We know that our youth are important and the greatest resource that we have. Yet recent studies show that current Leadership is neglecting the development of our future leaders according to the 2016 Global Youth Development Index.
It is Leadership’s responsibility to develop Leaders, both present, and future. The report shows “youth unemployment is a spectre that looms as threateningly in developed countries as in the developing world, with youth at least twice as likely as adults to be jobless.”
“Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” – Nelson Mandela
Youth Development is a matter of global importance with 1.8 billion people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old. Of these, 86% are living in the less developed countries and 600 million live in the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said “The index throws down a challenge to policy makers everywhere. Without action to promote young peoples empowerment, boosting opportunities for employment and opening up spaces for political dialogue, countries will be squandering their most precious resource and building problems for the future.”
Better people make better sons, daughters and eventually Leaders. It is up to every one of us as leaders to get involved and not wait for the politicians to act, starting in our own home. How can you as a Leader get involved in developing the character of youth and our future leadership? If not you then who?