Why We Do This

Africa has the largest population of youths in the world with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24. Its working age group (15-64) is projected to grow at a rapid rate to make the continent home to the world’s largest labor force by 2045 with an estimated working population of 1 billion. In most countries of Africa, e.g. Nigeria, about 1 in 3 of all young people are without a job. Nearly half of those with university degrees are either unemployed or underemployed.

The education systems in most parts of Africa are geared toward getting a qualification rather than acquiring skills and competencies required to thrive in today’s world of work.

What should African students do differently in the face of an education system that does very little to set them up for success in life or an economy that increasingly lacks the capacity to create jobs?

VarsityMentor wants to help by equipping the students with the mindset, knowledge and skills to help them build purpose-driven careers.

We want to tackle the pandemic of youth unemployment in Africa by empowering African youth to be their very best and to pursue their life aspirations and careers without limits. To achieve this, we connect African university students with verified fellow Africans in diaspora and allies who provide the students mentoring, skills development and career pathway guidance throughout the period of their college study.