A Message of Empowerment

Even through the increasing pre-elections violence in the Democratic of the Congo, there are still messages of hope to be found. The Florida Courier recently published a message of empowerment for Congo from Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. Here’s an excerpt regarding the youth of the DRC:

“There is another statistic about the DRC that reveals its greatest promise and hope.  The majority of the 71 million Congolese are young people.  The median age in the DRC is 17 years old.  There is a very positive glow and uplifting countenance expressed in the stated aspirations of the youth of the Congo.  Millions of young Congolese are hungry for education at all levels of academic preparation. I visited the University of Kinshasa that was built to originally hold 5,000 college students, but now the university educates more than 28,000 college students.  There is significant opportunity for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish academic and strategic partnerships with the University of Kinshasa and other universities in the Congo.  Likewise there are millions of young African Americans who should know about Africa and in this case need to become more aware of the future development opportunities in nations like the DRC.  Hopelessness is not the answer.  Raising our awareness about Africa can create more options and hope going forward.  During these hard economic times in Black America, we must continue to stress the importance of education and preparation for a better future with new forms of economic development and international relationship-building.”

The entire article can be found here.

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