Think. Speak. Participate: 1st EAC Youth Conference in Arusha, Tanzania

The 1st East African Community (EAC) Youth Conference themed ‘The EAC Youth: Think. Speak. Participate’ took place from 5-6 December 2014 at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
According to the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Jesca Eriyo, the conference is the first formal process of engaging the Youth in the region following the adoption of the EAC Youth Policy by the EAC Council of Ministers in August 2013. The Policy guides the Community in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes geared towards the youth in the region while ensuring sustainable social, economic and political development.
The theme of the Youth Conference was realised through discussions on a number of interrelated sub themes including entrepreneurship, employment, skills development and innovation; leadership, governance, peace building, human rights and conflict management; creativity, expression and transformation; youth and sexual reproductive health and substance abuse; and youth: environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation.
More than 200 youths from diverse backgrounds, taking into account gender, marginalised youth, rural youth, youth living with disabilities, youth in slum dwellings, among others, discussed with other participants like government officials, young parliamentarians, PSOs, CSOs, professional bodies, Academia/Universities, media and EAC Organs and Institutions, development partners and other interest groups.
Source: EAC Press Release, 1 December 2014