Young people have the potential to shape and influence their future and that of their communities. They are the next generation of leaders, captains of industry, parents and teachers and are an indispensable human resource for countries in which they live. To achieve their full potential, national governments, corporates, civil societies and international agencies needs to invest in youth now to adequately equip them for the future.
Research indicates that young people between the age of 10-24 years of age constitute for 33% of the population in Africa. 63% of Tanzanians are below the age of 25 making them a crucial social capital and potential human force. If invested in and nurtured, youth can be positive agents of change and the bedrock for socio-economic development of a nation.
“The investments we make in youth today will determine how they lead us into tomorrow. That is why we have built a youth-friendly, relatable platform specifically designed for adolescents to access key life skills.” Rebecca Young, Founder AIO.
In saying that, the transitional path from childhood to adulthood is a perilous one for youth with obstacles that threaten to distract, derail and even destroy young people’s aspirations and in some cases, their lives. Public services do not always speak the language of young people and for many, they feel unapproachable spaces that lack youth-friendly staff. Peer pressure, poverty, drug and substance abuse, sexual abuse, child marriage, early pregnancy, physical violence and micro nutrient deficiency are real challenges youth need key life skills in order to navigate well during this fragile time.
Rachel, a Jipange intern researching gender violence before interviewing professionals on the subject.
Africa Inside Out incubated a multi-media digital platform in 2019 called ‘JIPANGE’ which means ‘get prepared’ in Kiswahili. The Skills for Life platform designed for young people, by young people will provide useful information and guidance on issues ranging from healthy relationships, talent and entrepreneurship, job seeking, health and social welfare services and citizenship.
The JIPANGE content that has been engineered by Tanzanian youth for Tanzanian youth during a 6 month internship program at AIO has developed content that it is relevant, relatable and resonates amongst young people.
Neema recording an audio play on safe sex after participating in a workshop with Doctors and Health Professionals.
The platform which is essentially a peer-to-peer content provider immediately connects young people to the brand and provides them with key life skills through music, theatre and audio plays, podcasts discussions, interviews with professionals and template downloads.
His Excellency, Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, 4th President of Tanzania visiting the JIPANGE team to see first hand how the youth are creating content for their peers.