45 students from 10 Secondary Schools in Uganda travelled to Rwanda Friday for an exciting debate on African Renaissance with their counterparts from the Kigali Idebate forum.
The debate aims to espouse the use of shared cultural, spiritual and artistic values to revive Africa as a way to mark the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently the African Union (AU).
The debates are set to cultivate the interest of the youth in African affairs; even as there are growing concerns among Ugandans African affairs are left at level of AU and the Pan African Parliament, which are elitist in nature.
Paddy Kaiondo, a researcher on Africanism, suggests that Ugandans can be part of the African thinking, if their views are incorporated in economic and political discussions that aim to address African problems.
Jacinta Acheng, in charge of Youth Gender and Children Affairs at the Pan African Movement, says the target is to use youth to create poetry, essays, and songs to promote the spirit of African liberation and write history.
Participants will be drawn from St. Marys College Kisubi, St.Peters SS Nalya, Makere College SS, Mariam SS and Kololo SS among others.
The enthusiastic students told Uganda Radio Network that contrary to the assumption that youth were aloof when it comes to development issues; the debate will act as a forum for critical thinking on Africanism.
The Pan African Movement was initiated after the independence of Ghana in 1963, with the aim of resisting colonialism and fostering self reliance in Africa.
The struggle contributed to the liberation of various African States and eventually formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), then bringing together 30 African states.
For Newton Balenzi, administrator at the Pan African Movement, Africa has increasingly become insecure because of its wealth both in human resource and environment, thus the need to push for legislation within the Pan African Parliament to address such threats.
OAU was founded on 25th May 1963, a day which was also declared as the African Liberation Day.