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Key Policy Areas
EAYP focuses its activities and its interaction with stakeholders in policy areas that have a direct impact on the youth and their development.
Participation in political processes and decision making
The youth shall have the right to participate in public affairs and vie for elective posts. In the East Africa Community, the youth shall be considered for all appointment and elective positions so as to ensure that there is 30% youth representation.
The elements of gainful employment include the right to
- freely choose a lawful occupation;
- receive equal pay for equal work;
- work under equitable and satisfactory conditions that respect their dignity, for maximum working hours with daily and weekly rest periods and annual period of paid leave, and
- be protected from unfair and, or, unjustified dismissal
Further the youth shall not be exposed, be exposed to hazardous working environments that will adversely affect their health and safety and not be prevented from gaining an education or have their general holistic development impeded.
The promotion of youth entrepreneurship is vital for the realization of these rights. And accordingly, youth enterprise centers shall be established to facilitate and promote youth entrepreneurship.
Healthcare needs to be accessible, affordable and equitably. Programmes and measures shall be put in place to secure the full involvement of youth in identifying their reproductive health needs and design programmes that respond to their needs as well as institute comprehensive programmes to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS by providing health services, education, information, communication and awareness.
The youth chaff have the right to timely and affordable access to treatment for young persons Living with HIV/AIDS including anti-retroviral therapy. Measures shall be put in place to ensure food security for young persons Living with HIV/AIDSs.
Drug and Substance Abuse
Drug and substance abuse is a key problem for the youth. It affects productivity of the youth, their full participation in the socio-economic sphere of the society. this in turn affects the region’s growth and development.
Legislative, community service and other measures be put in place to control substance abuse and provide rehabilitation for youth who are substance abusers to enable their reintegration into social and economic life.
Young women shall have the right to access primary maternal healthcare.
Medical Care Access and Insurance
The majority of East Africa’s youth cannot afford medical cover and are thus denied access to quality health care. There is need to harmonize health policies in consideration of quality free medical care vis-à-vis the creation of a subsidized East Africa medical insurance scheme that is affordable to the youth within East Africa.
Education and skills development
The youth desire a homogenous education system that affords them equal opportunities applicable in any part of the EAC. The education system in the region can be improved by:
- Ensuring direct access to higher learning institutions and vocational institutions in other East African countries, by recognized/harmonization of university and vocational training entry qualifications.
- Harmonization of school fees and academic loans in the higher learning institutions so that there is no discrimination based on nationality.
- Harmonization of school curricula.
- Standardizing the quality of education in rural and urban schools.
- Promotion of physical education and talent development in and post education
- Promoting internship, placement and apprenticeship programmes post university or college
Sports and recreation
Sports are a tool that can be harnessed for the promotion of development, peace, security and integration.
Peace and security
All Youth have the right to national and international peace and security. The principles of peaceful co-existence and good neighborliness shall govern the relations of the East African Community. In as far is possible, the youth shall be protected from conflict and be involved in conflict resolution and peace building processes.
Culture is a key pillar of identity for any people and thus to be able to fully understand a people, there is need to understand their culture. The youth shall have the right to participate fully in participate freely in the cultural life of the Community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
Intellectual property protection
Every youth has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic works which he or she has invented or produced.
Rights of vulnerable and marginalized youth
Affirmative action shall be accorded to ensure the full participation and contribution of youth with disabilities, from minority groups, young women, orphans, youth living with HIV/AIDS, youth in and after custodial rehabilitation, displaced youth, refugee youth, youth sex workers arid youth living in streets. These youth shall enjoy the protection of the law and respect for their human rights and respect for their dignity.
The youth shall have the:
- right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of the Community, b. right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,
- right to express his or her ideas and opinions freely in all matters and to disseminate his or her ideas and opinions,
- freedom of association and to lawful and peaceful assembly and no youth shall be compelled to belong to an association against his/her free will;
Subject however and only to necessary restrictions provided for by law enacted in the interest of security, safety, health, morality and the rights and freedoms of others.