2017 Free Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Teachers Training Workshop

​WAAW Foundation is excited to announce that application is now open for 2017 Free Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) teachers training workshop.
The one-week intensive programming training is set up to train 100 secondary school STEM teachers from the 36 states of Nigeria on digital literacy training.

Carefully selected participants will have the opportunity to learn Web Development, Renewable Energy systems such as solar and wind mill systems, ICT skills, Arduino, Integrative Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development Skills and also participate in team building exercises etc.

At the end of the training, teachers would return to their schools to launch STEM tutoring and mentoring programs including integrating skills learnt in existing science clubs of their respective institution

Details of this year’s camp:

Date: July 31 st – August 4 th , 2017

Venue: 3 rd Floor, NEPZA Building, 2 Zambezi Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.

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Registration for the STEM camp is open till July 30, 2017.

Find additional information here

7th FEMRITE Regional Residency 2017 for African Women Writers in Uganda (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 15th July 2017

FEMRITE is delighted to announce the call for submissions for the 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers which will be co-hosted with Karavan, a Swedish literary magazine, with support from the Swedish Institute.

The 10-day writing residency will take place, in Kampala, in February 2018. The 10 selected writers will re-work their submitted manuscripts, participate in peer reviewing of work(s)-in-progress, receive feedback from mentors, participate in a public reading, share information on writing, and work with selected schools to start reading and writing projects.

Requirements

Any African woman writer who lives on the continent, is working on a novel or memoir manuscript, writes in English and hasn’t published more than one book, can apply.

Benefits

The residency will cover your return air ticket, accommodation, and meals for the period of the residency.
What you need to submit:

  • An extract from a novel or memoir manuscript that you would like to re-work during the residency (Maximum 5000 words)
  • A short story for publication in the residency anthology (minimum 3000 words)
  • Biography (150 words or less)
  • A passport-size photo

Send the documents as .docx attachments. (Use Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 spacing.)

Do not include illustrations.

FEMRITE will notify successful applicants by 30th August 2017.

For submissions or further inquiries, please send an email to info@femrite.org and copy to info.femrite@gmail.com

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​UONGOZI Institute Leadership Essay Competition 2017 for Young Africans ($USD 2,000 Prize & Funded to Johannesburg, South Africa)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 14th July, 2017
African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

The essay contest aims to provide a space for the youth of Africa and the next generation of leaders in the region to contribute to important discussions on leadership.
The essays should respond to the following question:

“If you were a leader, what would you do to ensure that peace and security is achieved and sustained in Africa?”

The essays should be no more than 2 A4 pages long. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.

Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropriateness to the contest theme.

All essays must be written in English.

Eligibility

Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18-25 currently residing in Africa.

The selected winners will be required to travel to Johannesburg on 23 August, 2017, therefore valid identification and travel documents will be required for this purpose.

Prizes

A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the essay contest. A total of five winners will be selected. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the second to fifth place winners.

The top 5 winners will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the Africa Leadership Forum Dinner Gala on 24 August, 2017, which will be attended by senior leaders from across Africa in the public, private and civil society sectors.

The overall winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.

How to Apply

Essays should be submitted by email to: submissions@uongozi.or.tz .

Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights.

The final deadline for submission will be Tuesday, 14 July, 2017 (5pm GMT). The top five finalists will be notified via email by the first week of August. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

Get more information here

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.

Sourve: ghmarv.com

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

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.