The Horn of Africa’s youth look up to the APRM for improved African peace and security
The APRM Continental Secretariat was represented at the Secretariat Management of Social Transformations (MOST) School, on the theme, Youth, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa, that took place at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, from 1 – 5 April 2019. The MOST School is an initiative of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Social Sciences Programme for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST). The “School” in Uganda, is the first in Eastern Africa, organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in partnership with Makerere University and the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO.
It is important to note that MOST Schools are events and platforms that pay attention to societal challenges. The MOST School at Makerere University convened government officials, academics in social and human sciences, civil society organisations from Uganda, South Sudan, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. The convener of the MOST School, Dr. Lamin Amin Abdul Rahman explained that MOST School at Makerere was a multi-stakeholder dialogue aimed at bridging the gap between knowledge production, policy making and policy implementation on youth challenges in the Horn of Africa.
The APRM Continental Secretariat was represented by Mr. Lennon Monyae who gave a keynote address that provided an overview of the APRM’s core and expanded mandate. He further explained the role of the APRM in providing policy recommendations around youth challenges such as unemployment, poor quality of education and skill development, inequality, political apathy and substance abuse as cross-cutting and needing urgent attention. Mr Monyae sensitised participants about the APRM’s Africa Governance Report 2019 which sufficiently reflected on youth, peace and security and also encouraged African Union Member State to prioritize the signing, ratification, and implementation of the African Youth Charter of 2006.
During the 4-day programme at Makerere University, Mr Monyae took the opportunity to encourage participants;
- Get involved in APRM programmes,
- Requested participants to popularize the APRM and its call for AU Member States universal accession by the year 2023,
- Invited representatives of AU Member States Youth Councils to the APRM International Youth Symposium in Chad,
- Encouraged participants to apply for African Governance Experts Seminar Series (AGOSS) scheduled to take in Cape Town, South Africa.
Amb. Abdikarim Abdi Adan, the Senior Advisor /Int. Parliamentary Co-ordinator to the Somaliland Ministry of Parliamentary and Constitutional Affairs informed participants that Somaliland was Africa’s good governance best kept secret. Hon. Adan explained that Somaliland was still facing Statehood challenges and was not yet a Member State of the African Union. He requested for formal channels that will possibly result in Somaliland stakeholders getting involved in APRM activities.
Hon. David Demey Unyo, Chairperson of South Sudan Parliamentary Committee on Culture Youth and Sport noted that South Sudan parliamentarians are inadequately informed about the work of the APRM. He welcomed the positive contributions of the APRM and undertook the responsibility of reporting back to South Sudan’s governance Parliamentary Caucus.
The MOST School was closed by Lord Mayor of Kampala, Hon Erias Lukwago who explained that African Union Members States had developed a common position post-2015 development agenda which now informs most of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Hon. Lukwago further called for African youth to play a central role in the Silencing of Guns by 2020.