Monthly Archives: June 2011

Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards 2011:8 days to go!

Call for Application: 8th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards 2011

Committed to showcasing the amazing efforts of young people and their impact on communities across Nigeria, LEAP Africa is accepting applications for the 8th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards. These awards will recognize outstanding young Nigerians who have initiated social change projects in their local communities.

The objectives of the 8th  Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards are:

The objectives of the 8th  Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards are:

  • To identify young people in Nigeria who have initiated change projects that are focused on improving the lives of others.
  • To encourage and support these young people in their efforts
  • To showcase their impact on local communities and to demonstrate that the youth can effectively serve as change leaders in Nigeria

The Award

The awards would recognize youth in the following categories:

  • Secondary school students in LEAPs� Leadership, Ethics and Civics (LEC) programme in Anambra, Lagos and Ogun State.
  • 5 outstanding youth between the ages of 18 and 30

Please note that the call for application is open for only the second category.

Application Criteria

Applicants must:

  1. Be between 18 and 30 years old
  2. Have played a leadership role in creating positive changes in their local communities
  3. Be able to show tangible evidence of impact
  4. Demonstrate that their initiative has potential for growth or further replication
  5. Demonstrate high-level of integrity and the willingness to serve as role models for other youth

The finalist will be recognized during a nationally publicized event that will be held on November 10, 2011 in Lagos.

Application Process

All applications should be returned to LEAP Africa office at 13 Omorinre Johnson Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos or by post to P.O. Box 75427, Victoria Island, Lagos or via email to Asuquo Asuquo at:   before June 30th, 2011. Applications can also be downloaded at LEAP Africa’s website at:


Call for Applications:4th W.TEC Girls Technology Camp

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is currently accepting applications for it’s forthcoming Girls Technology Camp. Please nominate promising young ladies and share widely.

Now in its 4th year, the W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an initiative aimed at helping girls develop an early interest in computers and other information technology. The long-term goal is to increase the numbers of women working with and using information technology productively for professional and leadership activities. This educational camp will take place on August 9 – 15, 2011 and is targeted at girls in JSS 2 to SS2. For one week, the young women will live together and participate in technology workshops and leadership activities. Evaluations of previous camps indicate enhanced leadership skills; creativity; and problem-solving and communication abilities in the girls as a result of attending the camp. It affords girls a firsthand experience in cutting edge technology.

The fee for the 4th W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is N50, 000 (this includes registration, course materials, tuition, feeding and boarding fees). Scholarships and fee waivers are also available, so we strongly urge all qualified young women to apply. Who qualifies to apply? o Female students currently in JSS 2 to SSS 2 and no younger than 11 years of age o Must have an excellent academic record o Interested in learning about computers and other information technology o Must be available in August 2011 o Must have the consent of either parent or guardian to stay in the camp with other girls for 1 week

Your applications can be sent by: 1. E-mail: 2. Mail: W.TEC, P.O. Box 50389, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos 3. Online submission from our website: 4. Hand delivery to our office: W.TEC, Suite 88, Block A-4, Sura Shopping Complex, Simpson Street, Lagos Island, Lagos If you have any questions, please contact W.TEC by phone, +234.819.115.0387, +234.1.850.9782 or email Please include the following in your application letter: Name of the applicant (Last name, First Name); Class; Age; School; Contact Address; Phone Number; E-mail


For further inquiries:

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC
Suite 88, Block A-4 Sura Shopping Complex
Simpson Street, Lagos Island
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234 1 850 9782, +234 819 115 0387

The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition 2011

The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition 2011 highlights crucial issues facing the developing world by overlooked or underrepresented by the media. It is organized in partnership with a group of UK-based international NGOs such as Marie Stopes International, CARE International UK, The David Rattray Memorial Trust (UK), Direct Relief International, FHI, International Childcare Trust, Malaria Consortium, Plan UK, and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. It is sponsored by Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline.

The challenge is to write a feature of 650 to 1,000 words by 13 June on an aspect of global poverty that deserves greater media exposure. The 16 best writers (eight amateur, eight professional) will be selected from a longlist of around 40 entrants, all of whom will have their articles published online at Guardian website.

The 16 finalists will be flown to a developing country to research a new assignment. The finalist pieces will then be published in two Guardian newspaper supplements, after the announcement of the two winners at an awards ceremony in November 2011.

The themes for the competition are:

  • ‘Aids orphans and the challenges they face’ – Theme sponsored by International Childcare Trust
  • ‘Can empowering women end poverty? ’ – Theme sponsored by Care International
  • ‘Can long-term disaster recovery lead to improved healthcare? ’ – Theme sponsored by Disaster Relief International
  • ‘Early marriage: what is the right age for a girl to become a woman? ’ – Theme sponsored by Plan UK
  • ‘Emergency Preparedness – how do prepared areas fare better post-disaster? ’ – Theme sponsored by Disaster Relief International
  • ‘From small farmers to big levers: how can smallholders best link up to improve their livelihoods? ’ – Theme sponsored by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • ‘Malaria: a disease whose days are numbered’ – Theme sponsored by FHI
  • ‘Socio-cultural barriers to family planning’ – Theme sponsored by Marie Stopes International
  • ‘The challenges faced by disabled girls’ – Theme sponsored by International Childcare Trust
  • ‘The greatest health burden in developing countries? Non-communicable diseases’ – Theme sponsored by FHI
  • ‘The impact of unsafe abortions on MDG 5: Improve maternal health’ – Theme sponsored by Marie Stopes International
  • ‘What are the challenges and the long-term importance of providing shelter after emergencies? ’ – Theme sponsored by Care International
  • ‘What stops children in rural areas going to school? ’ – Theme sponsored by the David Rattray Memorial Trust
  • ‘What role should the private sector play in international health development? ’ – Theme sponsored by the Malaria Consortium
  • ‘Why are Neglected Tropical Diseases neglected? ’ – Theme sponsored by Malaria Consortium
  • ‘Youth unemployment: what future? ’ – Theme sponsored by Plan UK

The entry deadline is 13 June 2011. For more information, visit this

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In the conviction that a strong, free press is essential to the healthy functioning of a democracy, the late Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, conceived a fellowship program that would both impart American journalistic traditions and respond to worldwide interest in the dissemination of fair and accurate news. It was Alfred Friendly’s belief that working side by side with reporters and editors is the best way to absorb the practical realities of journalism in this country and the instrumental role it plays in our society. Therefore, he created the program that bears his name to immerse approximately ten journalists each year for six months in American newsrooms. Since 1984 the ALFRED FRIENDLY PRESS FELLOWSHIPS (AFPF) has trained nearly 300 journalists from almost 80 countries.

In addition to the six month newsroom experience, the program works closely with home and host news organizations to create specific plans for the Fellows; offers specialized fellowships by topic (business, health, investigations, online, etc.) and region (Muslim world); and introduces Fellows to what is new and unique in American newsgathering and delivery. Our goal is to increase the level of effectiveness and excellence of the AFPF program in the 21st century and to broaden the impact of the program on countries that are working to understand press freedom.

Sharing the goals of AFPF, the Daniel Pearl Foundation ( partnered with AFPF in 2003 to offer special fellowships to honor the life and work of journalist Daniel Pearl – The Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002. Daniel Pearl Fellows – seven from Pakistan, three from Egypt and one each from Afghanistan, Nepal, Turkey and Yemen – have worked at The Berkshire Eagle/North Adams Transcript, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, ProPublica, San Francisco Chronicle and the Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC bureaus of The Wall Street Journal. Applicants for the DANIEL PEARL FELLOWSHIPS (DPF) come from areas that Daniel Pearl covered as a journalist – the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Daniel Pearl Fellows are also Friendly Fellows and participate in all fellowship activities. They may receive opportunities, not offered to other Friendly Fellows, in line with the mission of the Daniel Pearl Foundation – to encourage dialogue among people of different cultures, reduce cultural and religious tensions and create a platform for responsible and creative journalism. Fellows are required to work one week at a Jewish publication and participate in a public discussion, typically in Los Angeles where the Pearl family resides.

Program goals:

¨ To provide the Fellow with experience in reporting, writing, editing, and editorial decision-making that will enhance future professional performance;

¨ To expose the Fellow to the technological changes that are occurring in the industry;

¨ To enable the Fellow to gain a practical understanding of the function and significance of the free press in American society;

¨ To transfer knowledge gained on the program to colleagues at home;

¨ To foster continuing ties between free press institutions and journalists in the U.S. and their counterparts in other countries.

Criteria of eligibility:

¨ Current full-time employment as a journalist for the news or editorial departments of independent newspapers, magazines, wire services, or online publications of general public interest in a developing country or an emerging market;

¨ At least three years of full-time professional experience as a journalist in the print/online media;

¨ Citizenship of a developing country or an emerging market;

¨ Early to mid-career status and between 25 and 35 years old;

¨ A demonstrated personal commitment to a career in journalism in a developing country or an emerging market;

¨ Ability and desire to share what is learned on the fellowship with other journalists at home;

¨ Endorsement from the management of the home publication;

¨ An excellent command of both written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in English.

Due to requirements of reporting in the U.S., preference is given to applicants who are proficient in using computers and driving automobiles.

The fellowship program begins in March with a two-week orientation seminar in Washington, DC designed to prepare the Fellows – both personally and professionally – for the challenges of living and working in the United States. At the middle of the program, Fellows and staff come together for a week to attend seminars focused on writing, editing, multimedia reporting and investigative reporting/Computer Assisted Reporting. A final seminar in Washington reunites the Fellows and allows them to compare and evaluate their experiences and discuss their impressions of the American media. Fellows return to their home countries in early September to begin sharing their knowledge and skills with colleagues, editors and publishers in their home newsrooms.

The Fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic U.S. travel, health insurance and provides a monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses. It is highly recommended that Fellows bring additional money with them. While family members may visit for up to one month, they cannot accompany the Fellow for the duration of the Fellowship.

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