Some 300 delegates from at least 40 African countries attended a five-day pan African youth forum that kicked off Monday with the aim of addressing youth’s challenges on the African continent.

At the launch of the forum, Burundian Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Jean Bosco Hitimana said the youth in Africa in general and in Burundi in particular face challenges including unemployment and political manipulation.

He said between 13 and 17 percent of Burundian young people who complete their secondary education do not get jobs.

“Young people should know that their life lies in their hands. Therefore they should think of creating their jobs,” Hitimana said.

According to him, on request of the Burundian youth, the Burundian government last year set up a 10-year national youth’s policy to address the youth’s challenges.

Hitimana indicated that the policy notably provides the creation, as of next year, of a youth’s bank that will finance projects of the Burundian youth.

“The project of launching the youth’s bank during the first three months of next year is far ahead in our ministry (for the youth). Its business plan has already been developed,” Hitimana emphasized. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh