ISEC Uganda in partnership with Education Forum of Africa organized the 2018 OSIEA Young Leaders Forum (YLF) under the theme Connecting Young People Today at SKYZ hotel in Uganda on 6th to 8th December 2018. YLF is a 3-days long, annual program of dialogue, workshops, institutional visits and capacity building sessions bringing youths between the age of 18-35 years, from social-political movements, business start-ups, social enterprises, civil society, international organizations and public institutions. It is aimed at connecting youths to share experiences and learn from each other on the selected themes, discuss challenges they face and devise way forward to address them. It will bring youths in touch with their peers, researchers, entrepreneurs, influential speakers and development partners.
Establish a platform for innovation, young people to learn, strengthen network and share knowledge, skills and experiences among themselves.
Inspire youth-led initiatives and actions on governance, information and communication technology, social-economic entrepreneurship through speakers and trainers.
Bring youth closer to the development partners, government, research institutions, grant makers and private sector and showcase opportunities, programs or tools that young people can benefit from.
The 2018 Young Leaders Forum attracted over 120 (50 from Uganda and 70 from outside Uganda) youths from over 12 countries in Africa namely Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, South Sudan, Comoros, Benin, DRC, South Africa and Burundi to discuss themes centered on Social Movements, Climate Change, Natural Resources, Technology and Innovation and Sustainable Development. These topics were Facilitated by over 16 speakers from both Africa and abroad
Online Engagement: The 2018 YLF had a great online engagement trending number one in Africa on TWITTER during the 3 days of the forum under the Hashtag #YLF2018Uganda. The figures show that we engaged over 2 million People on just twitter.