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Youth education and employment can curb violence – says population expert

An expert in population studies, Professor (Prof.) Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, says if appropriate policies are put in place for the education, employment and social integration of young people, it can lead to the economic growth of the countries.

He said failure to do so any country should be ready to grapple with increasing inequality, social upheavals and a rise in violence.

Prof. Eloundou was speaking in Yaounde at the start of a two-day workshop on the theme: “Demographic Dividend, Emergence and Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The workshop which brought together media practitioners, members of the Journalist Network for Maputo Action’ Plan, (JNMAP) and young researchers, was facilitated by the Training and Demographic Research Institute (IFORD), Investment Project in Human Capital (PICHNET) and Cellule d’Appui à la Recherche et à l’Enseignement des Institutions Francophones d’Afrique (CARE-IFA-FRANET).

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