Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tread Lightly Educator Challenge:Call for Entries!

Are you an educator working to support environmental stewardship amongst youth?

Then step up to the Tread Lightly Educator Challenge for a chance to win $1000!
TakingITGlobal and the Staples Foundation for Learning want to recognize the commitment and passion of educators who are using the Tread Lightly program to engage youth in learning about climate change. Through the Tread Lightly Educator Challenge, our goal is to showcase inspirational stories from teachers around the world who have engaged with the program while rewarding exceptional examples of leadership and innovation in the field of environmental education. Share your Tread Lightly story by May 20, 2011 for your chance to win!


  • Grand prize of US $1,000
  • 5 finalist prizes of TIGed virtual classroom licences
  • Plus three $100 gift cards will be drawn at random and awarded to educators who create and utilize their own free Tread Lightly thematic classroom – pre-loaded with Tread Lightly content and related resources – to engage students in online learning.

Eligibility: Educators from any country may participate. Submissions from both formal and informal educators are encouraged.


Criteria: Prizes will be awarded to educators who have demonstrated the most creative and innovative participation in the Tread Lightly program. Ways of engaging in the program include the following:

  • Using Tread Lightly lesson plans
  • Engaging students in Tread Lightly learning through a thematic classroom
  • Using the virtual classroom’s collaborative functionality to connect to other Tread Lightly participants – whether across town or across an ocean!
  • Taking part in a Tread Lightly international student video conference, offered in partnership with our friends at the Centre for Global Education
  • Organizing youth participation in the Tread Lightly Challenge
  • Encouraging eco-artists to compete in the Imprints Art Contest
  • Holding a Low Carbon Lunch event

How to enter: Share a written story, photo blog post or video that captures how you utilized the Tread Lightly program to engage with youth, and what impact it had. Be sure to indicate clearly which aspects of the program you utilized and how. Post your blog entry or video creation online as you see fit and then share the link with us through a simple contest submission form (or if you prefer, submit your written story directly, through the form) to complete your entry.
Deadline: The contest deadline is May 20th, 2011. Winners will be notified by May 31st, 2011.
If you have any questions, contact the Tread Lightly team at

For more information on the Tread Lightly program, please visit,or find us on Twitter (@TIGTreadLightly).



Call for Applications:Moremi Initiative Fellowship 2011


Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2011 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program.

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them tackle issues affecting women in their communities and society as a whole. Applications are welcome from young African women living in Africa and the Diaspora.

MILEAD fellowship awards will be made to 25 young women with exceptional qualities who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the one-year program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD including a three-week residential Summer Institute in August; and commit to a community leadership service project. Applicant must be between 19 – 25 years of age. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application package.


Please note that this is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3–week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activities.


We invite you to forward the enclosed MILEAD application materials to emerging young African Women leaders with the potential to help transform Africa.


The deadline for completed MILEAD Fellows applications to be submitted for review is March 30, 2011.

Download application Package for Year 2011 MILEAD Fellows as PDF or DOC


For more on  forms or additional information, please


Enter the Zeitgeist Young Minds Competition!

Young Minds is a space for you to share how you’ve made or are trying to make a positive difference to the world around you. And to hear how other young people are also doing their bit to help their communities and make a difference to the world we live in.

Young Minds is Google’s search for the young people whose actions shape today and ideas will shape tomorrow.

We want to find twelve 18-24 year olds who will win a chance to attend a special programme of events and masterclasses held alongside this year’s Zeitgeist 2011 in May. Upload your entry  by April 4 2011 for the chance to meet some of the brightest people on the planet.

Enter Here!

Project Inspire:For Asia; Middle East and Africa

Have an inspirational idea that can empower women, improve their livelihood, change the world?

Here is your chance to make it happen!

PROJECT INSPIRE: 5 Minutes to Change the World is a joint initiative by UN Women Singapore and MasterCard to help you create a better world of opportunities for women and girls in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

Sure, there are million dollar ideas out there. That’s not what we need from you.

We want you to get creative and make meaningful impact with the limited resources you have. Keep it real. And inspire others to do the same.

It’s about accessible, doable, measureable, sustainable.

Send us a video pitch with your idea to help empower disadvantaged women or girls, through education, skills training, financial inclusion, social entrepreneurship. You could win a US$25,000 grant to go out there and bring your vision to life.

Special recognition will be given to the Best Financial Literacy/ Livelihood proposal which will win a start-up grant of US$10,000.

What’s more, finalists will get the chance to come to Singapore to present their inspiring idea to an expert judging panel. You will also attend a workshop on sustainable social entrepreneurship and presentation skills training.

If you are 18-35 years old, passionate about making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged women and girls, we want to hear from you!

Click ‘How to enter‘ for more information. Submissions are open from 8 March – 30 June 2011.


Introducing the PREP2GRAD!

Prep2Grad is a school-based programme of the Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project(ASPMP) It prioritizes Career Guidance and Counseling for graduating students of Secondary Schools and the Tertiary intuitions either at Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

The programme strategizes the usuage of symposiums, in-school group counseling sessions, facility tours as well as youth culture driven media campaigns to get young people to plan towards their graduation and post graduation engagements. Prep2grad is committed to ensuring that young people are equipped to identify, initiate and effectively manage their post -graduate engagements be it work/internship and or  business opportunities.

Find the event link below: PREP2GRAD!


Apply for the Machel-Mandela Internship Programme – Open to Young African Graduates

The Brenthurst Foundation is inviting applications from young graduates for the newly-established Machel-Mandela Internship Programme, named in honour of former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel.

The Machel-Mandela Internship programme aims to be the most prestigious of its kind in Africa. It will help sharpen the Brenthurst Foundation’s focus on Africa’s burgeoning youth population and help nurture Africa’s future leaders.


The internship will be available full-time for a minimum of six months and a maximum of two successful candidates will be selected per year. The intern may be from Africa or abroad and will be based at the Brenthurst Foundation’s headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg. Interns will work directly with and assist the Foundation’s staff on a range of projects and activities, some of which will require foreign travel.

A stipend per month will be provided. Other expenses (travel, accommodation) may also be provided depending on the circumstances of the successful candidate and subject to agreement by the Brenthurst Foundation.


* Under 30 years of age
* An Undergraduate or Masters level degree
* Excellent spoken and written English. African and other languages an asset
* Excellent communication skills
* Enthusiastic and reliable, a self-starter who requires minimal oversight and management
* Able to balance deadlines and attention to detail
* Fluency in all basic IT skills
* Copy-editing and proof-reading skills an asset
* A passion for Africa and a keen interest in new thinking and strategies to strengthen Africa’s economic performance
* Broad knowledge of African politics and economics
* Familiarity with the work of the Brenthurst Foundation (please consult the website).


Please address your application to Ms Leila Jack and e-mail it to quoting ‘Machel-Mandela Intern’ in the subject line.

You will need to send:

* An up-to-date CV with references’ details
* A covering letter – no more than 500 words, outlining your interest in the position and the skills you can bring to bear
* A writing sample – this can be any piece of work, for example an essay or a published article, of any length.

The deadline for applications is 23 March 2011.

Info Source: The Brenthurst Foundation

Opportunity for Writers!

Writing and Training opportunity

Are you a young writer eager to contribute content to an exciting new online platform focused on women, politics and leadership in Nigeria and improve your writing in the process?

If you believe you are suitable and between the ages of 20 to 40 please send:

1.     Application letter

2.     Your short Biography (200 words)

3. A story about a female politician currently running for office in your locality. Format – Interview, article (of not more than 300 words) or photo essay

All entries must be accompanied by at least one picture. The photo essay of course requires several pictures.

Any entries sent in may be published. Selected writers will be notified and will join a free training programme to enhance their skills.

Deadline for applications 22 March 2011

Send all applications and enquiries to Pamela Braide –

cc. Peju Olaniyi – email (

Announcer – KIND (Kudirat Initiative for Democracy)

Kudirat Initiative for Democracy(KIND) is a not for profit organization with the mission to strengthen organizations and create initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women.We work primarily in Nigerian in the areas of leadership development for young women and on collaborative projects aimed at removing barriers to women’s public participation and ending violence against women.


ACCESS Nigeria:Employability project;APPLY!!!

Access Nigeria is a World Bank Supported project. The goal of ACCESS – Nigeria (Assessment of Core Competence for Employability in the Services Sector) is to support the building of human capital base for Nigeria to compete in the fast-growing new economy areas, particularly the services sectors and the ICTs. The program seeks to boost employability and jobs creation.

Access Nigeria will give a free assessment of your competency levels, which may lead to your selection for a training on service sector jobs. This will help boost your employability, by improving your cognitive, communication and computer skills.

Access Nigeria is an assessment, training and certification program. It will be held in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu and Lagos on the 21st of March to 1st of April, 2011.

To register visit

For more information email


Bitter Truth about Graduate Unemployment

By Funmi Wale-Adegbite

Do you know any graduate currently “looking” for a job?  Chances are 9 out of 10 people will answer “Yes” to that question.

From my experience as a recruitment consultant, looking is hardly a way to describe the approach most Nigerian graduates adopt towards their job search “siddon look” is probably a better way to describe the typical graduate’s strategy. On speaking to countless graduates in my 11 years of practicing recruitment in Nigeria, I am compelled to write this piece.

Let’s do a simple exercise.  Ask any graduate who is looking for a job how many jobs they have actually applied for.  The highest figure I have so far received as an answer is 6!  On close inspection, the figure is more like 2, because the other four applications were made through 3rd parties (agencies, parents and friends).

I was moved to tears a week ago when my own cousin came to me for careers advice.  Her lack of job search knowledge was simply mind boggling.  It was at that point that I realised what an epidemic this graduate job search issue was.  I guess you could say, my cousin’s situation finally drove the message home for me.

Having schooled and worked in the UK, I fully understand the concept of graduate job search, both first hand and from friends and family. Let’s take my sister’s case as an example.  Tope studied insurance at university and in her 1st year at university and my own 3rd, we spent the entire month of July walking the streets of London searching for holiday jobs.  We knew that no employer would take any graduate seriously if they had never worked before.

After a month of serious searching, we both found jobs, me at one of British telecom’s offices in the city of London and Tope at Oasis, a retail shop near London’s Tottenham Court Road as a shop assistant.  A job she worked at every holiday until graduation.

On graduation, Tope had to search for work in London’s insurance industry.  She must have written at least 1000 applications.  And of course, employer replies came back with the same ferocity with which the applications were sent – in the UK , every company was statutorily obliged to respond to every graduate application.

I recall with so much pride, one cold winter evening as I returned to the house I shared with my sister. Tope must have sent in at least 500 job applications to all the insurance companies listed in the business directory, the week before, because on getting to the house, I had to push the door open with all my strength.  The postman had obviously visited and managed to stuff a very high number of application responses through the letter hole in the door.  Of course most of them started with “ Dear Temitope, thank you for your application to our company, however we regret…”  Painfully, to find out if any company had indeed invited her for an interview, she had to open each and every letter.  You can imagine the valuable life lessons she learnt going through the application process itself.

As graduates then, we were fully aware that we needed to make about 20 – 30 applications to stand a chance of getting one interview!  The insurance industry being a peculiar one, Tope’s application to interview ratio was more like 200 – 1!  Furthermore, you needed an average of 3-5 interviews to get a job offer! So let’s do the math!  1 interview from 20 job applications is a 5% positive response rate!  As I pointed out at the beginning of this article, most Nigerian graduates only ever apply for 2 jobs directly!

That will earn them 0.1 of an interview…

For some reason, Nigerian universities, both private and public don’t seem to understand the importance of career guidance for their undergraduates.  Education is a means to an end, but it appears as if they treat it as an end in itself. Every university should have a properly equipped careers service for her undergraduates.  Every parent needs to ensure that they get proper careers advice for their child/ward from age 16 years onwards. Good news is, it’s not too late to get proper careers advice even at 35 years of age, but the earlier, the better.

Over the years, it has been very encouraging for me to see the transformation in the lives of a good number of the graduates after a heart to heart conversation about changing their beliefs and hence, approach, to job search.  The usual response I get is heartfelt thanks and a confession “ma’am, nobody has actually ever spoken to me like this before…”

In a bid to end the Graduate Unemployment malaise in Nigeria, I will be running a Free Graduate Job Search Clinic every Friday (2.00pm – 4.00pm) in Lagos. To book a spot, please call 01 774 8645.

Funmi Wale-Adegbite is Managing Partner of the Nigerian Practice of Antal International, an executive search firm with over 70 offices in countries, specialising in headhunting outstanding talent into mid-senior executive level positions within Africa and the rest of the world.

Source: bitter-truth-graduate-unemployment

Unemployment:Five die in scramble for governor’s largesse

By Iniabasi Umo

Five students were killed and several others reportedly injured during a riot by students who wanted a share of the ₦15 million distributed by the Akwa Ibom State governor Godswill Akpabio. The tragedy occurred yesterday at the Government House Uyo and the Ibom Hall where undergraduate students and unemployed graduates gathered at the instance of the state governor.

The inability of some unemployed graduates, students of the University of Uyo, Uyo City Polytechnic and Akwa Ibom State College of Education to get a share of the money led to a stampede. Mr. Akpabio had announced a ₦10 million largesse for undergraduate students who were supposed to get their money at the Government House. His running mate in the gubernatorial election, Nsima Ekere, was billed to distribute the rest ₦5 million to unemployed graduates who converged at the Ibom Hall.

Trouble started with the rumour that organisers of the event have taken away ₦4 million out of the ₦10 million given to the students. After waiting for more than four hours for the remaining ₦6 million to be shared, the students started a protest.

The protest turned into a stampede as security agencies tried to remove them from the premises. In the ensuing scramble, gunshots were fired by the police and the protesting students responded by hurling stones at the police officers.

At Ibom Hall, a few fortunate unemployed graduates got ₦1,000 each but the rest had to run away when they heard the gunshots. Matters worsened when the protesting students were joined by others in the adjourning streets of Oron and Wellington Bassey road leading to sporadic shooting which extended into the night.

During a telephone interview, Essien Udoma, the Student Union President of the University of Uyo, confirmed that they were invited by the state governor to collect ₦10 million but people under the aegis of Concerned Students for Gosdwill Akpabio, the organisers, made away with ₦4 million.

He said seven students comprising three each from the Akwa Ibom State College of Education and Uyo City Polytechnic, and one from the University of Uyo have been hospitalised in an undisclosed hospital. He refused to say how many were killed in the riots.

In what amounts to a reaction, the state government has banned all groups from gathering at the Government House for any reason. The commissioner for Information and Social Re-orientation, Aniekan Umanah, said any such rally should be taken to the PDP secretariat.