PAP pledges solidarity with African Youths
The Youth Caucus of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has pledged strong solidarity with African youths to ensure that their plight and challenges are a priority for PAP, the African Union (AU) and individual states.
“It is crucial for PAP to show strong solidarity with the African youths and instil a sense of optimism in them so that they continue to believe in Africa, believe in their countries and believe in their leaders,” Honourable Maria Ivone Rensamo Bernado Soares, First Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament Youth Caucus, stated on Friday, August 5.
Honourable Soares was speaking during a meeting of PAP’s Youth Caucus that was held at the PAP in Midrand, South Africa.
She said PAP needed to send out a clear message of solidarity with African youths through the parliament’s members and all national youth organisations across the continent as Africa will be joining the rest of the world in commemorating the International Youth Day on August 12.
“We need to reach out to our young people that are disadvantaged and opt to leave the continent to look for better life elsewhere, and assure them that their challenges are our priority,” Honourable Soares said.
She therefore called for PAP to be more proactive in ensuring proper coordination between PAP and the AU Commission in all efforts and initiative pertaining to activities that are aimed at championing the fulfilment of the rights of young people in Africa.
The Caucus Fourth Vice President, Honourable Claude Kamanda, concurred with Honourable Soares that there was a disconnect between PAP and AUC on initiatives concerning the continent’s youths and therefore called for a stronger partnership between the two AU organs.
He emphasised the need for closer collaboration between PAP and the AU commission since both organs have the same goal; to address the plight of youths in Africa and according young people of Africa a better life so that they become the continent’s productive citizens.
The PAP Youth Caucus has drawn up a number of initiatives to carry out its mandate including considering several partnerships to champion the cause of African youths. One such, is the impending signing of a memorandum of understanding with Africa Unite, a non-governmental organisation, which is involved in various initiatives aimed at the protection of human rights and empowerment of young people on the continent.