Transforming Africa's largest generation into the greatest generation
At the end of the PICHNET 2018 survey, a statistical database was collected. These precious data on young school children in the city of Yaoundé, their characteristics, their aspirations, their exposure to violence and risky behaviors or their use of social networks, are now being used within a program for writing scientific articles.This program aims to produce at the end of the first half of 2020, around twenty scientific articles on various themes which are topical and which respond to the problems of young people.
“If there is one essential point to remember from the report, the first is the need to sound the alarm about the progress or the lack of progress that the world is making in a few areas, notably that of inequalities and that of the environment. But at the same time, there are avenues if we act quickly, if we act methodically with the support of scientific research, “explains Parfait Eloundou Enyegue.
Our partner explains that, for many countries, demographic issues are an important issue for the progress that will or will not be made; in the area of ??inequality as well as that of growth or even that of preserving the environment. “My personal contribution, on the margins of the report, but also integrated into the report, is at the level of the contributions of demography in particular, because, at this moment there is a pivotal generation which will influence in a lasting way the prospects of development on the African continent ”, he specifies.
If the demographer is to be believed, science must negotiate, renegotiate and prove its contributions to sustainable development. If you believe it, what’s important is to put in place active platforms that allow scientists to have a useful and accelerated input into political decision-making on inequality and the environment. And this even in the system where the contributions of science are recognized and accepted.
Beyond the so-called formal training, many other lessons are brought to them in order to strengthen their social character, to bring them closer to their community. They had the opportunity to learn first aid, to learn how to maintain vehicles, certain craft skills to name a few.
Besides this, these young people were confronted with social reality by visiting medical units, disadvantaged people, meeting professionals sharing their life experience.
Young people’s transition from school to work is a key moment their lives
This transition is of concern in Africa today for three reasons. First, the region currently experiences a ‘youth bulge,’ i.e., a historical swelling of its population of young adults. Second, many of these remain unemployed and socially disengaged for long periods of time after their schooling. Third, this life-stage –already prone to risk-taking behavior—can become a period of skill loss, despair, and social alienation unless specific programs are implemented to engage youth during that period or to build skills that foster resilience.
Our project, in that light, will test several programmatic interventions that can support youth as they transition from school to work. It involves several data collection, analysis, and policy dissemination activities.
Our Mission is to Inspire and Motivate
Knowledge earned through experience.
You cannot change the past but you can learn from it. What went well, what went wrong, what would you do different next time?
Don’t obsess over the past, don’t expect to get it back, don’t expect to receive a do-over. But don’t ignore it either.
The value of experience is in what you’re able to learn. From massive success, from heartbreaking failure, from everything in between, there’s a lot of great, useful information.
You won’t come across the same exact situation again. Yet you will face very similar challenges.
Knowing what works and what doesn’t work, enables you to move successfully through those challenges. Knowing you’ve done it before, regardless of the prior outcome, is a confidence booster with no equal.
Look back occasionally, realize and pay attention to what you’ve learned. Apply the knowledge you’ve earned through experience, and be more effective than ever before.”