Most African Youths Want Wi-fi To Be A Basic Human Right – Report

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Largest of its kind Youth Survey reveals rising Afro-Optimism and Afro-Capability driven by entrepreneurship, post-colonial mindset, digital technologies and shared African identity.

According to a new survey by BCW Africa, 79 percent of youths in Afirca believe that Wi-Fi access should be a fundamental human right.

The study also found out that 48 percent choose stable governments over democracy with 75 feeling they positively change their communities through their work.

67 percent say ‘fake news’ is impacting their ability to stay informed.

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The African Youth Survey 2020 – reveals a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth, driven by a strong sense of individual responsibility, post-colonial mindset, entrepreneurialism, and confidence in a shared African identity.

Africa’s youth believe they can solve problems collaboratively, and are hopeful of fighting corruption, achieving peace and improving their personal living conditions.

The Survey 2020 was conducted across 14 African countries in an unprecedented attempt to pulse the aspirations, motivations and viewpoints of young people in Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe – a total of 4 200 in-depth, face-to-face interviews.

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It revealed that, young people who are self-starters, pan-African, digital and media savvy are tolerant but mindful of the challenges that could blight their ‘African Century’, such as corruption, the lack of new jobs, limited start-up capital, water scarcity, fake news, terrorism and poor education systems.

Founder and Chairperson of BCW Africa, Robyn de Villiers, described this study as inspirational.

“The Africa Youth Survey reveals the hopes, aspirations and concerns of African youth, but most importantly, it also brings to light the sheer optimism of the largest and fastest growing demographic on the continent. These insights are extremely valuable for those in the private and public sectors – anyone doing business of any kind on the continent.” She argued.

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 Afro-optimism, that’s flourishing among young Africans does not rest on hope, but on their ability to seize the opportunities provided by the modern world. The findings underscore entrepreneurship as the greatest aspiration of African youth, who are embracing digital technologies to shape their futures to becoming a generation of innovative, responsible and confident leaders.

70% of Africa’s population is under 30, it is home to the world’s only growing youth population which is forecast to increase to nearly 50 percent by 2050, reaching 945 million (under 24 year olds). In 2050, the continent will have the largest number of young people, making up nearly twice the young population of South Asia and Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania. By 2100, Africa’s youth population could be equivalent to twice Europe’s entire population.

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