We are living in a very unique time of our history. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to more than 600 million young people representing 62% of the region’s population, this population also represents three-fifths of the region’s unemployed. For Zimbabwe, a bulging youth population at 60% of the population amidst a struggling economy characterized with informality, liquidity crunch and a weak infrastructure base offer a critical opportunity for the country to re-imagine the future offering hope where there is despair.
1980 offers a starting point for re-imagining the future of Zimbabwe – a decade of hope, promise and a new dawn not only to the Africans but to the emergent concept of youth and youth participation. We look back to the 1980s not with nostalgia and resignation to a lost opportunity but we do so for inspiration, courage and imagination. To re-imagine the future sometimes means questioning and tearing the old narrative down. Thus, it is through ideas that societies advance and overcome adversity. To usher and inculcate a new inclusive narrative, young people need to stretch the boundaries of conventional thinking, breathe fresh, radical thinking and inspire a new future.
To re-imagine the future, youths have to reinvent and re-position themselves, be more imaginative for future economic development and cultural enrichment of society. Re-imagining the future is not merely an ideal, it is an obligation. It is our mission, our commission and our responsibility. For young people, “the fierce urgency of NOW”, as Martin Luther called it, requires of us to carry the burden of responsibility in reimagining the future. It is to look at the past and see our heritage, look at the present and see our responsibility, and look to the future and see our challenge. That is our Mission!!!
The second edition of theSpace will bring together young people, decision makers, government, business, international community, experts and academia to reflect and feed into the imperative of ‘re-imagining the future for Zimbabwe’ narrative under the theme “Looking back to the future”. Transcending the past and reimagining the future would require an objective and futuristic inquiry into opportunities and challenges for Zimbabwe, shaping what the future for Zimbabwe should look like, what every citizenry should be doing and why now?. To do justice to this national obligation, we shall be guided by six themes/topics to be announce in the coming few weeks. Join us on the 16th of September 2016