A Lusaka youth this year is representing Zambia at the World Economic forum on Africa in Durban South Africa.
Erasmus Mweene, who is a member of the Lusaka Global shapers Community, is this year the only Zambian youth proudly representing Zambia in Durban at this year’s world economic forum on Africa.
The meeting has convened over 1,000 regional and global senior decision-makers to refine Africa’s pathways to growth and prosperity over the next 25 years based on lessons learned over the past 25 years.
‘My pick from the World Economic Forum on Africa so far is the fact that Professor Schwab recognizes the important role young people play bringing change to the world. In his own words, Professor Schwab said the future belongs to the youth, he further says that it’s just not about getting young people to participate in society, but also about older people being role models and mentors. All this makes me realise the relevance of my voice in the conversations we are having here at the Forum.’
Erasmus added that being the only Zambian youth at the meeting, he realises he has on his shoulders the weight of all the voices of Zambian youth.
‘To sum it up, this summit proved to me that social entrepreneurship should be seen as a positive force that provides leading-edge innovation to unmet social needs and that it works within the overall social and economic framework, but as it starts at the grassroots level it is often overlooked and deserves much more attention from policy makers’ Says Erasmus.
Erasmus Mweene has joined 50 other young leaders from across Africa and has had an opportunity to network, sharing some of the challenges that young people are facing in Zambia to world leaders as well as address and learn about tackling the various challenges.