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Daily Bulletin--June 28

Daily Bulletin--June 28

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Africa on the Move!
Youth
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By NgasumaKanyekaThe giant of the world·s mostvibrant population segment,young people, have pushed forthintegration and empowermentthrough a continental widevolunteer corps training inMalabo, Equatorial Guinea,Young people with combinationof passion and dedication areequipped with skills andknowledge that instill the spiritof ubuntu, thus reinforcing thefact that Africa is the cradle of humanity.During the 3 weeks training, thetopics of discussion ranged fromconflict mediation, negotiatingspace in new culturesandcommunities through anintercultural communicationsession.The participants wereencourages to analyse situationsand find solutions to their communities through problemanalysis sessions.Additionally, they went througha personality test to help themunderstand themselves throughteam building exercises and roleplays.They have discussed ways howto engage, mobilise andpersuade others to buy into theidea that Africa can betransformed from its currentstate by grooming young leaderswho have an appreciation of thecontinents challenges and anunderstanding of the pragmaticsolutions.This group of inspiring,articulate and forward thinkingyoung people give way topromise of prosperity that can beattained, sustained andcelebrated for futuregenerations.When asked to describe whatthe training has been like one of the participants said,¶the training equipped me withthe right tinformation that can be used to develop us asindividuals, within localcommunities we live in at homeand hopefully the communitieswe will have the pleasure toservewhen we get deployed·
 
From South Africa to SaoTome, young people aged 15-35are eligible for the program byfilling in a form on www.africa-youth.org/auyvc or by beingnominated by their Governments.
www.africa-youth.org/auyvc
 
 lorem ipsum dolor issue, dateHe is at the 17th ordinaryAfrican Union Summit on¶·Accelerating YouthEmpowerment for SustainableDevelopment" in Malaborepresenting his country.Aguinaldo was inspired at ayoung age by his mother·s career in diplomacy that led him tochoose his own carrier path. Hischoice of career was inspired byhis desire to learn and interactwith people from diverse set of cultures and countries. He believes to change the situationof young people in Africa.Young people should actually bethe ones contributing tosolutions.In working, involvingand integrating in the system of the state, young people canmake a difference, he believes.Elaborating his point, heremarks that ¶· change comesfrom within«·· and if youngpeople want to make adifference in their situation, theyshould consider workingtowards integrating in to thesystem rather than fighting it.He also adds that young peopleshould practice self discipline inany level they are working,studying and volunteering .He seems to be pessimistic aboutthe outcome of the summittaking place here in Malabo.According to the youngdelegate, the best and desiredscenario would be for theleaders to come up with acompressive action plan but,he says, for reasons that theAfrican Union is facing afinancial problem the summitwill not be able to focus onyouth empowerment.As the regular contributorsfor the AU budget, Egyptand Libya, are faced withregime changes andinsecurity; they have not paidtheir due to the AfricanUnion. Evidently, many othe African Union member states are now focused moreon the urgent peace andsecurity issues of the continentrather than prioritizing thesummit·s
theme of youthempowerment and
development . All in all,
he
hopes and urges young people of Africa to work together with theAfrican union and member states to achieve the desired goalof youth development andempowerment.
 
Meet a YoungDelegate
By Eden YohannesYoseph
Aguinaldo Patrice Rosario Baptista 
is a 32year old second secretary at the embassy othe Republic of Angola to Ethiopia and theAfrican Union.

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