Being Young – Youth, Education and Mobility in Africa
Nearly 70 percent of Africa’s population is under 30 years old. This phenomenon is often perceived as a ticking time bomb. The unemployed, restless youth are considered to either become clandestine immigrants to Europe or violent actors of civil unrest in edgy African terrains. At the same time, young African entrepreneurs, fresh-faced artists and highly qualified urban dwellers form part of the recently much-hyped “Africa rising” and the so-called new middle class, representing the continent’s economic booster and creative future.
By looking at various forms and images of being young in Africa, this course avoids snap judgments and classifications. Participants engage with case studies and different perspectives on the overall theme, and develop a nuanced picture of young African “makers and breakers” on the continent and beyond.
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