My name is Dr.Mzamilu, I am a Tanzanian who is deeply devoted in raising awareness about different social issues within our society. Due to this devotion of mine, I decided to create a project which focus on educating the youths about social, and economical issues and all other issues about youths!
Dear friends Tanzanian youths being the majority in the country's labour force, they are still challenged in issues around pursuing their destiny through decent employment, access to quality education and their participation in decision making processes.
These are largely the results of inadequate initiatives to support youth in search of economic empowerment opportunities especially through social entrepreneurship and formal businesses minimal recognition in formal governance processes as well as mismatch between skills they get in schools with the job market requirements.
This signals untapped youths potential. It is key for partners,stakeholders and the community as whole to recognise the youth power and leadership as a key asset in addressing all the development challenges facing youths in the country.
Today, 50 percent of the world‘s population is under 25 years old. In Tanzania, 64 percent of the population is under 24 and those aged (15-35) account for 34 percent of the entire population of more than 45 million people. They represent the largest generation in history in an era of PeakYouth; a diverse group of people with different needs, skills and aspirations and they are increasingly connected. Youth constitute a great share of the country’s labour force — about 68 percent — and one third of the population. This translates in power to drive development in their communities, to participate in decision making or democratic processes. Still, youth are unrecognized and adversely affected in many aspects.
What matters to this generation?
In a survey conducted in 2015 by the various youth NGOs young people gave their opinion on ten priority issues which were incorporated in a manifesto Among the issues raised, three main challenges were identified and are explained in more detail below:
According to the youth interviewed unemployment stood out as a key challenge. The government’s Integrated Labour Force Survey found national unemployment among youth aged 15-24 being 13.7 percent and those 25-35 being 9.8 percent.
However, a representative survey conducted by Youth NGOs 2012/2013 in 7 regions of Tanzania mainland shows unemployment among the 1000 participants was above 50 percent, exceeding the national rate. Around 800,000 to 1,000,000 youth are entering the job market every year in Tanzania, and their access to formal employment is minimal. The infrastructure to support those who are interested in social entrepreneurship is very limited. Challenges are skills mismatch between formal education and job market requirements, accessing capital as well as high costs of running a business in Tanzania. All these factors contribute to high unemployment rates among youth. The majority left out by the existing few formal jobs are absorbed in the informal business sectors, often ending up not being recognized businesses
2. Lack of Education and Enough skills
Several studies that have been conducted revealed a mismatch between the quality of education and job market requirements. Youth also identified the quality of education they receive in different education settings to be too theoretical and not equipping them to better match employment opportunities. They further identified contributing factors to this being unsuitable learning materials and environment, teachers’ missing motivation and the curriculum not reflecting changing technologies and markets.
3. Youth Involvement in the Decision Making
Despite constituting the majority ofthe population (under 35 year olds account for almost 65 percent), young people are underrepresented at all levels of decision making institutions,especially in the local governments. Only 27 percent have reported to have meaningfully participated in local government meetings which are elementary in making development plans and budgets providing direction and a vision for development. This low percentage can be connected to governance and accountability issues: Due to limited spaces for participation, there is also limited transparency and accountability. Hence misuse of resources and corruption are more likely to occur.
What needs to be done?
Young people are not waiting for the permission to lead; they take actions that help bringing solutions to their challenges. They are taking initiative to empower themselves through volunteer programmes and internship opportunities. Youth are strengthening their voices through campaigning and even get those with powers to have a deep look at the challenges they face, be it clearing the fear of misconceptions, addressing the skills mismatch between formal schooling an labour market or campaigning for leadership roles.One major aspect in tackling the challenge of youth unemployment is the potential social entrepreneurship initiatives. Youth have a strong feeling that it can play a great role in unlocking growth by creating jobs and supporting small and informal sector businesses
As Youth, working with my fellow youths in Tanzania, we are making sure that the leaders, government agencies, international organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders are to be coordinated in order to support and empower young people to reach their vision of a just and better community. Together we should keep our minds and plans on ensuring that youths are at the core of designing, delivering and evaluating their programmes. They know best what their needs are and what will work to engage them.
Therefore, following the stipulated challenges facing us in the community we are before you asking for your donation or any support you can offer, the fund collected will be used in conducting various youths seminars on Entrepreneurship skills, leadership skills, initiating and running various youths projects, various preventive measures for various diseases affecting youths like HIV/AIDs and it will be used to pay school/College tuition fees for the youths who are from less privileged families!
YOUTHS ARE THE ASSETS AND THE CORNERSTONE OF THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD, LET US KEEP JOINING HAND!!
"Together we can"
Thank you for your support!
( The youth, with long live dreams)