DON BOSCO FOR YOUTH

DON BOSCO FOR YOUTH

Africa  has about 420 million young people aged 15 to 35 and this number is expected to increase  to 830 million by 2050 and approximately  46% of Africa’s labour force will be young people  aged 15-34 by 2063. Presently  youth face significant challenges in accessing key development resources such as education, skills, employment. Approximately 50% of secondary-age  Africans are out of schools and access to quality education which builds relevant skills are limited. In addition  there is a rising mismatch between education and the needs of industry and the labour market. Furthermore , an estimated 11 million youth enter the job market annually, however, only 3 million formal jobs are created  within that time frame. Lack of waged jobs  push the youth into the informal sector where jobs are typically less stable and have lower earning potential. As a result, thousands of young Africans  resort to desperate measures including forced migration in search of jobs, livelihood and a better future.