A significant number of people would agree, with decent reasons that 2013 was a good year for many social entrepreneurs around the world. Leading the way, young African entrepreneurs initiated social ventures in education, healthcare and other sectors. In Zimbabwe, Lead Us Today, a social venture founded and led by Dalumuzi Mhlanga, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, made tremendous progress. Hundreds of young people were given training opportunities to learn critical skills including leadership and entrepreneurship equipping them for 21st century demands. In South Africa, Activate! led a historic movement inspiring young South Africans to “drive the change in their communities”.
The YouthGlobe teams also made inspiring progresses in Burundi. Our entrepreneurship and Innovation program directors were shocked when the number of applicants soared to 2000 candidates in just a few months.
Whilst these achievements are worth celebrating, they do not, in any way, provide a reason for the young people of the world to be complacent. In a recent UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education I attended, participants almost unanimously agreed that the world challenges were growing more complex and interconnected. These challenges will need to be addressed. For the first time in the history, Information and Technology has afforded us access to all the information we need to make well-informed decisions and take necessary action. As we reflect on 2013 and celebrate the beginning of 2014, young people around the world should resolve to collaborate more and take stronger action to initiate and strengthen ventures that will contribute to eradicating poverty in the world.