Youth Unemployment: Mpho Sedibe the Youth Unemployment mentor advised Ambassadors that they can significantly impact youth employment in Southern Africa for SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth by focusing on personal growth, addressing the skills gap, ensuring digital inclusion, supporting local business and collaborating with public and private sectors. By creating a conducive environment for job creation and economic growth, equipping young people with the necessary skills and knowledge for the job market and focusing on the youth's development, Ambassadors can help pave the way for a prosperous future where individuals are well-prepared to enter the workforce and contribute to economy’s overall growth. Ambassadors play a crucial role in promoting digital literacy skills and accessible information, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued.
Education: Entle Mmipi, mentored online ambassadors on Education, and highlighted the importance of education for individual empowerment, social development, and economic growth. SDG 4 aims for inclusive, equitable education for all, addressing financial constraints and promoting gender equality. Addressing 1 in 10 girl children's absenteeism during periods is a critical challenge in Southern Africa that requires support from schools, NGOs, local communities and governments, in raising awareness, and promoting hygiene management and reducing absenteeism for girls. The importance of technology integration in education cannot be understated to enhance accessibility and preparing students for a technology-driven society they will eventually lead.
Tefo Mokhine Education mentor for Ambassadors who attended in person emphasized the importance of education, particularly in rural and urban areas, and how supporting initiatives such as innovative learning platforms, incorporating gamification and virtual reality, and encouraging advanced programs and resources address SDG 4 & 8 to bridge the gap for educational opportunities is an imperative. Social support is was also emphasized, through platforms allowing users to connect, share experiences, and receive guidance. Experts in psychology, software development, and other fields collaborate to develop educational platforms were encouraged to collaborate and provide additional features, such as personality tests and career guidance, to help learners make informed decisions early on for their career selection. The education team recognised that education, training, and skills among Africa's youth will contribute effectively to Southern Africa’s economic growth.
Intrapreneurship: Abdul Karrim Ayob who mentored on the topic Intrapreneurship, shared how the practice of fostering entrepreneurial spirit within established organizations, is gaining traction in Southern Africa and advised Ambassadors how they can play a pivotal role in supporting SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and infrastructure and promoting intrapreneurship by building strong networks, amplifying the voices and ideas of the younger generation, embracing peer-to-peer learning, and recognizing the potential of job creation. Additionally, fostering a creative mindset that proactively adopts collaboration are essential for success in today's fast-paced business landscape. Overall, embracing intrapreneurship and innovation is crucial for driving economic growth and competitiveness for Southern Africas businesses.
Social Entrepreneurship: Nhlakanipho Chiliza mentored Ambassadors on a framework designed to help social entrepreneurs succeed. The framework emphasizes the importance of social interaction networks and the MVP concept, which focuses on creating a minimum viable product to meet social and economic requirements for the 2030 Global Goals. Nhlakanipho also highlighted the significance of establishing a brand, global presence, and offering purpose-orientated and accessible solutions, products & services, forming sustainable partnerships and addressing community needs, emphasizing the importance of continuous improvement for profit and non-profits social enterprises.
Transformation, diversity, equity, and inclusion (TDEI): Mona Lisa Danieli Mungure an online mentor for TDEI shared how effectively tackling diversity and inclusion challenges, requires a comprehensive approach for SDG 5 Gender Equality and SDG 8 Decent Work & Economic Growth. This includes advocating for the rights of marginalized communities, especially refugees, ensuring equal visibility and representation in the digital realm, and addressing disparities in social justice and equality. In Africa, addressing gender-based violence (GBV), access to quality education bridging the digital divide to empower rural communities with connectivity with access to technology is crucial to ensure a level playing field. In the pursuit of these goals, it is crucial to recognize and value the efforts made by both individuals and collectives, NGOs, Governments and Businesses. In acknowledging and appreciating these endeavours, we can foster a sense of gratitude and inspire others to actively participate as agents of change in the pursuit of shared objectives for the Transformation, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (TDEI) agenda in Southern Africa.
This meetup provided Ambassadors with the opportunity to develop innovative and impactful solutions that can address the most pressing challenges facing Southern Africa. Ambassadors participated and contributed their skills and expertise to commit to make a difference in the lives of millions of people across Southern Africa. It was a fun, inclusive, and an impactful meet up for Ambassadors to take action!