Monthly Archives: February 2014

Register! Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project 2014 “Prep2Grad” Symposium

Prep2Grad Corrected FlyerThe 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,
• 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.

For more information, please contact Nsa on 08072024882, e-mail or visit

PASSNOWNOW.COM launches Nigeria’s First Comprehensive Mobile Learning App

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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.’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 Mobile App is available for download on phones from

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 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,

ABOUT PASSNOWNOW 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

Call for Membership Applications: Key Correspondent Network for Citizen Journalists

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 (, 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

DEADLINE EXTENDED:The World Conference on Youth 2014 Applications

Official logo of World Youth Conference 2014 unveiled
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:


  1. Realizing equal access to quality Education
  2. Full Employment and Entrepreneurship
  3. Poverty Eradication and Food Security
  4. Promoting Healthy Lives and Access to Health
  5. Environmental Protection, Emergency Preparedness and Youth Centered Urbanization
  6. Realizing peace, reconciliation and ending violence
  7. Ensuring inclusive recreation, sports and cultures

Cross Cutting issues

  1. Achieving good governance and accountability
  2. Inclusive Youth Participation at all levels
  3. Youth Rights
  4. Globalization & Access to Information Led-Development (MOI)
  5. Ending systemic inequalities
  6. Gender Equality
  7. Empowering marginalized youth including Most at Risk Young People

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 more information on how
to apply.

Deadline: March 2nd, 2014

VacancyAlert: Restless Development UK seeks Youth & Governance Advisor

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.

To apply for this role please download the application pack here and return your completed application form to by 6 pm (GMT) on Sunday 9th March 2014

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:2014 Vital Voices GROW Fellowship for women entrepreneurs

Photo: Attention women in the #MENA region: Vital Voices Global Partnership is currently accepting applicants for their 2014-2015 VV GROW Fellowship program, an innovative 1-year program that utilizes interactive online learning tools, in-person training, tailored technical assistance, and follow-on services to help WOMEN leading small-and medium-sized enterprises #SMEs grow! 

#MENA region applications due March 15!

Vital Voices identifies high potential yet underserved women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are on the cusp of growth as the “missing middle” in the global economy. Based on its experience with women business owners around the world, Vital Voices has launched the VV GROW Fellowship Program, a one-year competitive program to support growth-oriented women business owners to take their businesses and leadership to the next level. The program supports women-owned enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa, to set and achieve business growth goals with a unique blend of online learning, in-person training, and tailored support services.

VV GROW Fellows will gain knowledge and skills in the following topics:

  • Business Planning

Guides participants in validating their business growth goals and developing a plan to achieve those goals. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an actionable 3-5 year plan for business growth.

  • Leadership Training

Utilizes the Vital Voices Leadership Model to instill methods of building leadership skills to positively impact their business, employees and wider community.

  • Executive Financial Management

Equips participants with the skills and knowledge to analyze, manage, and supervise the finances of their business.

  • Networking for Business Professionals

Guides participants to create their personal brand and “elevator pitch” to promote their business and successfully utilize new connections.

  • Understanding Your Market

Guides participants in identifying key market opportunities such as expanding existing markets and accessing new ones.

The one-year program timeline consists of 4 components: 

  • A  competitive participant selection process and business needs assessment
  • Online preparatory sessions with Harvard Manage Mentor and Vital Voices advisors before the training, that guide program participants in drafting a business plan that they will refine throughout the training
  • A 4-day, in-person regional training
  • An opportunity to access follow-on services such as technical advising, webinars featuring technical experts, business to business opportunities, mentors, and small grants

Implemented at the regional level, the program is localized to ensure that the program is applicable to women business owners and the business environments in which they operate.

Who can apply?

Vital Voices is seeking applications from women business owners from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa,who:

  • Own a businesses that has been in operation for at least 3 years,
  • Employ at least 3 staff (including temporary and/or seasonal workers), and
  • Generate at least USD $40,000 in annual sales

As an interested applicant, you:

  • Are motivated to build the skills and make the changes needed to grow your business,
  • Are excited to participate in a one year program including on-line and in-person training and access to business growth opportunities, and
  • Recognize the value of and participate in the tracking of the growth of your business for up to 3 years through methods such as surveys, calls, or additional opportunities.

Deadline: March 15th 2014.

 For more information:visit, Vital Voices

Call for Entries:Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition 2014

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an exciting new opportunity to develop your innovative ideas and projects to create positive change in your community and the world. With support and feedback from peers around the world, you can turn your passion for a better world into reality.

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an international contest launched by The Goi Peace FoundationStiftung Entrepreneurship (Berlin) and UNESCO. The competition provides a global platform for young entrepreneurs who aspire to create positive change in their communities.

By highlighting the best examples of youth entrepreneurship, the competition aims to empower the young generation to take the initiative in social innovation and become pioneers in building a harmonious and sustainable society. With their innovative ideas and leadership, these global citizens will tackle some of the key challenges of today and offer a model of the entrepreneurial potential that will fuel our future.

All participants will receive free training at the online Entrepreneurship Campus. This training provides methods and techniques for developing ideas into solid business models, to turn a budding idea into a fully developed concept, or to improve on an existing business model.
A unique feature of the competition is its interactive website where entries will be posted from 1st November 2013, for online voting and feedback from the public until 31st July 2014. Through the competition process, youth entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to optimize their ideas and develop their enterprise by receiving comments and support from the global online community.

Grand Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and People’s Choice Prize winners will be selected in each of the following two categories:

  • Best Ideas Category: Innovative ideas and plans to be implemented (by the entrant or by others)
  • Best Projects Category: Already existing enterprise which has demonstrated social impact.

Winners of the competition will receive international recognition. The Grand Prize winners and the People’s Choice Prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony during the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin in October 2014. Here, they will present their ideas and activities to an international audience. By highlighting the best examples of youth entrepreneurship, the competition aims to empower the young generation to take the initiative in social innovation and become co-creators of sustainable communities around the world.

Who can enter:

You are eligible to enter, if:

  1. You are between the ages of 15 and 30


  2. You have an innovative idea for an enterprise which contributes to the sustainable development of your community, in a field such as:
    • the environment
    • education
    • health
    • poverty reduction
    • peace building
    • cultural diversity
    • sustainable energy
    • food security
    • sustainable trade
    • the elderly
    • empowerment of women and youth

    OR, You are operating such an enterprise in the form of a business, a non-profit organization, or an informal program


  3. You are able to submit your entries and make presentations in English.

Entry criteria:

  1. You are requested to submit your entries in one of the following two categories:
    • Best Ideas Category:
      Innovative ideas and plans for an enterprise (It must be a new and original idea yet to be fully implemented by the entrant or by others.)
    • Best Projects Category:
      Already existing enterprise which has demonstrated social impact
  2. Submissions from teams are welcome. However, the idea may only be submitted by one team member.
  3. You may submit more than one idea/project entry.
  4. You are welcome to enter ideas or projects which have won other prizes or competitions.

How to enter:

  1. First, sign up to become a registered member.
  2. Complete the entry form and submit it online. Entries may only be submitted in English.
    Entry form for ideas
    Entry form for projects
  3. Entries will be reviewed by the competition administrators, and only those that meet a certain standard and pass the preliminary screening will be nominated and published on the competition website. You will receive a message from us confirming that your entry has been nominated. If your entry does not pass the screening, you will have a chance to brush it up and submit it again.

Deadline for entries: June 30, 2014

Deadline for Entries: June 30th, 2014

For more information, Visit: Youth Competition

Call for Applications:2014/2015 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship


The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. The fellowship is designed for a woman journalist from anywhere in the world whose work in print, broadcast, or digital media has focused on human rights and social justice reporting. This seven month-long program will take her to Boston and New York to study at MIT’s Center for International Studies and work for U.S. media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Now in its 10th year, the fellowship was named for the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and The Boston Globe correspondent Elizabeth Neuffer, who was killed in Iraq in May 2003. Created with Elizabeth Neuffer’s family and friends, the program aims to perpetuate her memory and advance her life mission of promoting international understanding of human rights and social justice while creating an opportunity for women journalists to build their skills.
What is the fellowship?
The 10th Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship runs from September 2014 to March 2015. The fellow will be based at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a research associate during the research component of the fellowship, allowing the fellow to pursue academic research while improving her ability to cover human rights and social justice for The Boston GlobeThe New York Times, and other media outlets during the journalism portion of the fellowship. For more information, please click here.

Who are we looking for?
The IWMF is accepting applications from women journalists worldwide whose work focuses on human rights and who have a minimum of three years of experience in journalism. Female journalists working in the print, broadcast and online media, including freelancers, are eligible to apply. Competitive candidates must have excellent English skills.

Why should you apply?
“The fellowship helped me grow as a journalist because it gave me time to slow down and experiment with different areas within journalism, enabling me to really hone in on what it is that I most liked to do in journalism and where I had the most to offer.” – Catherine Elton, first Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow (2005/06)

How do you apply?
Download, fill out and return all application forms. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 11, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered. Please direct all application inquiries to IWMF Program Coordinator Ann Marie Valentine (+1 202-567-2609, send an email).

For more information: IWMF

Call for applications:2014 UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund

The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund will for the sixth year in a row provide grants to projects led by young people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter, secure tenure and risk rehabilitation. Small development initiatives are eligible for grants up to $25,000.

The Fund aims to assist youth-led organizations in designing and implementing projects that will contribute to sustainable urbanization in the developing world. Furthermore, the Fund seeks to gain insight from successful grassroots youth projects and create greater awareness of the need for youth mainstreaming in development policies and strategies.

This year’s call for proposals will pilot an interesting new component of the Urban Youth Fund focusing on empowerment and gender equality. Increased gender equality and the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women are essential for building equitable, sustainable and prosperous cities in line with the new urban agenda. This requires the involvement of young women and men in promoting gender equality to build the urban future we want.

UN-Habitat invites young people based in cities or towns from the developing world to apply for grants from the fund. The application will open from February 15 to April 15 2014. More information and details are available at


Globally, 85 per cent of the world’s young people live in developing countries, where they often comprise a large portion of their communities. An increasing number of young people around the world are growing up in cities – especially in the fast-growing cities of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. In many cities across the African continent, more than 70 per cent of inhabitants are under the age of 30. Yet these young people have few resources available to improve their own living environment. This is a major oversight as there are many youth-led initiatives in slums and squatter settlements in urgent need of financial support to develop their communities.

UN-Habitat embraces the belief that youth are a solution for sustainable urban development; the 21st session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council recognized this and proposed the fund with the objective to advance the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda.

The fund has so far awarded grants to 238 projects led by young people from all over the world.

In his message on International Model United Nations Conference Geneva, January 2014, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi stated that that it is necessary for the Youth to be involved in economic and social development.

“This is why we need you, the youngest generation the world has ever known, to partner with us in our work; Use your power as voters and as consumers, to lead positive change and build a sustainable and equitable future for all.”

For more information, Click here to apply

Call for applications:U.S. Department of State grants on International Sports Programming Initiative



Programme objectives
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.

Eligible countries

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