Contact: Delicia Pillay
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About British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
With 1.75 billion - one in five of the world's population - set to live in the region by 2050 and a GDP that is forecast to grow by seven per cent over the next two decades - faster than China – the future for Sub Saharan Africa is looking more positive than ever. The African demographic is young, aspiring and not tied to the past. Within 15 years it will represent 25% of global under-25s. However, 25% of them will face unemployment.
The challenge for the British Council and the wider UK is to recognize this new African reality and respond to it with products and services which serve the fast changing needs of the region, and at the same time respond to the major developmental issues that remain.
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