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Feb 12
2019

African Youth Ready for a Digital Future; But Leaders are Lagging Behind

If Africa’s leaders do not act quickly to move the continent into the 21st century, young people will leave them behind, South Africa’s President Cyril M. Ramaphosa said at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Young people are ready for the digital era and are engaged in technology, but governments are not keeping up. They […]

Dec 09
2019

Empowering Youth to Champion Human Rights

The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is ‘Youth standing up for human rights.’ Every person is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact of being human. These are called “human rights” rather than a privilege (which can be taken away at someone’s whim). They are “rights” because they are things you […]

Dec 02
2019

Why HIV/AIDS Is Still A Crisis

At the turn of the new millennium, HIV was sweeping the globe largely unchecked and a diagnosis was usually a death sentence. We have come a long way in the fight to end AIDS since then. New HIV infections are down by more than 40% since their peak in the 90’s. Through vital medical and […]

Nov 22
2019

Ending Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses in the world. As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way – most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member. This violence […]

Oct 15
2019

Empowering Children and their Families to End Poverty

Tomorrow 17th October marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage. Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses […]

Sep 02
2019

Use All Means to Achieve Your Desired Goals

A father and son were spending time in a garden, the father working in the garden and the son playing around. Soon, the son wanted to do what his father was doing, so he started to imitate the father, trying his best to impress him by performing small works. He begged his father to give […]

Aug 15
2019

Youth and the Job Market

As has been witnessed in recent news clips and articles, unemployment is currently one of the major challenges for the youth in the country. This has been further compounded by a lack of formal jobs and social safety nets. Various research data shows that youth unemployment is higher in urban than in rural areas. This […]

Jun 28
2019

School Visits by Alfred Polo Foundation – May 2019

The Alfred Polo Foundation has always worked towards youth empowerment through improving education and sports activities in schools. In May 2019, the APF team visited a number of primary and secondary schools for a series of empowerment events. The activities involved included motivational talks, award ceremonies, and sports matches. For the primary schools, the team […]

Apr 16
2019

Preventing Violence Against Women

The past few week(s) we have witnessed unprovoked attacks on women all over the country by men; some of which have resulted in the deaths of these women. Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. Given the devastating effect violence has on […]

Mar 19
2019

Striving to End Hunger, Now and in the Future

The latest news reports show that famine is being experienced in 12 counties across Kenya with the worst hit being Turkana county where around 805,000 people out of 1.2 million are faced with starvation. When people are hungry and malnourished, they are less able to improve their livelihoods; adequately care for their families; live full […]

Feb 26
2019

Youth Engagement in Wildlife Conservation

As the world prepares to observe the World Wildlife Day on Sunday, 3rd March 2019, Kenya must strive to create a conducive environment to engage and empower the youths to be proactive to save, protect and conserve the continent’s rich wildlife resource base which is under threat of extinction. The reason we need to widen […]