YOUNG POLITICAL LEADERSHIP SCHOOL AFRICA - YPLSA
The Young Political Leadership School Africa (YPLS Africa), a program that contributes to the formation of a new generation of character-driven political and socially active leaders that would be accountable, responsive, and accessible to the needs and interests of their citizens and help to shape the future of their respective countries in the positive direction. It is part of Naymote Partners for Democratic Development political governance program.
WE ARE CREATING THE NEXT- GENERATION OF CHARACTER-DRIVEN AFRICAN LEADERS
By 2050, Africa’s population is expected to double from 1.2 billion people to 2.4 billion. With over 60% of the population being under 25 years old, Africa is one of the world’s youngest continents with a median age of 19.5 years according to the U.N.
Its youthful population presents powerful opportunities for economic growth, political participation and democratic governance, and social inclusion, yet this demographic also presents tremendous challenges as well as implications for peace and security.
One of the largest concerns facing African youth today is the lack of representation in politics and decision-making processes. The numerical strength of young people is an asset; therefore, there needs to be a shift in attitudes and behaviors with the cultivation of a new value system as well as relevant knowledge and skills that will position African youth as a new breed of leaders.
Young people have the numbers that should be mobilized with the best amongst them to win elected offices bringing youth exuberance, new political thinking, but most especially good governance tenets with increased organizational skills, better planning skills, increased capacity to change the discourse of political engagement and triggering economic growth.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Former Pres. Republic of Liberia
Our fellows listen to leaders to drive their passion.
Over the course of one year, fellows engage in a series of theoretical and interactive exercises designed to develop their knowledge and political leadership skills. Our program includes the following:
One-Week Professional Development Training: Fellows participate in a week-long training to enhance their skills in planning, organizing, and implementing political campaign events, strengthen their leadership, management, communication, and networking skills, etc.