There is political apathy among the youths. Present belief, fuelled by African leaders suggests that democracy is a Western import. The youth will need to be taught that democracy is “universal, intrinsically woven principle that offers the conditions for human beings to achieve their maximum potential.” .
OAYouth will ensure that youth are exposed to issues of human rights and politics and leadership. Youth will be taught the value of involvement in the making of policies that affect their communities and encouraged to engage in political activities such as voting. This will ensure that youth gain recognition in the channels of decision making.
Workshops and forums will teach students the principles of leadership that incorporate transparency, accountability and compassion. This will be fostered through participation, interactive dialogue and effective monitoring.
OAYouth will socialise youth to understand political and human rights in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. Committees will be set up in these institutions to ensure that these processes implemented and continue to function. Visits by students to various government and political institutions such as parliament will be organised to encourage participation in nation-building processes.
Oratorical competitions will be arranged so that articulate leaders can be identified and be given exclusive opportunities to study in institutions such as the African Leadership Academy.
Leaders in Industry, Art, Politics and international institutions will be invited to OAYouth workshops to address and inspire the youth.