On 26th June 2021, ActionAid Tanzania launched a youth empowerment hub known as Global Platform Tanzania.
This is a dynamic and inspiring environment where young people (aged 16-35) live and learn together, think freely, develop &discuss their ideas, connect, and act on local, national, and global issues.
The aim of establishing the platform is to serve as an instrument to nature youth with knowledge and skills to leverage holistic development on one hand and save as safe space for youth.
The launching event took place in Dar-es-Salaam and brought together participants from partner organizations, government agencies, youth networks, activists, platforms, forums, and movements.
The event was officiated by Hon. Ummy Hamisi Nderiananga(MP),Deputy Minister, Prime Minister’s Office(People with disability).
Speaking during the launch, Hon Ummy appreciated AATZ for coming up with this great idea and promised that the government will cooperate with them in finding solutions to the challenges facing youth.
She also advised the youth to use the platform to come up with alternative ideas that will help the government to bring development.
“It is my belief that this platform will focus on building the capacity of Tanzanian youth on various issues including economic empowerment, the use of science and technology etc.. Use it to come up with answers to the challenges facing young people”. Urged Hon Ummy
During the launch, the youth also presented their agendas which they want government and other stakeholder to work together to find solutions including access to information, employment opportunities, education, and health.
On his side, ActionAid Tanzania Country Director Bavon Christopher insisted awareness to other youth on the establishment of the youth hub.
“I urge those of us who came here to be the catalyst to be bringing more young people into this forum regardless of their education background e.g bodaboda, fishermen, farmers, academia.” insisted Bavon.
“As Tanzanian youth, we have got something we have been missing for years. Now we have a platform for us to organize ourselves, connect to other platforms and act globally,” said Makwita Makwita one of the youths who participated in the event.
Global Platform Tanzania now consists of a central hub and four rural satellite hubs in Unguja, Mafia, Pemba and Kilwa. Tanzania had Global Platform until it was closed 2014 due to various reasons.
For more about upcoming activities follow them on Global Platform Tanzania