South Africa: Youth say YES to greener futures

To address youth unemployment, CapeNature and the Department of Environmental Affairs celebrated their successful first year of the Youth Environmental Services (YES) Programme with a graduation of 110 participants.

The YES Programme objectives include skills development through acquiring 120 credits from the scarce skills courses identified, local economic development for services and procurement related to the programme, and community service interventions.

Both entities aim to address challenges of youth unemployment and prioritise local communities living in and adjacent to the nature reserves across the Western Cape.

The funding for the programme by the Department of Environmental Affairs will empower 272 youths over two years from communities in dire need.

CapeNature chief executive Dr Razeena Omar said: “This particular programme affirms our commitment to promote the education of women, in that 64 out of the 110 graduates are women.”

The programme, run by the People and Conservation component of Cape-Nature, includes skills development in natural resource guardianship, community house-building, tourism guiding, new venture creation and assistant chef training.

Along with forming successful partnerships with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, Benchmark, Nedbank and Old Mutual, the graduates have been catapulted into positions within the environment, tourism sector, construction and hospitality industries.

Source – Cape Times

Nigeria: Group mobilises 2,000 youths for voter education

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie

A group, Grassroots Accountability Advocacy Foundation (GAAF), has mobilized over 2,000 youths for nation-wide voters education. The already trained youths who would begin the tour of local communities shall be taking citizens on the issue of violence-free elections against 2019.

Titled, Roadmap to Violence-free Election, the President and Founder of GAAF, Genevieve Anthony-Iroajanma, told The Guardian that the nationwide enlightennent campaign would begin in Imo State on November 22. She added that the initiative came with the increasing incidents of vote invalidations in the recently concluded elections in some states.

According to her, the opinion survey conducted in some states revealed gross ignorance of electoral process and lack of basic information of electoral procedures among rural dwellers and less educated Nigerians.“The results of GAAF’s most recent voters’ opinion survey carried out to ascertain the level of voters’ information and awareness among rural voters resident in Imo State revealed gross ignorance of the whole electoral process and lack of adequate information of electoral procedure among rural and less educated residents.”

The scheduled flag off of the programme in Imo will bring together representatives of security agencies, the anti-graft agencies, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Civil Society Groups, the academia, politicians and religious leaders, who would be speaking on the dangers of electoral violence.

According to Anthony-Iroajanma, cases of votes cancellations and attendant disagreements have posed a new challenge in the Nigerian electoral process, and this, she stated, required immediate attention.“We cannot therefore continue to stand by and watch as millions of uninformed, yet eligible voters Group mobilises 2,000 youths for voter education being alienated from the entire democratic process merely because of lack of knowledge of the voting and the whole electoral process.

Source – Guardian

Save Nigeria, resist violence – Group to youths

Mr Prosper Okafor, President, National Youths Summit on Peace and Security (NYSPS), on Wednesday urged Nigerian youths to resist all forms of violence capable of causing breach of the country’s peace and unity. Okafor told Newsmen in Abuja that security and peace were key to economic and political stability.

He urged youths to always put Nigeria ahead of their ambitions, saying that peace and security could not be realised without the youth. “We must promote peace, enhance security, national unity and integration using our strength. “Previous elections in Nigeria have been marred by all manners of violence and the need for its reversal cannot be overemphasised,’’ Okafor said.

The group’s leader, who restated the imperatives of national unity, said that only reorientation and reintegration of youths could make it possible. According to him, it is time for our youths to say no to greedy politicians’ lures of destruction during elections. He condemned in strong terms the ugly role of some politicians in sowing the seed of acrimony and tribal discord because of desperation for political gains. Okafor particularly blamed insurgency, militancy, armed robbery and other vices on the gullibility of some youths which, he said, must be jettisoned.

He reminded youths and politicians to tread carefully because elections “come and go’’ while Nigerian state was permanent. NYSPS has five strategic partners, including the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Nigeria Civil Defence (NSCDC). Others are the Nigeria Youth Parliament (NYP), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and National Association of Nigerian Students.

Source – Vanguard

Ghana: Regional Minister to compete MP seat again, says Tema East Youth

A large number of youths from the Tema East Constituency in response to the uprising dissatisfaction of leadership from the current Member of Parliament of the area Hon. Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover has made declarations of the return of the Regional Minister.

The Regional Minister in the person of Hon. Ishmael Ashitey who currently occupies the Greater-Accra regional seat in the parliament of Ghana served as Member of Parliament for Tema East from 1996 to 2008, and between that period, he was first appointed as Minister of State for Fisheries from 2001 to 2003 by former President John Agyekum Kufuor.

In recent past, the Tema East MP who doubled as Deputy Minister for Transport Daniel Nii-Kwartei Titus Glover, and new entrant Carlos Kingsley Ahinkorah, also Deputy Minister for Trade deliberately used their political clout to foil evacuation exercises, passed by the general assembly with impunity.

Reports suggest that, not only did Mr. Titus-Glover resisted such an exercise to be carried out at the Community 1 market “Kwasia dwaso” after the approval of General Assembly, the highest decision making body of the assembly, but also abused the Metropolitan Chief Executive verbally, before the traders and the Restoration Works Crew of the Assembly.

According to the youth, there has been no infrastructural project since Titus-Glover occupied his seat. He has been good at disrespecting authorities and the opposition as well as promoting disunity among his own NPP members.

Sources within the constituency hinted that, the decision of calling back the 63 years old Hon. Ishmeal Ashitey was because of the great leadership skills he showed in his term of office.

Reports reaching Tema Politics can confirm the interest of the regional minister in coming back for his seat though we are yet to hear from the horse’s own mouth.

Source: Modern Ghana

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Tunisian activist Aya Chebbi appointed African Union’s Youth Envoy

By Daniel Mumbere

Tunisian activist, Aya Chebbi was on Thursday appointed the first ever African Union (AU) Youth Envoy, a position created to mobilise young people across the continent towards the pursuit of Agenda 2063.

Chebbi, a Pan-African feminist from Tunisia, who shot to global fame as a blogger during the 2010 Arab Spring in her country, will work with a Youth Advisory Council comprised of members from across the continent.

‘‘She will advocate, and raise awareness on, the implementation of the Demographic Dividend Roadmap,’‘ reads part of the AU statement on her appointment.

The African Union Demographic Dividend Roadmap is a policy document which roots for investment in Africa’s young people in the areas of employment and entrepreneurship, education and skills development, health and wellbeing, and rights, governance and youth empowerment

About Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi (31) is an activist on a mission to connect, empower and mobilise African youth into social change through Pan- Africanism.

Chebbi holds a degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of Human Sciences of Tunis and a Master’s degree in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she was a Mo Ibrahim Scholar.

She is the founder of multiple platforms, such as the Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM), which coaches the next generation to be positive change agents; Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements; and Afresist, a youth leadership programme and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa.

Source: africanews

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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019

By MENA

Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

Source: Egypt Today

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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019

By MENA

Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

Source: Egypt Today

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Nigeria: NAFOWA to empower unemployed women, youths in Abuja

By Jerrywright Ukwu

NAFOWA is set to empower another batch of 220 unemployed women and youths

The association commenced the 10th edition of its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in Abuja

The 10-week programme will provide participants with needed knowledge and practical skills in vocational areas

The Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) has commenced the 10th edition of its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in Abuja.

The 10-week programme, which commenced on Saturday, November 3, at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Abuja will provide participants with needed knowledge and practical skills in vocational areas such as tailoring, catering, hairdressing and barbing, makeup artistry, computer appreciation as well as photography and videography.

Other areas are satellite cable installation, event decoration, interior decoration and soft furnishing, soap and disinfectant production, leather shoes and bags production as well as aluminum works fabrication.

Legit.ng gathered that 220 unemployed women and youths will benefit from the skills acquisition programme which is in tandem with the association’s resolve to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in curbing youth restiveness through the provision of employment opportunities.

Speaking during the flag off ceremony, the NAFOWA national president, Hajiya Hafsat Sadique Abubakar, reiterated the commitment of the association to contribute to the socio-economic wellbeing of women and children in the society.

According to her, the commencement of the 10th edition of the programme in Abuja was a testimony to the readiness of the association to discourage any form of idleness and social vices among youths.

Her words: “We have come to commence the biggest training so far, we are ready to add another group of two hundred and twenty aspiring youths, women and widows into our skill acquisition hall of fame.

“It has long been in our plan to bring this initiative to Abuja knowing fully well that despite being a cosmopolitan city, Abuja is not spared from the problem of unemployment and the NAF Base Abuja despite being an accommodating base still has the same demographics which has always attracted NAFOWA, that is women, youths and widows.

“We know many people in this environment are in need of this empowerment intervention as the problem of unemployment, idleness and underemployment is really not selective of its location.

“Hence, the participants of this 10th edition have been carefully selected from all the Bases in Abuja that house Nigerian Air Force Personnel and their surrounding communities.

“We have identified women, youths and widows who are in need of our support through a program like this and who are willing and ready to change their stories.

“We have not only paid attention to the dependants of NAF personnel but we have also included our host communities who have been graciously accommodating us all these years as we all know the Nigerian Air Force and also NAFOWA pays special attention to a good civil military relationship.”

Earlier in her welcome address, the NAFOWA coordinator, Abuja chapter, Hajiya Rabiat Yusuf, revealed that the participants of the 10th edition of the programme were carefully selected from all the NAF Bases in Abuja and their host communities.

She also thanked the association for its continuous drive towards empowering the vulnerable in the society.

NAFOWA has graduated over 2,000 women and youths from its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in just over 2 years.

Meanwhile, in continuation of efforts at empowering dependants of personnel in productive ventures, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), recently flagged off the new farming season at 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG), Benin.

The farming scheme is part of the BYETA initiated in 2016 by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as part of efforts at empowering barracks youths in all NAF bases across the country, by training them in different aspects of agriculture towards positively engaging them in productive ventures.

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Top notch security in Sharm el Sheikh ahead of World Youth Forum (WYF)

By Egypt Today staff

Security measures have been tightened in Sharm el-Sheikh prior to launching the 2018 World Youth Forum.

Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik has inspected the latest security measures taken at Sharm el-Sheikh, including the regulation of security services to welcome the forum’s international participants.

Meanwhile, the latest modern inspecting devices have been provided to reduce the time spent by passengers at the airport, while security has been beefed up across Southern Sinai and the roads to Sharm el Sheikh.

Tawfiq commended the forces’ discipline and high morale in carrying out their duties in coordination with the Armed Forces.

The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) will convene in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Nov. 2 and 6 with the participation of thousands of youths.

The WYF administration has received more than 35,000 applications from youth coming from 165 countries to participate in the forum so far, since it has opened registration on Aug. 18, the administration previously announced.

Some 30 percent of applicants come from Africa and Arab countries, while 70 percent of the applying youth are from other countries, the statement added.

The administration opened a live chat for direct communication with the youth, who are interested in attending the forum, to help solve technical problems they may face during registration.

The WYF in its second annual version will tackle two main axes: peace and development.

The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism issues, and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The theme of the development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.

An Arab-African Summit Simulation Model will be held on the sidelines of the forum, as recommended during the African Union Simulation Model held in May 2018 as part of the activation of the recommendations of the 2017 World Youth Forum.

Source: Egypt Today

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Top notch security in Sharm el Sheikh ahead of World Youth Forum (WYF)

By Egypt Today staff

Security measures have been tightened in Sharm el-Sheikh prior to launching the 2018 World Youth Forum.

Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik has inspected the latest security measures taken at Sharm el-Sheikh, including the regulation of security services to welcome the forum’s international participants.

Meanwhile, the latest modern inspecting devices have been provided to reduce the time spent by passengers at the airport, while security has been beefed up across Southern Sinai and the roads to Sharm el Sheikh.

Tawfiq commended the forces’ discipline and high morale in carrying out their duties in coordination with the Armed Forces.

The 2018 World Youth Forum (WYF) will convene in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Nov. 2 and 6 with the participation of thousands of youths.

The WYF administration has received more than 35,000 applications from youth coming from 165 countries to participate in the forum so far, since it has opened registration on Aug. 18, the administration previously announced.

Some 30 percent of applicants come from Africa and Arab countries, while 70 percent of the applying youth are from other countries, the statement added.

The administration opened a live chat for direct communication with the youth, who are interested in attending the forum, to help solve technical problems they may face during registration.

The WYF in its second annual version will tackle two main axes: peace and development.

The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism issues, and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The theme of the development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.

An Arab-African Summit Simulation Model will be held on the sidelines of the forum, as recommended during the African Union Simulation Model held in May 2018 as part of the activation of the recommendations of the 2017 World Youth Forum.

Source: Egypt Today

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