Social & Human Sciences

The Social and Human Sciences (SHS) play a key role in helping to understand and interpret the social, cultural and economic environment. The work of the Social and Human sciences is articulated around two main themes: Ethics of Science and Technology and Human rights.  At the Liaison office in Addis Ababa, the SHS section’s mandate is closely connected with the empowerment and development of African youth with main activities related to the implementation of the UNESCO SHS Strategy for African Youth and the promotion of the African Youth Charter. 

Validation Workshop on youth empowerment at AUC Headquarters

Validation Workshop on youth empowerment at AUC Headquarters

From June 21 to 22 2012, UNESCO liaison Office in Addis Ababa was invited to participate in the validation workshop on youth empowerment and development. Organized by the African Union Commission, the workshop gathered Youth Organizations, UN Agencies, Regional Economic Communities and Member states.

The two-day consultation aimed at revising and amending the report from the AUC senior consultant, Prof. Vremudia P. Diejomaoh, recommending a strategy for the acceleration of the implementation of the Malabo Decision on Youth Empowerment and Employment.

The Malabo Decision is a strategy adopted during the 17th Ordinary AU Summit held from June 23 to July 1, 2011 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. As the whole summit was dedicated to the Youth in Africa, it enabled vibrant debates directly between youth invited at the event and Heads of state. The Malabo Decision reflects the observations and conclusions that rose from those discussions.

According to the consultant report, the implementation of the Malabo decision must focus on 5 priority axis: i)Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) addressing specifically the ICT and agriculture as areas of high demand, ii) Youth civic participation, iii) AU Youth Volunteer Corps, iv) Strengthening of the PYU, and v) Strategies for Resource mobilization.

Throughout the workshop participants involved in constructive discussions and debates. They also addressed each sub-theme more specifically during working group sessions.

The implication of UNESCO regarding the implementation of the Malabo Decision is closely interconnected with its own priorities on African youth empowerment, stated in the UNESCO strategy on African Youth, which works towards enabling policy environment for youth development and civic engagement in Africa. 

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