Youth engagement is a global challenge which few political leaders have successfully addressed. While leaders have spoken of the “pressing need to engage youth in politics to counter marginalization and social exclusion”, these words are rarely turned into action.
In 1997, the Commonwealth Secretariat published a study entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Adults‘ which highlighted the need for the Caribbean region to invest greater resources in its youth as a critical human resource.
Yet 25 years on, the issues of both youth development and this demographic’s level of participation appears to be so far down the list in the Caribbean that there is very limited data available as to the actual state of affairs.
If you’re fed up with feeling voiceless and are looking to air you views on a global platform, on Friday 24 October, the Guardian Global Development Professionals and the Guardian Public Leaders networks will be organising a global tweetathon.
The aim of the event is to engage young people and their advocates on the question: “How do we better engage young people socially, economically and politically?”
To participate, here’s what you need to do:
- Be online when the local event is running – between 3-4pm local time (8-9pm GMT).
- Start tweeting to let the Guardian Team, and the world, know that you are taking part. Here is one tweet you could use: I’m joining @GuardianGDP’s #youthengage tweetathon in [insert nearest country] on 24 Oct. To me engaging young people means […]
- On the day, as your chat is about to start, take a picture of yourself and tweet it to @GuardianGDP
- If you want more information about how the #YouthEngage discussion will work, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org