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That commitment will be virtually impossible to fulfill, unless political participation by young people increases considerably.Young people are critical to progress. The median age of Africa's population is just 19.5 years.Given their numbers, not to mention rising education and literacy rates, young people can make a world of difference, shaping political discourse and electoral outcomes.Political apathy among young people, like that seen in the Brexit referendum, remains pervasive worldwide. In many regions of Africa, for example, young people are disillusioned with politics, convinced that wealthy older people will always prevail and advance their own interests, often at the expense of younger generations.The Arab Spring uprisings, which led to violence and instability in most affected countries, were fueled largely by desperate young people demanding rights and opportunities.To avoid such outcomes, young people need to be part of their countries' political life, able to advance their own vision of the future. So what can be done to increase political awareness and participation among young people? No one is more affected by past, present and future policies than young people.
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