Monthly Archives: February 2014
The Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is pleased to announce the 2014 edition of its flagship programme, “Prep2Grad Symposium”. Being the third in the series, the 2014 edition is scheduled to hold on Friday, March 21st 2014 at the Centre for Continuing Education (CES Auditorium), University of Calabar, Calabar.
The “Prep2Grad” Symposiums seeks to inspire and equip young people, engaging them to plan for their graduation from school. The Symposium provides a sounding board for young Nigerians who are at the verge of graduating from Secondary Schools and Universities to learn from their peers who have accomplished successes in their chosen fields of business and their careers.
The theme for the 2014 edition is: “Learning the Ropes” and will be facilitated by:
• Lizzy Ekpenyong- Fabian, CEO, Lizzy’s Beauty Touch
• Ukemeobong Umoh, CEO, UK Sally Resources
• Aniekan Ekah, Blogger/CEO, Wetinhappen.com.ng
• Last Prophet, CEO, Laffhouse Entertainment
This is a pre-registered event, to register for the event: Text your NAME & Prep2Grad2014 to 07038478577
About Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project: The Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is a capacity development organization that is committed to inspiring, investing, engaging and facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives. We ignite young people to set career goals and walk them through the achievement of such goals enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.
The Second Edition of the Social Media Week Lagos which hosted Africa’s largest Social Media gathering has just rounded up in the past week. Passnownow.com’s “How Nigerian Secondary School Students are going digital” which was the only Education Focused Event will surely be remembered as one of the highest points of the 2014 Social Media Week in Lagos.
Nigeria’s First comprehensive E-Learning Community App for Teens and Secondary School Students was unveilied at the Event and it contains Daily Class work Notes from JSS1 – SSS3 on all subjects, Exams Revisions and Past Questions, A Chat Room, A School Forum, News on Sports, Entertainment, Tech, Sex Education and more. You can also download the Passnownow Mobile Application App on your Mobile Phones now. The Passnownow.com Mobile App is available for download on phones from Passnownow.com.
Some of the special guests that attended the event include Mr. Obi Asika – CEO, Storm Records and Chairman of Social Media Week Lagos, Mrs. Yemi Keri – MD, Edo State Information Communications and Technology Agency, Ms. Ajibade Oluwatosin – Blogger (Olorisupergal), Ms. Nnodim Blossom – Curator, Blcompere, Mr. Bolade Oyekanmi – Digital Marketing and Mobile Content Manager, Samsung West Africa
In her opening remarks, the Program Moderator – Ms. Modupe Olateju, Founder/CEO, The Education Partnership Centre, shared her perspectives on Education in Nigeria and the need to adopt technology to foster learning.
In relaying how Nigerian Secondary School Students are moving to Digital, Mr. Stanley Muoneke – Business Development Director, Intel West Africa, spoke on the need to integrate Technology and Education to foster Learning in our Secondary schools.
Mrs. Roseline Ilori, Country Manager, MTECH Communications took time to drive home the need for Private sector support for E-Learning Initiatives and how its sustainability goes a long way in affecting the overall outcome of such initiatives. She also emphasized the need for parents to improve their knowledge of the usage of technology as it concerns learning, in order to curtail their wards from turning their learning devices into negative influence.
In addition to what Mrs. Roseline Ilori said, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo – Director, Corona Schools spoke to the need for Teachers in Secondary Schools to familiarize themselves with new Technology hardware and software to aid them in effectively teaching their Students.
She also posited that education should not be taught in schools as a subject or discipline, but should be wielded as a tool to develop both the environment and the human mind.
Mr. Bambo Bashorun – Director of I.C.T, Osun State Government represented by Mr. Sam Omoruyi of Phillips Consulting pointed out the success the Osun State Government has recorded with the Opon Imo initiative. He went further to explain how the tablet was specified to suite the primary and only purpose for which it was initiated.
Toyosi Akerele, CEO Rise Networks, the creators of Passnownow closed the Sessions by thanking all who attended stating that the strong belief of the Passnownow.com Team is that the future of Education is Mobile and children do not have to be confined to physical spaces for effective learning. Beyond that, Technology is a leveler and should be seen as a complimentary tool for the revitalization of Nigeria’s Education Sector.
For more infomation,contact: Omotuyi Akinbobola,Communications Executive, firstname.lastname@example.org
PASSNOWNOW.com is Nigeria’s prime Learning based social Community that employs contemporary solutions and innovation to teach, engage, entertain and empower Young people growing from Teenage into early adulthood.
Creativity has been identified as a potential tool for progress and thus education should focus on developing the creative potential of students rather than “educating them out of their creativity” because Education that tolerates Ignorance is no Education at all.
Our aim is to set young people up for excellent results in Tests and Exams, foster real time useful learning and discussions as a lifelong habit and restore the glory of Nigerian Education. PASSNOWNOW.COM is owned by RISENETWORKS.ORG
RISE Networks is a Leading Social Enterprise with a deliberate interest in Technology and its relevance to Youth and Education Development across Africa. Our Operational Framework embodies 4 inter-related delivery channels which include Youth and Education Development hinged on Innovation and Technology, Capacity Building on Youth Inclusion, Job Access and Thought Leadership, Product Based Research, Content Creation, Sharing and Management and Project Management and Consulting Responsibilities along the lines of our core areas of expertise
The Key Correspondents network is made of citizen journalists who are
passionate about sharing their views, experiences, and important issues
with a broad audience. The network aims to influence HIV and broader health
policy, programming and financing at a local, national and international
level. Our citizen journalists come from diverse backgrounds and include
representatives from marginalised groups most at risk of HIV and people
living with HIV, to report the HIV, health and human rights stories that
matter to them.
The Key Correspondents network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS
Alliance (http://www.aidsalliance.org/homepagedetails.aspx?id=1), which
assists with mentoring, training and opportunities for citizen journalists
to be more widely heard.
New applications for membership of the Key Correspondents network will be
reviewed annually in March. But please note that, in 2014, they will not be
recruiting from the following countries, where they already have a large
number of correspondents: Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
And to apply they need to fill out the online application form:
KCs would be asked to sign a KC agreement that outlines the role and
responsibilities of both the Alliance and the KC.
Benefits for people who join the Key Correspondents network include:
– The opportunity to speak out about the issues where they want to see
change and have their voices heard by an international audience via the KC
website and social media. Also, support for pitching their stories to
local, national and regional media outlets.
– Membership of the network helps build KCs individual reputation as a
specialist in the field of HIV. The KC team has relationships with
international media outlets and if the stories are good enough we pitch
them to these outlets which, although not paid, increases the exposure of
KCs at the international level and potentially could lead to paid work. Of
course, this depends on how much the individual engages with the network
and delivers quality stories. For example I recently put forward one KC for
a paid reporting position with Aidspan and he was successful. But I would
emphasize that this does not happen regularly.
– Mentoring to help build skills in journalism, including news writing,
blogging, social media and photography. At a minimum this will mean access
to the new training manual and distance learning via email with the KC
editor who will provide feedback and guidance on their stories, plus on the
exercises in the training guide:
– There will also be opportunities for KCs to apply for our 4-5 day
training workshops, usually held once a year in either Africa or Asia. If
successful all their costs are covered, including flight and accommodation.
– Opportunities to apply for funding to attend international
conferences. Last year we supported two KCs to attend the Women Deliver
conference in Malaysia, two KCs to attend ICASA in South Africa, and six
KCs to attend the International Conference on Family Planning in Ethiopia.
– The KC team also keeps its members informed of scholarship
opportunities with other organisations and provides letters of support on
request. Also, as a member of the network KCs are eligible to apply for
free media registration at international conferences.
– Throughout the year we commission around ten stories for key media
moments. All KCs are invited to pitch their ideas for stories at these key
For more information:click Here
Applications are now open to become a Youth Delegate at the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka – May 6-10, 2014.
The World Conference on Youth 2014 (WCY) in Sri Lanka presents a unique opportunity for Member States, young people, and other relevant stakeholders to come together to discuss the role of youth in formulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda and integrate the youth voice into the process. Unlike previous intergovernmental youth conferences, where the ministerial portion and the youth portion where separate and distinct, the WCY in Sri Lanka hopes to produce a joint outcome document that represents a policy consensus between Governments and young people. The legitimacy of this conference is rooted in the fact that the entire process is youth-guided. The Government of Sri Lanka is collaborating with an International Youth Task Force (IYTF) that is composed of ten international members and ten Sri Lankan youth. Together, the IYTF and the Government of Sri Lanka are setting the agenda of the conference, ensuring the diversity of youth participants, and preparing the consultation process.
The recently agreed “Policies and programmes involving youth” (A/C.3/68/L.10.Rev.1) welcomed the conference hosted by Sri Lanka and “…urge[d] Member States and UN entities in consultation with youth-led organizations to explore new avenues to promote full, effective, structured, and sustainable participation of young people and youth-led organizations in relevant decision making processes including in designing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives and in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.” This conference is the perfect moment to fulfill that call.
Suggested themes and cross cutting issues
The IYTF and the National Steering Committee, in addressing the overarching theme of the conference “Strengthening youth in decision making processes in the development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda,” have suggested the following clusters of areas to help guide the discussions:
Cross Cutting issues
Objectives of the World Conference on Youth 2014
- To create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
- To share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and its implementation
- To facilitate a process that increases awareness on and implementation of the World Programme for Action on Youth (WPAY)
- To facilitate effective partnerships with youth, youth-led organisations and youth movements to further strengthen inclusive youth participation in the decision-making processes and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda
- To contribute to the establishment of a permanent youth engagement mechanism that ensures consistent follow- up with young people and further boosts their participation and partnership in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda at national, regional and global levels.
Opportunities for Participation
Young people will constitute the core participants at the conference. Out of the 1500 expected participants, 750 of them will be youth. Regard will be given to gender, diversity of background, and region.150 delegate spots have been set aside for young people from the
For more information, visit http://wcy2014.com/for more information on how
Deadline: March 2nd, 2014
Are you from the Global South and have an active interest and experience in governance and the role of young people?
Restless Development is looking for a young volunteer to advise our Global Policy & Practice Unit on the development of our strategy and other aspects of our governance recommendations. This is a great opportunity to use your experience to assist a global development agency to develop our policy asks on youth and governance for the coming crucial year in the development of the Post-2015 framework, and to gain more experience and expertise on the topic and global policy making processes.
About Restless Development:
The youth-led development agency
Young people are most affected by the most persistent problems in the world, yet are frequently overlooked as part of the solution. Our mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Our strength comes from being led by young people and young professionals, from the boardroom right through to the field. We have been working hard since 1985 and over the past 27 years, our programmes have reached over 7 million young people. Restless Development works full-time in India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We also have international offices in London and Delhi. Restless Development is now leading efforts with UN agencies, bi-lateral agencies, civil society and governments in Africa and South Asia in how to effectively and meaningfully engage young people in development.
For more information,visit: Restless Development
Call for applications:U.S. Department of State grants on International Sports Programming Initiative
Public and private non-profit organisations may submit proposals for exchange projects designed to reach underserved youth and/or their coaches/sport administrators who manage youth sport programmes. These exchanges between the United States and select countries will be either reciprocal or one-way, and will employ sport to address specific themes. Eligible themes are: sport and social change, sport and health and sport and disability.
The SportsUnited: International Sports Programming Initiative uses sport to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity. The focus of all programmes must be on both male and female youth ages 7-17 and/or their coaches/sport administrators. Programmes designed to train elite athletes or coaches are ineligible.
Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia (one-way exchange in Ethiopia), Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania
East Asia and the Pacific: Australia (Northern Territories focused on aboriginal populations), Burma, Peoples Republic of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand
Europe and Eurasia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Russia and Turkey
Near East and North Africa: Algeria, Israel, Jordan and West Bank/Gaza
South and Central Asia: India, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
Western Hemisphere: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela