Monthly Archives: March 2013

P-A-R-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-E: Consultations on the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum!

Employability, Democracy and Sustainable Communities on top of the survey on the thematic agenda of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

For the first time in its 14-year history, the UNESCO Youth Forum is designed with young people. Through a series of online surveys and consultations, young women and men in all regions of the world can decide on the Forum’s thematic agenda, preparatory process, format and overall programme.

An integral part of UNESCO’s General Conference, the Youth Forum is a unique space allowing youth delegates from across the world to share their experiences, exchange ideas and submit their proposals to representatives of 195 UNESCO Member States, thereby contributing to the global debate on UNESCO’s strategic orientations on youth.

Phase 1 of the online consultation was successfully concluded allowing youth to identify the Forum’s thematic agenda!

From 14 to 24 February 2013, 1,895 young women and men across the world responded to the online Survey on the theme of the Forum, selecting two priority thematic areas between the 7 themes suggested.

Employability & Democracy and sustainable communities were the top two choices with respectively 515 respondents for the first one (majority in Europe and North America and in Africa) and 512 respondents for the second one (majority in the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean).

All detailed results of this survey will be available soon on this website!

It is now time to launch Phase 2! Participate by filling in the questionnaire available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C5J2CSD

From 13 March to 9 April 2013 you, women and men between 15 and 35 years old, will be able to contribute to:

  • Formulating the main theme of the Forum which should combine both thematic areas: Employability & Democracy and sustainable communities, in a more youth-friendly language.
  • Identifying innovative modalities of the Forum on the format (plenaries, thematic debates, working groups, capacity-building sessions, etc.) as well as on the outcome (recommendations, action projects, roadmap, network building, etc.).

 

For more information on the:

–       http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/youth/sv13/news/employability_democracy_and_sustainable_communities_on_top_of_the_survey_on_the_thematic_agenda_of_the_8th_unesco_youth_forum/

–       UNESCO Youth Forum: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/youth/youth-forums/

–       7th UNESCO Youth Forum (October 2011): http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/youth/youth-forums/7th-unesco-youth-forum/

The UNESCO Youth Programme

youth@unesco.org

 

Microsoft YouthSpark: A Push to Make Nigerian Graduates Employable

yspark“Are Nigeria graduates employable?” This question was asked when Microsoft launched the YouthSpark initiative to Nigeria Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday, 16th of March, 2013.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries over the next three years. This company-wide initiative includes Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and other company programs — both new and enhanced — empowering youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Through this, and as part of the commitments announced earlier this year through the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft is creating a platform for youth to learn leadership and life skills that aim to address youth unemployment caused by lack of skills, a key factor hindering economic growth in Africa. This effort is put together  by Microsoft Nigeria in partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the largest gathering of youth in Nigeria; Mind the Gap, a job creation, employability and social entrepreneurship incubation program; and Future Enterprise Support Scheme, an online community where young people can share knowledge, ideas, tips and resources.

YouthSpark is closely aligned to the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, a new investment aimed at helping Africa improve its global competitiveness, which was announced in Lagos in February 2013. By 2016, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring  one million African small and medium enterprises online, up-skill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop skills for employability –  75 percent of which Microsoft will help place in jobs. This new commitment through YouthSpark in Nigeria will contribute significantly toward delivering on these goals.

Other YouthSpark programs, all of which are available today in Nigeria, include: Partners Network, Academy, DreamSpark, Imagine Cup, and BizSpark. A full list of Microsoft YouthSpark programs can be found at the YouthSpark Hub.

Culled  from: OTEKBITS

Call for Applications: The Humphrey Fellowship Program 2013

HumphreyThe Humphrey Fellowship Program is  now open for applications. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, then the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is non-degree program for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. The Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences.

Benefits

During the year, Fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the Program encourages Fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers.

Eligibility

  • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
  • A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of public service in the community
  • English language ability

Fellowship Benefits

The Fellowship provides for:

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • Accident and sickness coverage;
  • A book allowance;
  • A one-time computer subsidy;
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.

Timeline for the Program

Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. Fellowships are announced in March the following year and Humphrey Fellows start their program in the U.S. between April and September of the same year, depending on the amount of English language training required. The Program ends the following June. Fellows with inadequate TOEFL scores may be required to attend intensive English language training before the start of their Fellowship.

Note: Application deadlines vary by country. The nominating U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission will advise you of its internal deadline for receiving applications.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline: October 1, 2013

P-A-R-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-E: Consultations on the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum!

unescoEmployability, Democracy and Sustainable Communities on top of the survey on the thematic agenda of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

For the first time in its 14-year history, the UNESCO Youth Forum is designed with young people. Through a series of online surveys and consultations, young women and men in all regions of the world can decide on the Forum’s thematic agenda, preparatory process, format and overall programme.

An integral part of UNESCO’s General Conference, the Youth Forum is a unique space allowing youth delegates from across the world to share their experiences, exchange ideas and submit their proposals to representatives of 195 UNESCO Member States, thereby contributing to the global debate on UNESCO’s strategic orientations on youth.

Phase 1 of the online consultation was successfully concluded allowing youth to identify the Forum’s thematic agenda!

From 14 to 24 February 2013, 1,895 young women and men across the world responded to the online Survey on the theme of the Forum, selecting two priority thematic areas between the 7 themes suggested.

Employability & Democracy and sustainable communities were the top two choices with respectively 515 respondents for the first one (majority in Europe and North America and in Africa) and 512 respondents for the second one (majority in the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean).

All detailed results of this survey will be available soon on this website!

It is now time to launch Phase 2! Participate by filling in the questionnaire available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C5J2CSD

From 13 March to 9 April 2013 you, women and men between 15 and 35 years old, will be able to contribute to:

  • Formulating the main theme of the Forum which should combine both thematic areas: Employability & Democracy and sustainable communities, in a more youth-friendly language.
  • Identifying innovative modalities of the Forum on the format (plenaries, thematic debates, working groups, capacity-building sessions, etc.) as well as on the outcome (recommendations, action projects, roadmap, network building, etc.).

 

For more information on the:

–       http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/youth/sv13/news/employability_democracy_and_sustainable_communities_on_top_of_the_survey_on_the_thematic_agenda_of_the_8th_unesco_youth_forum/

–       UNESCO Youth Forum: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/youth/youth-forums/

–       7th UNESCO Youth Forum (October 2011): http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/youth/youth-forums/7th-unesco-youth-forum/

The UNESCO Youth Programme

youth@unesco.org

Call for Applications: Atlas Corps Global Fellowship Programme

AtlasCorpsLogoThe Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month professional fellowship offered three times a year for nonprofit leaders from around the world. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations located either in the United States or Latin America working on issues that complement their expertise. Fellows develop their leadership skills while sharing best practices and supplement daily knowledge with theoretical topics presented in the Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series.

About Atlas Corps:

Atlas Corps is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers .

 

To become an Atlas Corps Fellow:Click- Atlas Corps Website

WIMBIZ brings “Winning Without Compromise” to the University of Calabar!

WIMBIZ LOGOWomen in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a female focused Nigeria based non-governmental organization established by 14 individuals in 2002. Our vision is “to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building” in Nigeria. This vision derives from our concerns about gender inequalities in the workplace and businesses and we have promoted our vision through various initiatives such as – lectures, conferences, mentoring, training, outreaches to mention a few – at which women meet other women to dialogue on issues that militates against women achieving their full potential.

Our Campus outreach program themed “Winning Without Compromise” (WIWIC) is one of the major initiative through which WIMBIZ has achieved its goals and objectives. One of the main focus of this programme is to prepare undergraduates on workplace balance, business and health issues by challenging them at an interactive session to unveil, discuss and resolve their expectations, opportunities and/or fears. We have held this programme in five campuses namely: The University of Lagos, Lagos State University, University of Port Harcourt, University of Abuja and the University of Ibadan. This year we have chosen the University of Calabar and we intend to target young undergraduates of higher institutions.

Our previous outreach programme has attracted well over a thousand female and male students from specific and surrounding tertiary institutions. Our facilitators are drawn from our pool of WIMBIZ mentors, associates and seasoned facilitators who would walk the participants through their experiences and hopefully pass onto them the rules of survival in our society and the need to be more accountable for their actions.

WIWIC Flier - March 21Our  speakers for the event are:

  • Personal Branding  – Julia Oku-Jacks – Head Corporate Communication, Moni Pulo Limited and WIMBIZ Board of Trustee.
  • Pathway to personal accountability and financing – Aishah Ahmad – Head, High Networth Individuals, Stanbic IBTC Bank, WIMBIZ Executive Council Member
  • Leadership and Inculcating a Reading Habit – Koko Kalango – Founder, Rainbow Bookclub
  • Relationship and Networking  –  Toyosi Akerele – Managing Director, Rise Networks
  • Societal/Peer Pressure  –  Kate Henshaw – Nollywood Actress
  • Health and Youth Risk – Bisola Onajin-Obembe- Lecturer, University of Port Harcourt
  • Career Choices and Corporate Engagement 

Date: Friday, April 12th ,2013

Venue: UNICAL International Conference Centre, (New NAT), University of Calabar (UNICAL), Calabar, Nigeria

Time: 12 n00n

PARTICIPATION IS FREE!!!

However,this is a pre-registered event; To register, text  YES and your NAME &  to  07038478577

For more information;please visit http://www.wimbiz.org and or e-mail wimbiz@wimbiz.org

For registration inquiries,SMS or Call:  07038478577

For further information; Call : 08034946249, 08035946249

Call for Nominations: African Teacher of the Year Award

ala logoThe  African Leadership Academy is pleased to announce the inaugural “African Teacher of the Year Award” to celebrate teaching excellence on the African continent. The final 3 shortlisted finalists will be honored at a gala dinner in Johannesburg in October in front of media, the headmasters of 100 of the leading schools in Africa, and other dignitaries.

The winner of the award will also win a cash prize of $10,000!!

Do you know of an outstanding African secondary school teacher,from any country and in any subject, that deserves this award? If so, we encourage you to nominate them now!

Each and every one of us has been inspired by at least one teacher in our lives – this is your chance to recognize the teachers who changed your life!

Please send in your nominations by March 31st to teacheroftheyear@africanleadershipacademy.org

 

Call for Applications: Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship 2013

smf-logo-Join a unique global fellowship to design a resource efficient economy

Students applying to Cranfield University for 2013/14 are invited to apply for a unique global Fellowshipprogramme led by the Ellen MacArthur and Schmidt Family Foundations. The Fellowship will develop a new generation of business leaders equipped with the tools and innovative thinking to map out a resource efficient world economy. Ellen MacArthur said: “This partnership is built on creativity, innovation, opportunities and involves the world’s most forward-thinking universities. We are thrilled to launch this programme, and are convinced it will play a key role in helping rethink the future.” Cranfield University, Imperial College London and the London Business School form the core partners which, working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, have developed the Fellowship programme, in response to growing interest around the circular economy. The circular economy is regenerative, where waste is designed out of the system. Goods are designed using biological materials that can re-enter the biosphere safely, or technical materials that can be ‘metabolised’ elsewhere in the economy. Read more here.

Student benefits

One student from each partner university around the world will benefit from an all-expenses paid London summer school in June 2013 (accompanied by academic mentors) before starting their postgraduate course in October 2013 that will include a circular economy thesis project in the 13/14 academic year. Fellows will also explore new concepts and discuss their implementation with the Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 – a business alliance sharing best practice on the circular economy. With a strong history of world-class innovation in the practicalities of creative design, environmental engineering and business management, Cranfield is the ideal choice for evolving your own ideas on the circular economy.  Cranfield applicants for the scheme will benefit from a fully funded Cranfield bursary to cover fees, and an additional £2k bursary from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on completion of the thesis project.

Apply today!

The deadline for applications is 16 April so apply today! Application is via the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website  where there is detailed information on the Fellowship and the circular economy. Please note you will need to:

  • Have a confirmed and accepted place on a relevant Cranfield course
  • Provide evidence of the support of an academic mentor at Cranfield

Courses available

Apply online for one of the relevant Cranfield courses today and speak to your Admissions Tutor now to discuss your ideas on encouraging the circular economy and how to apply. The deadline for applications is April 16. Courses include: Design 

Environment Please see our list of relevant environment courses Management 

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Call for Applications: Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women 2013

kclondonThe Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women  bring together African women at the early stages of their career to undertake a carefully designed training programme in Leadership, Development and Security at the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King’s College London. The Fellowship programme is designed to expose young professional African women to the complexities of conflict, security and development and equip them for careers in this field. The programme is conceived against a number of background factors. First is the comparatively low level of women involved in peace and security issues especially as compared with those involved in human rights and development issues. Second is the need to assist African women to meet the demands of the Beijing process and more recently the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for the inclusion of women at all decision making levels in “all national regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts”. This Fellowship programme is aimed at challenging the existing tendency that seems to reinforce the male dominant discourse on conflict and security related matters. It will also develop a network of African women scholars working in the field whilst linking them with the peace, security and development mechanisms of African regional institutions. They are funded by the Open Society Institute and the African Women’s Development Fund.

The Fellowships comprise of two six-month phases. During the first six-month phase at the ALC in Nairobi and King’s College London, the Fellows undertake full-time study of MA-level courses in leadership, security and development that are jointly developed by the ALC and King’s College London. The Fellows also have mentoring sessions on leadership, development and peace and security, delivered by a global network of renowned experts on these issues. They will study and visit various global institutions working in the field of peace and security. This phase will end with a simulation seminar during which a mock conflict management situation will be practiced. The second phase will be an attachment of Fellows to an African regional organisation, research institution or centre of excellence to undertake practical work in the field of leadership, peace and security including peace and conflict management processes.

Details about eligibility, funding and terms of conditions for the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women can be found here.

Apply! The Anzisha prize for African Entrepreneurs

anzisha logoAfrica’s future will be determined by entrepreneurial leaders across all sectors. There is a transformative role that youth-lead change can and will have on the African continent.

The Anzisha Prize is the premier award for African entrepreneurs aged 15-22 who have developed and implemented innovative businesses or solutions that have a positive impact on their communities. Finalists will travel to South Africa for a weeklong entrepreneurial conference and stand to collectively win $75,000 in cash prizes, as well as access to lifelong mentorship that can be provided by Anzisha Prize’s vast network of individual partners, organizations, and youth leaders.

The Anzisha Prize is an initiative of the African Leadership Academy’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation.

There are many ways to participate in the Anzisha Prize. Please browse our website and join our movement to encourage and catalyse youth entrepreneurship and leadership across Africa. (http://www.anzishaprize.org/apply/)