Towards the One Million Volunteers by 2021

Volunteerism has been the back born of the social fabric in Africa, since time immemorial, general most societies across the continent are voluntary driven.  The African Union Commission established an African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) and promote youth volunteerism in Africa. A continental youth volunteer initiative, AU-YVC was launched in December 2010. The conference on volunteer mapping is in line with the African Youth Charter (AYC 2006) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which aim to achieve prosperous and peaceful Africa through youth empowerment, volunteerism, and pan African exchange as well as the 2030 Agenda that aims to scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights and tap their possibilities as agents of change. The Africa Union Volunteer corps has launched the one million volunteers by 2021, and this is supported by the 4 Es namely Education, Engagement Employment and Entrepreneurship.  The Africa Union is targeting to promote south-south youth exchange by supporting at least one million volunteers to cross frontiers within the continent for civil engagement. The primary objective of this initiative is to cultivate the spirit of services among young women and men across the continent.

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