World leaders must unite to fight youth restiveness — Minister

Ibrahim Shekarau

The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, has called on all world leaders to unite in order to tackle the challenges posed by youth restiveness.

Speaking on Tuesday at a press conference to highlight programmes for the celebration of the 2015 Commonwealth Day, the minister stated that the challenges posed by youth restiveness had become as critical and threatening to world leaders as the recession facing the world economy.

Mr. Shekarau said government leaders from Europe to North America and from Asia to Africa have become convinced that tackling the youth issue is a condition to the stability and continuity of societies.

He said the theme for this year’s celebration, A Young Commonwealth, was apt as it amplified the fact that the development of young people was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders.

He added that the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, chose the theme in recognition of the fact that people aged 29 or under account for the majority of the Commonwealth’s population.

He said young people played a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy, stating that Karmalesh Sharma, the current Secretary General of Commonwealth recognized the capacity, contribution and potentials of young people particularly in 2015 when the world would agree on a new global development framework.

Mr. Shekarau added that Commonwealth scholarship and fellowship plan awards were instituted to give practical provision of high-level education.

“The plan has grown in size and stature so that commonwealth scholarships are among the world’s most prestigious awards,” he said.

He disclosed that any applicant must be from any of the 52 Commonwealth member nations.

He stated that applicants should have a good university honours degree, stating that the minimum entry requirement was a second class honours degree.

Mr. Shekarau added that for the UK awards only candidate who have graduated from their First Degree or Masters programme within the last 10 years are qualified.

He said to mark this year Commonwealth Day, activities were being lined up, such as quiz competition involving schools within the FCT.

“Contestants will be tested on Science, ICT,Social Studies, current affairs,” he said.

This year Commonwealth celebration comes up on March 9.


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