Ivy Barley, a Young Ghanaian, wins big prize in Berlin, Germany

​Her name is Ivy Barley. She is a young lady who have beaten all the odds to make her country Ghana and Africa proud. Barley made it to the front row of German newspapers by winning the prestigious ‘E-Skills for Girls Competition’ in Berlin. She won the first prize of €15,000, got a mentorship from Google and also had the opportunity to meet German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

She is a leader and an example of a perfect role women play in the computer or ICT world. She started the “Developers in Vogue”, a social enterprise that connects skilled female developers and improves the digital skills of girls and women.

Her business stands to inspire a lot of women globally especially in the coding field of ICT.

Whiles more and more women are venturing into the tech sector, there is still unbalanced ratio of gender in the digital world. It is estimated that about 71% African girls and women will not get online by the beginning of the year, 2020. A lot of women in Africa do not see the hidden benefits of technology and as a fact, creates a developmental lag in their society.

It is on several agencies including government in Africa to empower women to take advantage of technology. Various individual organizations are also key to support the African girl child or woman to see what a life changing technology can have on their lives.

There are vast number of skills a girl or woman in Africa can partake and among them are coding, digital- enabled financial management, web designing/ writing and critical analysis.

Like Ivy, girls have major advantage over men when it comes to IT. They can lead companies and invent great ideas through the coding perspective. This makes them highly stable and relevant in the current state of the imbalanced gender scale.

Ivy’s innovation has generated a greater challenge to women to stand to their feet since her company has created opportunities for the universal gender. Her achievement is worth to be celebrated especially by younger ladies who want to succeed just like her.

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iDove Call for Project Proposals – up to 5,000 Euros per project!

The “Intercontinental Youth Forum on Violent Extremism” from 21 to 23 February 2017 kicked off the project “Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism” (iDove) developed and implemented by the African Union Commission’s Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Aiming at an innovative and youthful approach by drawing on the soft power of religion and intercultural dialogue, iDove succeeded in starting a unique counter-movement against violent extremism based on the iDove principles of employing cutting-edge (technological) approaches, advocating values of tolerance, mutual respect and better understanding centred on intra- and interfaith and intercultural dialogue, promoting youth ownership and gender equality, thinking outside the activism bubble, and regional networking.

Now iDove wants to support organizations in developing and implementing youth-focused, small scale projects that contribute to preventing violent extremism in African and Europe with a grant of up to 5,000 Euros per project. According to the ideas developed by the youth participants of the “Intercontinental Youth Forum”, the projects should fit into one of the two clusters, namely “Innovative Community Projects” or “Communication and Virtual Initiatives”.

Project ideas should be submitted before 21 May 2017 with the speaker of the project group copied in. Please consult the factsheet for annotations on eligibility, assessing and scoring of the project proposals. It will help you in understanding what they are looking for in a project proposal and how to increase the chances of your project being selected. In addition, a 1-minute video showcasing the project idea must be submitted. The final selection will be made in the beginning of June. The implementation of selected projects is supposed to start in July 2017, given the final approval and the signed contract with GIZ.

Upon submission all projects will undergo an initial eligibility check according to these criteria:

  1. Organisation: Only organisations officially registered with the authorities of a country in Africa and Europe can apply for funding. Registration documents must be provided. Please be aware that each organisation who will receive funding has to invest a certain amount of effort into book keeping and accounting. Some experience in this regard will be favourable.
  2. Youth: The person in charge of the project within the lead organisation must be 20 to 35 years old.
  3. Project Proposals: The above form must be thoroughly filled out. In addition, a 1-minute video showcasing the project idea must be submitted.
  4. Maximum number of project ideas per organisation: Each organisation can submit up to two project proposals in different categories.
  5. Budget limit: iDove supports innovative project ideas with a contribution of 1,000 to 5,000 Euro. Implementing organisations, therefore, can only apply for a grant within these boundaries.
  6. Time frame: The implementation of the projects must be feasible within the time frame of 1-8 months until the end of December 2017. First results need to be presentable in October 2017.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the orgnizers through their social media platforms:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/idove00
Twitter: @_idove_

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Delegation – A Powerful Leadership Skill

While many leaders are good in delegating, many other leaders completely lack the skill or do not know it is a leadership skill.

What is Delegation?

As defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, delegation is the act of giving control, authority, a job, a duty, etc., to another person. It can also be said to be the act of empowering to act for another.

Delegating Tasks

Every leader who desires to see steady, continuous and consistent progress of the group he leads must possess effective delegation skills. Some leaders do not involve members in anything they wish to carry out because they doubt their ability to deliver. Any leader leading incompetent people is an incompetent leader. The leader must be willing and ready to involve members in the activities of the group. Even when some members appear dormant, they could be very good delegates for a specific task.

  • Delegation builds the confidence and competence of members
  • It increases trust and offers a feeling of belonging
  • It ensures that the whole members of a group are fully involved in the process and progress of the group.

In delegating, it is important to:

  • Understand the capabilities and skills of members. Some leaders delegate people based on availability. While it is important to be available, it is more important to be able! Delegate people who have relevant skills and competencies that concern the matter at hand.
  • Be Objective: Delegation based on bias may become an error in leadership. Do not look through a sentimental lens when delegating members to complete a task.
  • Let members know why you are choosing them for a task. This way, they are able to develop a personal outcome based on the confidence placed in them.
  • Have the development of the members at heart as you delegate them for duties
  • Have an oversight function and still be ahead of the situation
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Meet Kenneth Gyamerah – A Changemaker from Ghana

It is with great delight that we introduce this change maker – Kenneth Gyamerah

Kenneth Gyamerah is an enthusiast on all issues concerning youth and Education. He feels fulfilled by engaging in policy related discussions and deliberations on youth empowerment and development. He is very passionate about organizing for an African Youth agenda. Kenneth wants to be the voice for the less privilege in society. This led to his involvement with a number of global youth-related organizations. He is part of the 500 young Global Youth Ambassadors advocating for education change in underserved communities around the world. He has organised youth dialogue for 3 districts and 300 young people have benefited from this program. This has increased their sense of patriotism tremendously. He has spoken on many radio stations to help champion youth activism and talk about issues affecting the youth in Ghana and how they can go beyond any limitations to becoming change makers and problem solvers. Kenneth Gyamerah is part of the Civic Society Organization leaders Coalition of Sustainable Development Goals on Quality Education in Ghana.

Recently, he was appointed as the team leader for the review of research papers on youth soft skills development in Ghana which is part of the thematic areas in the SDG Goal 4. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the Youth Alliance for Development a non profit organization committed to empowering young people to contribute to the development aspirations of Ghana. He has mobilized about 500 young people to learn civic leadership and ethics. As Anti Teenage Pregnancy Campaign Ambassador for the Youth Alliance for Development, he has been involved in many school outreach sensitizations, campaigns and empowerment programs for students in underserved communities in the Adansi South District and Obuasi Municipals. 1,500 students have benefited from the initiative.

In February 2017, together with his team, they started a community radio program dubbed “Ellimah Youth Program ” with the Youth Alliance for Development to talk about the issues like drug abuse, decriminalization, Civic responsibilities, entrepreneurship opportunities for young people and promotion of the SDGs in three districts. The one hour youth radio program gives young people the opportunity to share their ideas and help them to deepen their understanding of governance processes in Ghana and also become responsible citizens. As the Coordinating Officer of the French Ambassador Club an initiative of Nuclous Plus Company Limited, they are currently organizing regional French Reading Competition for the Senior High Schools in Ghana. The aim of this programme is to promote the Integration of the French Language in Ghanaian Schools. As part of his advocacy work on Education and Youth Activism, he has been awarded a distinction of Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. This award is given to young African leaders in the age Cohorts of 18-29 who are contributing to community development and promoting the works of the Commonwealth in their countries.

 

Are you an African working to make a change in your community, send your impact story to africanyouthcorner@gmail.com and get featured on the AYC’s Changemakers’ Corner.

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​Intentional and Strategic Education: A Sustainably Developed Africa

By Phomolo Matleelane

Last year I had the opportunity to tutor my landlord’s kids for the 3 months. I took a break when the child completed his exams to refresh and started with his big sister close to her exams. The former was challenging mostly because the child had dropped from A grades to D grades. It wasn’t more about him passing the exams but a lot about restoring his confidence back, that is to ignite in him to believe that he can do better again and even more. Throughout these sessions I learnt a principle that I somehow believe that as educators at all levels we overlook. The principle of not just feeding/bombarding children with information but finding out first what they intend to do with the education that we would give them. This is important because when we know what kids want, their dreams/their vision for life, we will be able to help them build what they are looking forward to in the future. I believe that when they know that, their education will be used to aid/propel their dreams into motion thus to working against any tidal wave to make sure that they arrive at the destination.

 It is apparent that the landscape around job security has wildly changed and as people in Africa and the world we have to wake up to that reality. It is no longer the case on the ground that after a University graduate takes of their gown the next day they walk into their office. Young graduates today are looming on the streets and to their demise their fellow countrymen who do not have the seemingly esteemed qualification are flourishing and making big deals and transcending in businesses unimaginable. If this does not say we must interrogate our education system, I wonder what will! Perhaps what we tell our children from a young age as little as in primary school should change; learners must be instilled to use education as a means to craft them into the product that will enhance their world. Education must cultivate their minds to be creators of their destiny, revolutionise them to desire to contribute to their communities and bring a desirable change.  

My observation is that students today spend more time on their smartphones or other electronic gadgets. During tutoring, my student told me that they were able to study their material only when they had their headphones on listening to music. They said that during an exam or test they will remember the song that they were studying and somehow remember the details of what they were reading. It is surreal to think of this; however it is likely that students across the globe are doing that. More areas/houses have electricity, connection of home phone lines thus access to internet services. Therefore perhaps our systems should incorporate the dynamic changes in technology. We must teach our children the opportunities that come with being technological literate and how to use it to solve problems locally and globally.

I believe that if we can empower the young generation from a young age (primary school level) we will grow a breed of individuals/future leaders who are keen job creators and not seekers. This will mean that Africa’s manufacturing industries will become sustainable revenue. More importantly it is incumbent upon us to emphasize that white collar jobs are not the only route to enjoying and putting food on the table. That is, there are many ways of being resourcefully creative and contributing to development in our communities.

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Apply Now: The MasterCard Foundation at RUFORUM Scholarship Award 2017/2018

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Background: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Gulu University and Egerton University are implementing an eight year program aimed at transforming African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. This is eight year program (2016-2024) and will be supporting students that are economically disadvantaged, those from post-conflict and conflict affected areas of Africa. Interested applicants will undertake their training at Gulu University and Egerton University.

Eligible Programmes: The RUFORUM Technical Committee (RTC) has identified the following priority programs for the academic year 2017/2018 as eligible for application and to be supported.
Gulu University
1. Bachelor of Science in Agri-Entrepreneurship and Communication
Management
2. Bachelor of Science in Food and Agribusiness
3. Master of Science in Food Security and Community Nutrition
4. Master…

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Meet Enow A Georges – A Changemaker from Cameroon

We are pleased to introduce this amazing AYC’s Changemaker – Enow A. Georges!

enow-ayc-changeEnow A Georges is a Cameroonian Youth Development Worker and an esteemed Emerging Entrepreneur. He is a YALI fellow from the Regional Leadership Centre in Accra, Ghana cohort 4. A firebrand youth rights activist and public speaker with a deep passion for seeing young people issues brought to the front burner. He is a reproductive health, researcher, consultant and Ambassador to sexual and reproductive health issues especially Menstrual Hygiene.

With a strong desire to restore the dignity of women especially those in the rural communities he organises  reproductive health workshops, educate young girls on how to adequately manage their monthly menstrual flow, advocate at higher levels on the importance of implementing policies that favours menstruation for females. He is also a  consultant at self-consult, an online platform that connects physicians, patients and the pharmacist. In 2013 he was awarded the prize of Youngest youth Ambassador in Cameroon for the fight Against Malaria (KO PALU). In 2015, Enow was a nominee for the Future Awards Africa in Enterprise Support after supporting 500 women in rural communities on adequate menstrual management via provision of menstrual materials and educative workshops. He is also a recipient of the Princess Recognition award for my outstanding work on community service and Leadership. His vision is to see a world where Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) will have full inclusion in society and the underprivileged will access health care.

Enow is a motivational speaker and health adviser who has authored three books on leadership. His leadership teachings have been able to build up to 300 Cameroonian youths to become Social Entrepreneurs of change. He is currently an Ambassador for Harambe-Cameroon which aims at bringing out the untapped potential in Cameroonian youths. He is the community leader for the fight Against Cancer in the North West Region and Vice President for the Global youth Coalition against Cancer (GYCC).

Enow holds several post of leadership including:

  • Managing Director of Young Medical Volunteers;
  • Vice President Global Youth Coalition Against Cancer (GYCC);
  • CEO and Founder of Excellensia Accademia;
  • Programmes Coordinator at Believers Nation Incoporated;
  • Central Africa Regional Representative at African Union Students Council;
  • Reproductive Health Reseacher for Value Health Africa, Build our women and Centre for Livelihood and support to substainable development.

Enow is also an Ambassador for Harambe-Cameroon, Art of Giving and Oya Opportunities. He has represented Cameroon in the following international Conferences:

  • 3rd International Submit of Sexual and Reproductive Health Lagos, Nigeria;
  • 3rd international Submit on Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation;
  • Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC West Africa, Accra Ghana

Apart from that Enow spends most of his weekends volunteering as a tutor in a Community Library in the NothWest Region of Cameroon.

 

Are you an African working to make a change in your community, send your impact story to africanyouthcorner@gmail.com and get featured on the AYC’s Changemakers’ Corner.

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