Young Leader Madelle Kangha Promotes the Positive Impacts of Techincal and Vocational Education for Youth in Africa

This past July, a social media campaign organized by Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, Madelle Kangha, asked young people across Africa to ponder and respond to the question: “How has learning a skill helped change your life?”

To celebrate World Youth Skills Day, Kangha’s organization, Jumpstart Academy Africa, in partnership with Impact Bridges Africa and Youths4Change, organized a Techincal and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Campaign, #TVETcampaign, and hosted a workshop on 15 July 2019.

The workshop, which reached over 15,000 young people, highlighted the importance of TVET (known in Cameroon as l’enseignement et la formation techniques et professionnels (EFTP)) in providing youth with the opportunities to develop their competencies and accelerate their transition to work.

“According to the UN, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 percent of the global population and yet young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions,” Kangha said.

The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth caught up with Kangha to find out more about the social media campaign, the workshop and how it aligns with her role as a Young Leader for the SDGs.

“World Youth Skills Day highlights the importance of skills training for young people,” Kangha told us. “I want to use my voice as a Young Leader to raise awareness on this issue. My goal is to advance the role of young people as drivers of Sustainable Development and build strong partnerships to mobilize support and generate momentum for the implementation of SDGs.”

As a Young Leaders for the SDGs, Kangha’s mandate is to advocate for the 17 Goals, in ways most accessible and relatable to young people across different contexts.

“Why TVET? Because I believe that TVET has the potential to equip youth with the skills required to access the world of work, including skills for self-employment.”

In her capacity as a Young Leader, Kangha was invited to speak with Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, during the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum. Kangha and Ryder discussed how to create a future of work that is inclusive of young people while also supports sustainable development. Watch the full interview here.

Kangha stated that “the heart of our work at Jumpstart Academy Africa is providing young people with quality education and training that equips them with skills to lead safe, healthy and productive lives, to meet the demands of the job market and to foster global citizenship.”