Adhiambo Marlyn Mayienga said – A society where every young person plays an important role no matter how small it may seem.
Most of my age mates will agree with me that being young is one of the most beautiful feelings to have. But like all good things in life, it all comes to an end at some point in our lives. The big question that lingers at the end of it all is, how did we use our time and to what benefit did our actions have to ourselves and to others in funding the development of the country and Africa as a whole.
Youths both have the energy and time to participate in whatever activities they set their mind to do. Unfortunately, most of them use this period in their lives for less constructive things that destroy them more than build them. As saddening as the situation is, this is the order of the day for most of the youth in the country. This is not to say that all the youths engage in destructive activities per se. Some of them devout their time to their studies in the hope of a brighter with little knowledge of the angry storm of uncertainty and unemployment that is only too eager and glad to swallow them up at the end of the road. With little to no option left for them, most of them walk through their youth with no morale for the future and we would not put too much blame for their actions owing to the poor state of affairs in most countries in Africa.
In spite of all this, our country still needs the bubbling bouts of energy that the youth have in plenty in order to build the nation. In that aspect, comes the vision I have always had for the African Youth for a better industrious Africa. A vision I believe will not only put our youth on the frontline on the global map but also put our continent as one of the places to be in, both economically and in the socio-political aspect.
I dream of youth who create an environment that favors technological innovation and entrepreneurship by using their learned skills or giving their time for the future they dream of. The world is quickly going into an era where technology is the order of the day and by having the necessary skill and technological advancement, then our dreams for a better Africa are foreseen.
I dream of an environment where the youth do not lament and cry about the poor state of affairs in their own country but instead take responsibility for the change they want to see. An environment where challenges such as the high rates of unemployment and the alarming rates of corruption do not limit them but instead they challenge their limits to get what they want. I dream of youth who are not cry babies and helpless to the economic and socio-political on goings but are go getters and are challenged to create a nation they will be proud to leave as inheritance to their children.
This generation of young people has a great amount of underlying abilities and talents that are screaming from within to be exploited. Given the chance and facilities, they could use these abilities not only to better themselves but give back to the society at large. A society where every young person plays an important role no matter how small it may seem. This is not to forget our founders and elders who will have their hands full as they pass down their knowledge and skill to the youth.
I envision a youth who strive for the positive development of humanity at the individual, family, community, national and international levels. Youth who fly the continental banner high in whatever positions they hold both locally and internationally without any inferiority complex to their peers from more developed countries.
It is always an easier and simpler option to opt for better and greener pastures when one’s environment is not so pleasing to them. Needless to say, some people love to take the easier way out. But who remains to build a Kenya and an Africa that all of us would love to stay and be proud in if none of us wants to stay and build the nation but instead run off to places that are already developed with the excuse of a better life there. Our fathers and mothers? I prefer to think not. After all, isn’t it the responsibility of the owner of the house to clean and beautify his own house? Their time is way past and it is our time to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty for what we desire. My dream is that the youth will not be afraid to get their hands dirty for what they want. Oh how sweet the fruits of one’s own labor. And it is always worth it if you worked for it.
In the recent past, we have witnessed a series of unfortunate incidents of the youth and their involvement with the Internet. And the blame for the actions has always been shifted and tossed from one party to another without looking at the bigger picture of actually solving the situation. Is it that our youth have so much time on their hands they can engage in such activities or is it that they are using totally wrong avenues to get their elders to catch their attention? It is a question that begs an answer effectively but has not been addressed in the right way. Involving them in projects and internships would be a fruitful way to give them an avenue to voice their opinions and nurture their skills at the same time. After all, how are they required to gain the necessary skills if they are not involved in the said fields? A society that readily gives these opportunities to the youth will benefit more in the future rather than leaving them out in the cold as the elders tire themselves out without passing down their skills.
I envision a youth who have a voice and are not afraid to speak their minds. People, who can organize themselves, take up their responsibilities, strengthen cooperation among the youth and youth structures and organizations as a platform and speak up to promote youth voices in the context of Africa’s development. In my community it is a taboo for a younger person to wait to be served by their elders. I dream of African youth who find it a taboo to wait for opportunities to look for them. Instead they rise up to the occasion and make the first bold step to their future.
It is no secret that this is the age where youths either make or break their lives and from the looks of it, not all of them seem to make it during that period. My vision is to help the young people discover themselves; giving them a new orientation so that they can contribute effectively with the resourceful potentials to the development of our continent and this can only be achieved if our elders serve as a medium for positive influence on the African youth. They serve as a lamp to guide our path in the right direction.
Driving my vision to a reality would have been easier if not for the many vices and negative influence among the youth that seem to be a stumbling block to this bright and great future they wish for. From the vicious claws of poverty to illiteracy, gender inequality and poor education systems and poor technology. There seems to be to be no end to the negative energy that wishes to dim out their bright lights. By doing away with these vices, the dream of the African youth will be one step closer than where it was. Poor leadership that has been the order of the order in most African countries has done little to help the situation. Especially if most of the elected leaders see their positions as a chance to hit it big at the jackpot and benefit them. With an Africa of dauntless and selfless leaders with a love for the youth, I believe we will be one step closer. After all, the goal is to save the next generation by producing qualitative leaders of tomorrow.
At the end of the day, all these will be just dreams that I fantasize about when I lay in bed if there are no guidelines laid down for my vision of the African youth. And how confident I am, that these are not just mere dreams but a reality in waiting. A daughter of the land once said that my dream is valid and there is absolute truth in that statement. Not working alone but with the help of both the young and elderly to make my dream, my fantasy into a reality. This can be achieved through partnership of our governments and organizations coming together and teaming up to support the young people’s dreams and aspirations because when it is all said and done, the future of our continent still lies in our hands. They can link up the youth and existing youth structures at both the national and international levels for partnership, collaboration and networking to maximize productivity, and minimize waste of valuable and scarce resources in Africa.
In addition, by mobilizing resources, both human, technical, technology and financial resources to support the work of the youth and youth organizations in their quest to effectively service delivery and advocacy activities in their youth projects at national, regional and at the continental levels will see the youth stand up for themselves and voice their opinions and ideas openly.
A future where youth involvement is a key factor of the country’s development because it can benefit both organizations and government portfolios and their programs as well as the youth themselves.
Programmes developed in partnership with the youth are more likely to be effective at engaging the population and therefore has a greater impact. Involving youth in decisions that affects them has a high possibility that the decision will be accepted, adopted, and become part of their daily lives rather than when it is imposed on them without their opinions.
Moreover, their empowerment to respond and identify with the needs of the environment at a local, national, regional and even continental level helps them become emphatic, reflective individuals, setting them on a course to continue the important work in the future and this therefore creates a cycle. Meaningful youth engagement views youth as equal partners with adults in decision-making. Programs and activities are developed with the youth rather than for the youth. This ensures they take part actively in the activities around them, promoting development.
In Kenya and globally, the youth have the greatest percentage of the population therefore it is no longer a choice but an imperative in the development process that should be recognized by the African continent at large. Failure to provide appropriate opportunities for this large part of the population would have enormous economic, political, social consequences. The little effort put by the countries is still not sufficient to satisfy this great urge for knowledge and skill by the youth. And this participation shouldn’t just be stretched out to the youth in the urban areas but also in the rural areas where there lies a group of youth with so much untapped potential and would be of great importance if involved in the development in the country. Any support in whatever forms extended to these leaders of tomorrow will go a long way in realizing our great African dream.
And when it will finally be handed over to us, we want to have skilled hands to help us carry it forward to greater and greater heights so that when our time for handing it over to the next generation comes too, we proudly hand over an inheritance that is worth mentioning.
My vision for the African youth is to become a force that will leave an imprint on the pages on history, one step at a time.
Adhiambo Marlyn Mayienga
My name is Marlyn Mayienga. I am a 20 year old Kenyan citizen currently pursuing my Bachelor Degree in Computer Science at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. I have a passion for technology and writing. Most importantly, I have a passion for Africa and would love to see it grow to its highest level. I love swimming, travelling and nature walks.
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