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Empowering Rwanda’s youth demographic

World Population Day, observed on July 11th each year, aims to raise awareness about global population issues. Today, we wish to shine a spotlight on Rwanda, a vibrant nation teeming with youthful energy, and highlight the key role this demographic could play in molding the land of a thousand hills’ future.

In Rwanda, over 60% of the population is under 25, a statistic that brims with potential and opportunity. In that light, we must focus on harnessing this youthful vigor to foster sustainable development and peace. This youthful dynamism, if properly channeled, could be the catalyst that propels Rwanda into a future marked by prosperity, unity, and resilience.

Lets us talk about jobs a little bit. Economic development and employment stand at the forefront of the youth question. With our youthful population rapidly entering the workforce, we must concentrate on providing skill-based education that aligns with market demands, reducing unemployment and underemployment.

By 2035, there will be more young Africans entering the workforce each year than in the rest of the world combined.

The gap between available employment opportunities and the number of people entering the workforce in evident. Youth employment is one of the most critical issues on the continent.

It is imperative that the private sector, funders, civil society and youth work together as partners to ensure young people are prepared for the next decade.

The vast majority of the Rwandan population is engaged in subsistence farming; therefore, innovative strategies to develop the agriculture sector could create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

On KURA, we are always showcasing entrepreneurs. This is because if this young energy is harnessed strategically, it can enable young people to create their own businesses, reducing reliance on scarce jobs and fostering a culture of self-reliance and innovation. However, this necessitates the provision of resources, including education, funding, and mentorship, to nurture their entrepreneurial spirit.

Our journey towards development will not reach its desired destination without achieving Gender Equality. While Rwanda has made progress and is an exemplary nation, there’s still work to be done. We must continuously strive to empower our young women and girls, promoting their active participation in every facet of our society.

Young women and the skills they offer have a potential to change Africa’s socioeconomic future. Ensuring high-quality education is critical. Offering this young people the skills they need especially in this tech-driven era is imperative.

Digital transformation of our society offers exciting prospects. Our tech-savvy youth can lead this revolution, crafting digital solutions that cater to local needs while also catapulting Rwanda onto the global digital stage.

We must remember that youth are not just the future; they are the present. Let’s amplify their voices, cater to their needs, and together, weave the narrative of a thriving, united Rwanda.

By 2035, there will be more young Africans entering the workforce each year than in the rest of the world combined

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