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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 […]

Jan 28
2019

Keeping Up With Your New Year Resolutions

The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. A new year often feels like a fresh start, a great opportunity to eliminate bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically, […]

Dec 04
2018

Creating Opportunities for Disabled Youth

On Monday, 3rd Dec 2018, the world observed the annual World Disability Day with the theme being “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. It is critical to ensure, in this regard, the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and create enabling environments by, for and with persons […]

Nov 19
2018

Sanitation as a Human Right

Did you realise that through your last trip to the toilet, you were actually exercising one of your fundamental human rights? Consider how different your day would have been today had you not had access to a toilet at home, at school, or at work. Globally, 2.3 billion people still do not have access to […]

Oct 17
2018

Implementation of an Entrepreneurial Mindset

In our two previous blogs, we talked about, ‘How Youth Entrepreneurship can Tackle Unemployment’ and  ‘Teaching Entrepreneurship in Schools’. In this third and final blog of the series, we are going to look at implementing an entrepreneurial mindset. This is possibly the most crucial aspect of being an entrepreneur: taking action. An entrepreneurial mindset requires: […]

Oct 08
2018

Teaching Entrepreneurship in Schools

Entrepreneurship is not your average subject. You don’t learn about or go about teaching entrepreneurship alone like you would with most subjects. You have to experience it hands on. It is a subject that can develop your outlook and your personal character, not just in business, but in everyday life, too. If we could recommend […]

Oct 02
2018

How Youth Entrepreneurship Can Tackle Unemployment

One of the most popular topics on Alfred Polo Foundation and one of the most popular topics among youth in general, entrepreneurship is at the height of its popularity. Within this topic of entrepreneurship, the term social entrepreneurship is simply flourishing. It is being talked about over and over again, and young people from all […]

Sep 03
2018

Matatus: A Symbol of Kenya’s Urban Youth?

Matatus fill the streets, blaring music as they bounce and weave through traffic. Each matatu is louder than the next, complete with graffiti-style artwork, custom designs, flashy lights and on-board entertainment to pull the crowds. Convenient, cheap and sometimes chaotic, matatus are the choice mode of transport for most Kenyan youth. Some people may argue that […]

Aug 27
2018

An Invisible Yet Devastating Killer

Kenyan writer Ted Malanda once quipped, “I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that depression is an illness… In fact, it is such a non-issue that African languages never bothered to create a word for it.” These words capture the general attitude by Kenyans, held as much by officials as by ordinary people, towards […]

Aug 10
2018

Providing Safe Spaces for Youth to Grow

Kenyans have hopes and dreams for the future; for its children, neighbouring countries, and the global community. These aspirations rest on the shoulders of the youngest generation. August 12, 2018 marks the 18th celebration of the U.N.’s annual International Youth Day with this year’s theme being ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’. This awareness day is a […]