Alex O. Awiti – Founding Director of the East African Institute (EAI) of Aga Khan University: Youth are our future, not pawns in political competition

Alex O. Awiti - Founding Director of the East African Institute (EAI) of Aga Khan University: Youth are our future, not pawns in political competitionEdmund Burke, 18th century political theorist and philosopher wrote; “Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young men,[and women] and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation”.

The future is not some indistinct unknowable property. We are all involved in the active construction of the future. Through policies or actions we enable or obstruct the thriving of our children and shape our destiny. What our children eat and how the learn determines our place in the global productivity league table.

Over 80 percent of Kenya’s population is aged below 35 years and the median age is just 19 years. If you doubt these statistics, take a close look at the faces of Kenyans who swarm political rallies. If you are still not convinced take a walk on the streets of the cities and towns of this great land.

More at the source: Alex O. Awiti: Platform for Engaged Global Citizens: Youth are our future, not pawns in political competition

About AKU’s East African Institute

The EAI’s mission is to provide a coherent and impartial evidence-based platform for policy formulation, decision-making and action to address the challenges and harness the opportunities for adaptive and sustainable social and economic development while ensuring a resilient environmental resource base.

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