Human rights are commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. Human rights are thus conceived as universal and egalitarian. The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights was adopted in June 1981 and entered into force in October 1986. Alternatively referred to as the Banjul Charter, it is an international human rights instrument created to protect the human rights and basic freedoms of people living on the African Continent.
YALI supports human rights for all human beings. YALI advocates enshrinement of the Bill of Rights in all Constitution in the AU Member Countries. The Bill of Rights must provide for political, social, economical and cultural rights that must be justiciable to oblige member States to make clear efforts to meet these basic needs. This will also act as act as a criterion for government to priorities development. This will further ensure accountability and transparency by African governments in its preparation of National Budgets and equitable distribution of resources to key areas such as education
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The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) believes that education is the surest bet to get all segments of society involved in and benefiting from economic growth and transformation in African Countries. YALI is using education as a tool to prepare the local youth to take their place in their respective societies and not necessarily for life outside of Africa.
YALI continues to develop different approaches to ensure that its mission to contribute towards increasing the levels of literacy on various issues in Africa achieves intended goals. YALI has developed a series of modules that will help young people grasp and inculcate certain values and principles, some key topics covered include; youth leadership, entrepreneurship, governance/ anti corruption and human rights and democracy.
1.Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program
YALI program targets youth from high schools, colleges and universities to impart basic information on entrepreneurship as a way of preparing the youth for self-sustenance after completion of their formal education. YALI also provides a platform for youth people to meet their elected representatives, government officials and other stakeholders in town hall meetings as a way dialogue in order to have some of the problems solved and fostering towards solution solving.
•Development of effective and bankable business plans
•Budgeting and cash management skill building
•Networking skills within and with other young people across Africa
•Training on accessing capital and other resources
The majority of African population is built up by young people where over 60% of the continents population is made up of young people that are below the age of 30, despite being in the majority young people continue to be a marginalized group across Africa where their voices and participation in national developmental activities is very limited, currently Parliament is Zambia has less than 3% youth representation in parliament. YALI wants to build a carder of responsible young people that will take up the mantle of leadership in government, private sector and also in civil society that will ensure that youth issues are addressed with youthful solutions.
YALI has lined up a series of programs to achieve this such as professional training in partnership with its partners such Meridian International Centre, colleges and universities locally and internationally. YALI’s membership has boomed with the establishment of 87 leadership development clubs across the country in high schools, universities, colleges, higher learning institutions and now boasts of over 5875 members with several young professionals from civil society, government and the private sector.
Ensures the youth people have:
•Effective communication skills (oral and written)
•Youth dialogue and engagement
Ensures that there is civic education:
•Civic education: educate on the structure of federal (central) and local (district) government including the roles of the judiciary, legislative, and executive branches
•Youth participation in civil society
•Understanding the structure of the Ministries and how government decisions are made.
•Understanding corruption and its impact on society
•Anti-corruption negotiation skills. How to resist corruption. Where to report corruption, and learning ways to avoid making oneself vulnerable to paying bribes.
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The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) supports programs that are meant to enhance and engage young people in democratic governance and believes that a sustainable democracy requires citizens who demand democracy. The movement, a non-partisan network, aims at working with national leaders, political parties; public and private institutions to ensure young people are effectively empowered to play roles in Africa’s governance systems.
YALI through its mentorship program on democracy and good governance is reaching to young people in high schools, colleges, Universities, faith based organizations, political parties, markets, and civil society to change this trend and claim a bright future for the youth generation.