Charles spoke with members of the African Advisory Council of the Prince’s Trust International (PTI), an organization he founded and of which he is chairman, and met with supporters of the trust, including actor Idris Elba and menswear designer Ozwald Boateng.
At the end of the month, the King and Queen will fly to Kenya for a five-day state visit as part of a series of events that will highlight collaboration between the UK and Kenya in areas ranging from combating climate change to promoting opportunities and employment for young people.
PTI Administrator Arunma Oteh opened the meeting and told guests: “We have a responsibility to help the next generation.
“Globally, this is a particularly challenging time due to the recent pandemic, the cost of living crisis and various conflicts around the world.
“Prince’s Trust International is uniquely positioned to support even more young people today. »
PTI has been working in Africa since 2019 and running 13 programs in six countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda – to tackle the youth employment crisis, with 4,500 young people supported in Kenya during this period.
During the state visit, the king will meet young people in Nairobi who have taken part in the charity’s Enterprise Challenge, a school-based program aimed at equipping young people with the skills to start their own businesses.
After the private meeting, Charles posed with members of the advisory board and other supporters for a group photo that also featured Prince’s Trust Global Ambassador Edward Enninful, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue.
Bernard Mensah, co-chair of the PTI Africa Advisory Council and chairman of Bank of America, said after the meeting: “The king has shown great interest in the practical steps we can take to help more young people access jobs. stable.
“Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 60% under the age of 25, and existing challenges have been exacerbated by the pandemic and cost of living crisis.
“Despite this, there are many opportunities for young people in growing sectors such as environment, creativity, digital and health.
“Today was about how to bridge the gap between business needs and chronic youth unemployment.”