Highlights of The Annual Debate 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

by Business Council for Africa

The Annual Debate 2017 | Africa: The Next Chapter | Critical Points

Keynote 1 – Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders

  • 60% of Africa’s population are currently aged 25 and under and by 2024, Africa will be the most populous continent in the world.
  • It is thus vital to provide the educational opportunities to harness the talent and vitality of Africa’s youth as well as meet their growing aspirations.
  • The Africa Leadership University is a new network of institutions across the continent to do just this and train Africa’s future leaders in the right skills and self-confidence.
  • 5 points distinguish this initiative:  a focus on skills, not academic theory; strong links with potential employers; an emphasis on instilling an entrepreneurial instinct; using technology; and encouraging students to reflect on Africa’s challenges.
  • The Africa Leadership University encourages students to solve Africa’s challenges, and capture the continent’s opportunities.

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