Kampala 27, November 2018 Ms. Lucky Nyasulu, a second year student pursing a Masters in Community Studies and Extension at Egerton University in Kenya, and a beneficiary of the Mastercard scholarship at RUFORUM spoke on behalf of youth during the First Extra-ordinary Summit of Committee of Ten Heads of State Summit (C10) championing Education, Science and Technology development in the continent. This took place in Lilongwe, Malawi from 2-3 November 2018.
In her speech, Ms. Nyasula noted that there is an unemployment crisis around the African Continent and called upon youth to stop thinking of getting employed but rather think of how best to take advantage of opportunities that not only better themselves but also those in their communities. She also made reference to the Sixth African Higher Education Week where twenty three (23) Young Innovators from across the continent were awarded prizes for their various innovation and appreciated efforts made by the African Development Bank, Tonny Elumelu Foundation, FANRPAN and RUFORUM in supporting youth Agri-business enterprises in Africa.
RUFORUM was established to promote the integration of member universities into Africa’s development processes, particularly within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A), Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), and the African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024). To support the implementation of these strategies including the Continental TVET Strategy, the African Union (Assembly Decision AU/Dec.671 and Assembly/AU/Dec 572) established the Committee of Ten Heads of State (C10) in July 2015, with two Heads of State from each geographical region of Africa to voluntarily participate in the Committee, comprising of: Senegal; Sierra Leone; Egypt; Tunisia; Gabon; Chad; Malawi; Namibia; Kenya; and Mauritius. The C10 was endorsed by the African Union Assembly of January 2018 and held its inaugural meeting in Addis Ababa on 27 January 2018. The C10 has since adopted its rules of procedure, and held its first Extra-Ordinary Summit hosted by the Government of the Republic of Malawi where Ms. Nyasula spoke.
In her conclusion, Ms. Nyasulu said that her strongest desire is to be an agent of change in rural areas, and that one day, she will have a model farm with modernised technologies in Malawi her country of origin which will not only help her but her community. She said that it is all feasible if more investment is put to science and innovations.
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