The College of Social Sciences of the University of Dar es Salaam on 30th November hosted the fourth Voice of Social Sciences (VSS) International Conference at the Nkrumal Hall, Mwl Nyerere Campus.
This years’ conference was themed: “The Youth Question and Socio-economic Development in Africa” addressing critical issues pertaining to the position of young people in driving social-economic changes in Africa. The conference took to account the fact that Africa has recently been declared the most “youthful” continent in the world because over two-thirds of Africa’s population is under the age of 35 years.
When giving his welcoming remarks, the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala after inviting the attendees and commended the organising team and the college of social sciences as a whole he concluded “During the past years, this University has been taken keen interest in the government’s resolve to facilitate attainment of sustainable development. Being among the oldest unit of this University, the college of social sciences has made remarkable contributions to national development”.
And the guest of honour Hon. Stella Ikupa, Deputy Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office; Policy, Parliamentary affairs, labour, employment, youth and the disabled when giving her opening remarks she said the theme was timely and important because young people constitute the majority of the Tanzanian population and Africa in general.
Hon. Ikupa concluded that “We in the government trust our universities may be increasingly involved in the welfare of different youth groups. This is among the inputs which we think will carry forward our search for peaceful coexistence and development among all communities in the country”.
This is the fourth time that this conference is held since its inception in 2014. The inception conference in 2014 dealt with “Sustainable Development in the Interconnected World”. The theme of the second on in 2015 was “Population, Natural Resources and Development”. The most recent conference last year dealt with “Industrialization and Social Transformations”.