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20 Years of Afro-Arab Youth Impact

20 Years of Afro-Arab Youth Impact

Collaborative efforts promote youth empowerment, cultural exchange, and economic development (Courtesy photo)

Collaborative Efforts Promote Youth Empowerment, Cultural Exchange, and Economic Development

In a dynamic blend of cultural celebration, strategic partnership, and youth empowerment, the Afro-Arab Youth Council (AAYC) commemorates its 20th anniversary with a series of events spanning from March 1st to 10th, 2024. Under the theme “Youth, Culture, Peace, and Wellbeing,” the anniversary celebrations are set to engage youth from across the African and Arab regions in dialogue, action, and reflection.

Strengthening collaboration for youth development

The AAYC, in collaboration with the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), spearheads initiatives aimed at fostering cooperation among member states in education, science, culture, and communication. With Uganda hosting the secretariat of ICESCO, the AAYC leverages this partnership to host delegates from 35 countries across the Afro-Arab region, affirming its commitment to youth empowerment and regional integration.

Youth-centric dialogue and engagement

A highlight of the celebrations includes intergenerational dialogues on pressing issues affecting youth, such as mental health challenges, employment, skilling, and participation in the social media era. These dialogues, hosted at prominent educational institutions like Makerere University and Kampala International University, aim to facilitate meaningful discussions on the future trajectory of youth in the African and Arab space.

Cultural exchange and tourism

The anniversary festivities extend beyond dialogue to embrace cultural exchange and tourism. Delegates are treated to a tourism program featuring nature walks through Mabira Forest and visits to iconic landmarks like Itanda Falls and Busowooko Falls in Jinja. The cultural gala at Jinja SS promises to be a vibrant showcase of diverse cultural performances from Arab and African groups, fostering mutual understanding and appreciation.

Impactful initiatives and partnerships

Over the years, the AAYC has undertaken numerous initiatives to empower youth and promote socio-economic development. From establishing innovation hubs and facilitating youth exchange programs to promoting food security and providing business capital boost, the council’s efforts have touched the lives of thousands of young people across the continent.

Distinguished speakers and participants

The anniversary celebrations will feature esteemed speakers, including H.E. Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of ICESCO, and Prof. Roland Lumumba, Chairman of the Patrice Lumumba Foundation. Additionally, high-ranking officials from various countries and organizations, including the AAYC President and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Libya, Abdulhadi lahweej, will grace the occasion, underscoring the significance of youth empowerment and collaboration in advancing regional development goals.

As the Afro-Arab Youth Council marks its 20th anniversary, it reaffirms its commitment to promoting youth, peace, unity, and development across the African and Arab regions. Through strategic partnerships, impactful initiatives, and inclusive dialogue, the council continues to serve as a beacon of hope and opportunity for young people, driving positive change and fostering a brighter future for generations to come.

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