Lilongwe, 25 August 2022 (TDI): The 4th edition of the Southern African Regional Students and Youth Consortium (SARSYC) is hosted in Malawi from 24th-25th August 2022 in partnership with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO).

The theme of the Conference is “Reshaping, Re-planning, and Re-Committing to the Youth Agenda in the Southern African Region.” Participation is open to all students and young people from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Agenda of the Conference

The Conference hosts at least 300 delegates drawn from 8 Southern African countries. They will represent the diverse interests of young people, civic society organizations, academics, researchers, and government and development partners.

The 4th edition of SARSYC integrates young women’s voices and advocacy demands under the Web for Life Regional Summit space.

The platform allows young women and girls to deliberate on emerging issues. This includes Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Menstrual Health Management, child marriages, access to education, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), and Empowerment opportunities.

The Conference features the movement of young men as a pre-event branded as the Mugota/Young Men’s Forum Regional Summit. The Summit brings together boys and young men to dialogue on Drug and Substance Abuse, Gender-Based Violence, Men’s Health, Mental Health, and livelihoods.

The dialogue focuses on interrogating the role of young men in addressing most of the emerging community challenges. It further shares the common ground among boys and young men in the Southern African Region.

This is a unique platform for students and youth from different countries in Southern Africa. They have interpersonal engagements with governments, development partners, and other strategic stakeholders.