YOUTH AND POLITICS

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“I am the captain of my soul.”
Nelson Mandela 

Building a just society is not confined to establishing a political system with committed and law-abiding politicians and solid democratic institutions, but also to a democratic and peaceful political culture in which different worldviews are tolerated, respected, blend and change for the betterment of society.

West African countries will face a population explosion within the next couple of decades. The future of the region will heavily depend on the attitudes and behavior of young people within a just society conducive to the fulfilment of their dreams and aspirations. Although some countries in the region have made economic, social and political progress, unemployment and poverty persist.

With few prospects of earning a decent living in their own countries, an increasing number of young men and women look to the West, particularly Europe, for a better life. Some seek quick reward alternatives within the misery of their communities and countries by joining gangs or siding with religious charlatans, while others are even lured into terrorist organisations with false promises of rosy futures.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung West Africa supports projects in the region that contribute towards the development of a self-critical, open-minded and politically determined but peaceful new generation.

For more information please contact Ndongo Samba Sylla ndongo.sylla@rosalux.org