The East African Community integration is a desirable goal that seeks to unite the people of the East Africa Region, economically, socially and politically, for the benefit of the region’s citizens. The East Africa region is made up of 6 partner states: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Soudan. In East Africa, there are many networks that work on youth and child rights. Among them there are Africa Youth Trust (AYT), East Africa Child Rights Network (EACRN), EACHRIGHTS, etc.
It is in this regard that EACRN has invited Coalition Umwana ku Isonga as one of its members in the conference which took place in Nairobi-Kenya at HERON PORTICO HOTEL from 30th May to 31st May 2019. The youth of the East African region represent a dynamic and vibrant demographic dividend with lots of creativity, energy and drive. It is in the interest of the governments of the six countries making up the East African Region to tap the talents and skills of the young men and women of the region in activities geared towards popularizing the East African regional youth participation in development processes. Such activities however need to be productive of greater social-economic benefits for the youth do that they can view the development of the region as relevant, useful and desirable.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE:
- Capacity building for youth CSO’s to effectively engage the EAC in expanding enabling environment for youth networks and monitor the EAC work.
- Consolidate country position on the draft East African Youth Policy and Action Plan from East Africa Youth Network.
- Consolidate country level recommendations on the proposed East African Youth Council from the East African Youth Network.
- Present finding and recommendation from the East African Youth Network to the EAC secretariat as well as East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).