Over 1 Billion African Youth by 2035
2 out of 3 will not be prepared for the workforce
Last week, we supported Make a Difference Wisconsin, an organization that provides financial literacy programs and resources that empower Wisconsin teens to make sound financial decisions. This week, we’d like to support an organization that provides similar programs in Africa.
JA (Junior Achievement) Africa is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the largest global,nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering young people to own their economic success by enhancing the relevance of education. Their unique, experiential programs focus on the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. They inspire Africa’s youth to start their own businesses, give them the skills to succeed in the global job market and provide them with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions as adults.
And, about Africa’s youth…
60% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa and about 37% of its workforce are youth under age 25. By 2025, two-thirds of Africa’s population will be under 25 years of age and Africa will be home to 25% of the world’s youth population.
Africa reports the highest youth working poverty rates globally, almost 70% in 2016.
Low education or schooling rates are a significant contributor to this situation:
- 45% of youth aged 15 to 19 are out of school and working in the informal sector.
- Nearly 2 in 3 young workers do not have the level of education expected to work productively on the job.
There are currently an estimated 95 million unskilled youth in Africa who are out of school and either unemployed or underemployed. Approximately 10 – 12 million young people enter into this weak African labor market every year.
Without serious and results-oriented intervention, sub-Saharan African youth will continue to face lives of underemployment and poverty.
Read about their programs below. You will be impressed.
Even more fun… read some of their Success Stories!
Every donation makes a difference! Let’s help the youth of Africa together.
This week we are happy to donate $100 to JA Africa to empower our growing numbers of African youth.
If you’d like to join us in making a donation to JA Africa, please donate here!