Tanzania has the 10th largest youth population in the whole world, 66% of the youth population in Tanzania are under the age 25 and figure is set to rise. The main challenges that young people face are staying healthy and achieving sustainable income to have a proper future for them and their families.
Young people are heavily affected by Tanzania’s development agent issues with age and gender hierarchal societies re-enforcing young people’s exclusion in decision making from community to national level. The difficulties that youth face are: to get job, even for those with higher education levels, that is because employers look for experienced personnel, nepotism or sexual favors are required; many are affected by social problems like drugs, crimes, alcoholism and depression – preventing them from building up a career goal or to become entrepreneurs. We also have to consider that working conditions are harsh and often dangerous because the laws are not properly enforced. And finally, they cannot have access to a Startup capital as many government programs are not implemented or not implemented in a proper way.
AYPAD Tanzania have a short term goal, to establish a skills training center that will enhance youth skills in IT, sewing and beautician. This, complemented with educating them on how to develop a life plan, grow their own businesses and also creating awareness of a healthy lifestyle, will improve the youth situation in a particular area. If we get the opportunity to develop more centers we will be able to encourage more young people, being able to disrupt the, nowadays usual, youth situation.
In the near future we want to develop projects that will also help in creating a healthy and safe environment for all livelihood, building up a Program to keep our environment clean. For example, to plant trees in areas where deforestation rate is high or improving waste management in our communities.
Following AYPAD’s objectives, our global aim is to develop a network that will help youth and women living in difficult circumstances in Tanzania, for them to be able to find a path towards a better future and be able to create sustainable and healthy livelihoods.