UNESCO ROSA creates Youth Network

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) is inviting young people from the region to become part of its regional youth network. The network aims to ensure coordination and collaboration of regional youth networks through the development of a Youth Regional Action Plan (Youth RAP), which aims to strengthen youth engagement in the region and within countries on five thematic areas: water; climate action; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); environment; and renewable energy. This will be in line with the Global UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021.

UNESCO recognizes youth and young professionals as leaders, knowledge-holders (including indigenous knowledge) and innovators and thus firmly believe that the young people hold the solutions to sustainable development. The UNESCO ROSA Youth Network is in response to calls by youths to be more engaged in UNESCO’s work, particularly in the area of science.


To be eligible, one must be:

  • Aged below 35 years
  • Affiliated to a youth-led or youth-focused organisation, network or movement OR affiliated to a university or college and pursuing course related to the thematic areas
  • Able to clearly demonstrate a multiplier effect of being part of the network.
  • Willing and able to continue engagement and participation that is in virtual and physical meetings/seminars and or meetings.


The joining process is done online by completing an e-application form accessible here.


Applications should be completed by 5 October 2020 and successful applicants will be invited to an introductory Zoom meeting.


For additional information or clarifications, please contact:

Ms. Hui XU: h.xu@unesco.org(link sends e-mail);
Mr. Tawanda Gijima: t.gijima@unesco.org(link sends e-mail).

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