As part of its audiovisual campaign around the African Youth Charter, launched in October 2013 at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, UNESCO has now released the English-language version of the twenty-six online youth-friendly spots illustrating the rights and duties of African youth.
This public awareness campaign aims at reaching out to as many young women and men as possible on the African continent aged between 15 and 35, from different cultural and social backgrounds. The campaign is the result of a mutual investment between UNESCO and the African Union Commission. The Charter is meant to provide young people with a political and legal framework intended to support the development of youth activities at the continental, regional and national level in Africa.
The English-language version of the campaign will be launched at the Pan-African Forum "African Youth and the Challenge of the promotion of Culture of Peace in Africa", held in Gabon, Libreville from 11 to 13 December 2014. The Forum will bring together the Presidents and Representatives of National Youth Councils of 54 Member States of the African Union as well as Representatives of active African youth organizations. The Libreville Forum represents an excellent opportunity to renew the call upon all Member states of the African Union to ratify the African Youth Charter, in view of accelerating the implementation of the Plan of Action of the African Youth Decade 2009-2018. To that end, the videos will be given maximum visibility and will be running continuously during the Forum.
If the use of two widely spoken international languages (English and French) is a first important step in the dissemination of the Charter throughout the continent, the next move would will-would be to translate the videos into different local languages that are used transnationally throughout Africa such as Swahili, Fulani, Malinke and Bambara. This would provide a unique multilingual structure allowing to reach out to a larger number of young people in Africa to make them aware of the potential impact the content of the Charter could have on their lives and within their communities.