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Congo Kinshasa International Youth Day

An overview of statistics reveals that 60 per cent of the Congolese population is between 15 and 35 years old. This largest social group in the Congo is at the same time among its most vulnerable. Exposed to high unemployment, poor living conditions, limited access to quality education and an acute lack of perspectives for professional development, many young people become an ideal target for recruitment by armed groups and criminal organizations. MONUSCO is convinced that young people need particular attention and support geared toward promoting their education, health, development, civic engagement and non-violent political participation. Provision of quality education, more inclusive policies such as the enrolment of youngest voters in voter registers, as well as creating better employment opportunities, will pave way for the involvement of the Congolese youth as enablers for effective and sustainable development of the DRC.

“Investing in youth is investing in the country’s future. On the occasion of the International Youth Day, I call on the Government of DRC to put more focus on youth political participation and civic engagement and to make the improvement of their social and economic conditions its top priority”, concluded Mr Kobler.

Available: http://allafrica.com/stories/201508131347.html 

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