Nationwide social media discussion to commemorate International Youth day in Nigeria #EngageNaijaYouth

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The International Youth Day (IYD) is a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness on issues affecting youth. IYD is going to be celebrated again on August 12. To mark this special day, the Volunteer in Nigeria network  in partnership with coinaire.com has started off a nationwide social media discussion using the hashtag #EngageNaijaYouth on Twitter and Facebook.
 
The intent is to begin conversations around other youth engagements (aside the already vigorously preached mainstream jobs, internships and entrepreneurship which have left us the reality of tens of millions of idle youth) that can keep our youth productively engaged; and to bring innovative ways of engaging young people to light. Coincidentally, this topic has been raised at a time when apart from the millions of unemployed young people in Nigeria, even more millions of youth have been thrown into idleness due to strike action and the summer holiday.
 
If you understand that the youth population represents the strength of our country, then it is easy to see that this discussion is everybody’s discussion. As such, every young person, professional, policy maker, Nigerian in Diaspora, and Nigerian alike, is invited to weigh in on this discussion. They are also inviting persons and organisations interested in the issues facing Nigeria, Africa and youth development from the rest of the world. It is easy to leave a comment on the subject! Once you are signed in to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you just make a post commenting on the issue including #EngageNaijaYouth in your statement. You could also join the main Twitter discussion moderated by @NaijaVolunteers on Sunday, August 11, 2013 (6-9pm). Remember to include the hashtag, #EngageNaijaYouth, and @NaijaVolunteers in your posts. Coinaire Games would be giving out free recharge card after you have won an easy game at coinaire.com all day!
 

The following considerations help clarify the direction of the discussion:
-What functional youth associations and groups are there for young people to join conveniently?
-Are there project outsourcing platforms that allow the youth work remotely? How can they be made effective and acceptable to organisations?
-Can companies and other organisations effectively implement work shadowing and volunteering programmes for their Corporate Social Responsibility projects? What are the ways to successfully implement such?
-What can be done to promote professional half-day, quarter-day, flexible, freelance and remote jobs?
-How can we best structure Industrial Training programmes to achieve its objectives and achieve effectiveness?
-What other engagements are available and can be created for the Nigerian youth?
 
Some great people from their network of nation-building volunteers would be compiling the conclusions from this discussion and have it forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and the office of the Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation. Start leaving your suggestions and comments immediately!

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