I am going to speak about the poorest continent in the world, and also about my country, Albania, where I was born and where i still live today.

AFRICA

Africa is a very rich continent in terms of minerals; it also has complicated and wild views. Unemployment rates are very high here and as a result, Africa is one of the poorest continents in the world, dominated by the hunger and diseases that threaten people’s lives on a daily basis. Youth are Africa’s future, so everybody must commit to not disappointing them. In countries with extreme poverty, many children between the ages of 6 and 14 are begging and suffering every day; many of those between the ages of 14 and 34 are trafficking drugs like marijuana, as well as human beings; and many of those between the ages of 34 and 60 are living in misery and sick with diseases that are killing them every day. People need to survive and this can force them to go the wrong way, to make the wrong decisions. These people pray for mercy and love.

ALBANIA

In this section, I’m going to write about some important steps that affect my own future. Albania is a country more rural than urban, and in these rural areas, youth are more isolated.

Nobody in these areas gives or takes responsibility for people who are in need of care. They ask for help, particularly in difficult times of isolation due to heavy snow, in the form of staple food, medicines, detergent, and books so their children can learn. If these minimal conditions cannot be fulfilled, they will bring about a bitter poverty that few people would like to experience.

The biological parent of a child plays a role in his or her custody. In hard circumstances, parents may decide to have less than three children, so they do not suffer the same difficult life as their parents. This plays a role in population reduction. Then the parents try to ensure good living conditions so their children can have a better life.

The question then becomes: Do all families have the possibility to provide the best childhood for their children?

This is the point I want to focus on mostly. All the families begin temporary work because it is very difficult to find a permanent job in Albania. Meanwhile, the parents have responsibility for their children who want their rights. If a child does not have the proper education:

1) Do you think that he or she will go down the wrong path?

2) Do you think that he or she will be equal in the eyes of the law, whether delinquent or not?

3) Do you think that he or she can be a danger to society?

These problems are due to the lack of economic investments for a better future. This lack of investments will have negative consequences for our country as people emigrate to neighbouring and other countries, causing a reduction in the population aged 14 to 40 years old. The tendency to emigrate results from the poverty in Albania, and from the hope to find a better life elsewhere. These problems remain open cases, with a negative effect on youth’s education and future.

I want to stress that the best change needed to live in good conditions is the reduction of unemployment to zero, which can increase the general welfare.

All of the annual taxes must also be managed effectively for the benefit of the population. The needs of young people will then be also met, allowing them to work and develop their skills and make Albania proud of them.

Prepared by: Landi Dardha

Martin Camaj’ School

9th class B