123 Teens Go Smoke Free Campaign
In Nigeria, over 2000 teenagers get addicted to tobacco smoking daily. It kills half of its users in productive middle age (35-69). This CAP was created to fight this number.
Educate teenagers about the dangers of tobacco smoking.
Form a SMOKEFREE school club in every school visited – Reduce the number of teenagers beginning to smoke.
During the SmokeFree Youth Symposium in December 2009, 8 participants from across the country were selected as potential coordinators for 123 Teens go SmokeFree Campaign with another 8 as their assistants. We conducted a two-day intensive power packed training for these 16 young people, organized by the Tobacco Control Education CASE project.
The outcome of the CAP was to ensure the high moral standards of our teenagers.
Yahya Ben Sliman
AMES Conference is a forum where where teachers, students, school administrators and representative from the ministry of education can network and exchange ideas on reforming the educational system and creating new methods of enhancing its performance.
The main goal behind the conference is to become an annual event that pursues the improvement of education in Morocco as well as bring to light and discuss its main challenges.
The conference also strives to encourage students to contribute to the educational system and give them a voice to express their concerns, in addition this forum will allow teachers and decision makers to directly reach out to students and discuss their feedback.
The conference included three main sessions:
Success stories, Main Round-Table, plenary conference and workshops on personal development for the students.
Currently there is no forum in place, so this initiative is a first of its kind in Morocco. The first edition of this national event has been launched in 26-27 April 2013.
iTeach, iLearn Mentoring Program. While there have been vast improvements in Liberia’s educational sector over the last five years, the national gross enrollment ratio in primary schools remains below 50 percent. This statistic shows that despite a free primary education policy, there still exists a demographic frontier beyond which the free-tuition policy is not effective.
The iMHere! (“Mmbehnienh”) Project is a youth-led initiative that provides academic scholarships and other educational and recreational opportunities to youth in low-income communities where youth are more at risk of dropping out of school due to peer pressure, violence and teen pregnancy.
The iTeach, iLearn program is the mentorship component to the iMHere! Project. The program pairs top-performing high school students or recent graduates with youth in low-income communities. The top-performing students serve as mentors, life skills coaches and academic tutors to youth in low-income communities.
On the flip side, the top-performing Liberian high school students are paired up with “e-Mentors,” who are college students or graduates in western universities. The e-Mentors provide academic guidance to the Liberian high school students, many of who are interested in applying to universities outside Liberia. Additionally, the iTeach, iLearn program pays for the top-performing high school students to sit the Scholastic Aptitude Test, an internationally recognized standardized exam for students looking to apply to top universities around the world.
The purpose of the iTeach, iLearn program is to promote youth-led and youth-focused, collaborative learning, dialogue and friendship among youth from different socioeconomic classes, as well as to provide support to excellent high school students interested in applying to colleges abroad. It also aims to provide role models to young people in low-income communities, many of which lack positive role models for youth to emulate.
The project currently provides academic scholarships to 19 young men in several communities in Monrovia, and has recruited 8 students to serve as iTeach, iLearn mentors. The iMHere! Project has been in existence since June 2010. It is led by Liberian Global Changemaker Mahmud Johnson (AYS Cape Town 2009, AYS Harare 2010, WEF Tanzania 2010 and GYS 2010).
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Nigeria as a country ranks among one of the most corrupt countries in the world according to the reports of global anti-corruption watchdog- Transparency International. The problem appears endemic and to have eaten deep into the fabrics of the populace and cutting across different age range and social strata in the society. It is heart-warming to note that successive Governments have continued to make attempts at curtailing the situation, though with significant progress across various sectors, but it still largely remains a herculean task to achieve. However with modest youth led projects focusing on the over arching theme, it is anticipated that this malaise would be addressed. It is within this context that ‘Project Live Right’ was created with the main goal of engaging young people in active campaign against corruption.
The project will not only focus on Students or youths, but also on local community officials, civil servants, local authorities and government institutions. It is anticipated that this will create an inter-generational approach to solving corruption and also strengthen the fight against corruption in Nigeria through the engagement of young people. The project will include a number of anti-corruption actions, but will concentrate mainly on Essay and forums and the effective utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs). It is expected that about 150 schools and as well as over 300 Youths from youth organisations and groups will participate directly in this project in three states across Nigeria and also indirectly reach a significant portion of Nigerian Youths. Secondary School Students will be expected to participate in the Inter-school Essay Competitions in partnership with Ministries of Education and Education Districts in each state and select youths will gather for an Anti-corruption Youth forum that will include breakout sessions and hands-on training sessions with keynote Speakers drawn from various anti-corruption watch dog agencies, International development partners, non-governmental organisations, allied Ministries and government agencies.
Participants would be encouraged to cascade the knowledge gotten from the programme to others and the formation of anti-corruption clubs will also be encouraged. The online component will involve the creation of a website for the project. This would be interactive in nature and also serve as a youth hub for anti-corruption issues. It will possess the following features. An ‘How to do’ section– which would provide tools and resources such as budget tracking tools, citizen journalism amongst others. In addition, a section to upload messages, pictures, videos and posters that addresses or reports any form of corruption with locations and other relevant details across the 774 local government area councils and thirty-six states including the Federal capital territory.
This would be forwarded weekly to the major anti-corruption watch dog agencies in Nigeria. In addition, a key feature of the website will be the publication of monthly allocation of monies published by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Finance. This will enable young people to keep track or monitor budgetary allocations to their respective local government councils and States. In addition, winners of the essay competition from each state will receive prizes and also have their essays published on the Project website. The “Live Right” Project recognises that young people across Nigeria can play a major role in the fight against corruption. Therefore there is a need to equip them with the right skills set and resources in order to make them resourced and furnished with innovative tools in their fight against corruption. It is our broader vision that young people can be effectively engaged in the dissemination of information on corruption thereby tackling the problem of corruption within their individual communities.
Women and girls' rights
Project Hope was born out compassion for the plight of teenage girls in Cameroon who fall pregnant and become mothers whilst still at school. These girls are almost always expelled from school on the pretext that allowing them to remain in school will corrupt the morals of their peers. Thus their studies are disrupted and few ever return to school after giving birth. Also there is no dedicated support available to schoolgirls who are either pregnant or are mothers. To change this situation, Project Hope decided to train volunteers to work with the girls and create a support network for the girls. Lastly Project Hope worked with families to encourage them to accept and support their daughters in their situation.
Project Hope will provide individual support to pregnant school girls and mothers to ensure that they have a more academically and socially conducive environment. Volunteers will work directly with girls in these situations, identify their problems, advocate for them before school authorities, mentor and inspire them and provide them with support and inspiration so that they will overcome the odds of their situation and forge ahead resolutely with their studies. Project Hope will also form the girls into a community where they will share their problems with each, reach out to each other in times of need and provide mutual comfort and solace to each other. The girls will also go out to schools and the media to sensitive students and the public about changing negative attitudes to teenage pregnancy.
Project Hope will keep girls in school who otherwise would have dropped out. It will also build their confidence and morale and give them practical resources to help tackle their problems. The support group and network will be a big booster to the girls to enable them understand that they are not alone. By reaching out to other school children and to the public , seeing the girls succeeding in spite of their situation will change public opinion and mentalities. We will reach over 200 people directly and over 2000 indirectly. As a result of our project girl school enrolment and retention in school will be strengthened, the girls affected will be protected from possible delinquency and the girls affected will be the greatest ambassadors going forward. We hope to influence the government to come up with a compassionate policy towards school girls who are pregnant or are mothers.
Simamkele Blossom Dlakavu
Sakha Ulutsha Lwethu
Sakha seeks to change this status quo through running workshops in rural and township schools around South Africa. These workshops are run and facilitated by university students from the exact communities and this provides personal experience where students are able to relate to the facilitators because the facilitators themselves act as role models that the learners can truly relate to because they share the same backgrounds and face the same socio-economic challenges.
Knowledge is shared on the relevant opportunities and information for furthering their studies. Through providing physical application forms from various institutions of higher learning in South Africa, Bursary and Financial Aid forms; career guidance as well as providing them with a study manual that will hopefully improve their study techniques and encourage academic excellence. Overall our objective is to change impoverished mindsets with low ambition to encouraging the setting of personal goals and academic excellence.
From the 11th to the 13th of March this was achieved by Simamkele Dlakavu and Gcobani Qambela who are both Global Change-makers, the DadFund and other young activists from South Africa. They hosted 25 workshops in 25 rural and township schools with other young volunteers. Those workshops impacted almost 3000 students.
Environment and Climate Change
The social news portal
In this CAP, social networks, such as facebook.com, are used in order to create news portals. Media span the internet but miss the big picture of what the information consumer needs: to be able to source, manipulate and re-source information in one place. The social news portal will make it possible to communicate with your friends within a social network and find the latest news of the world in the very same place.
In the news portal, you will find headlines, original written pieces, relevant news from other channels, videos, pod casts, forums, ‘get your own news’ widgets, games and easy sharing options.
The Social News Portal is meant for the enthusiastic and information-hungry people. It’s objectives are:
•To offer a radically simple way of accessing information on the internet.
•To enable the sharing of knowledge on sustainability (environmental sustainability, social innovation, corporate sustainability, sustainable living).
•To promote best practices on initiatives for sustainability.
•To facilitate the happening of real actions from virtual conversations.
The Yin Project
The Yin project is a empowerment NGO that brings out power every human being has to make a meaningful difference in their own lives and the lives of others.
It is based in Accra, Ghana.The Yin Project’s vision is to empower Ghanaians through creative, environmentally friendly and sustainable means for a healthier and happier world.We sell recycled glass jewelry made by volunteers to fund the education of children involved in ‘galamsey’ operations (illegal gold mining) in Bolgatanga.Thus preventing them from being involved in the illegal mining activities that puts them at risk of fatal accidents and major health risks such as respiratory infections and give them the opportunity to grow into healthy and productive members of society.
The Yin Project has already funded the apprenticeship of Yin at a welder’s shop and the project has also organized volunteers to teach Yin basic mathematics and English skills.Yin is a fourteen year old former illegal miner. His parents died of AIDS.He run to the mines because his extended family could not feed him. He grinned the gold ores from the mines but occasionally he was sent to work in the mine itself; when it needed expansion. He put his life at risk everyday yet he barely made enough to feed himself.The project will hopefully begin funding another child miner in a few months.
The Project has 22 volunteers including recent high school and college graduates, professionals and some orphans for Beacon House orphanage.The project teaches volunteers valuable jewelry making skills and most importantly enlightens them of the power they have to make a meaningful difference in their own lives and the lives of others.
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