Together We Can Change Our World: Building Eu-Afri..
Together We Can Change Our World: Building Eu-Africa Leadership Pathways for the future
Start date: Dec 1, 2010,
The main objective of this project is to provide opportunities to develop the international leadership skills and experiences of existing youth leaders of national youth associations in Europe and Africa for their personal development and to build the capacity of their associations at all levels, and to promote the participation of young women in civil society. The project will not only develop these young leaders, but also equip them to mobilize the young people in their communities through community and advocacy projects to change the world around them and by raising awareness on the MDGs.The project will address the active role of women in society, youth involvement and contribution to the achievement of the MDGs, building strong civil society, as well as promote partnerships and democracy. WAGGGS will focus on several priorities including the participation of young people, and especially young women; promoting diversity and intercultural understanding and fostering partnerships.The project will be delivered through a series of activities that will involve young people in the preparation and implementation of all phases. After a first preparatory meeting in London, the project will continue through the development of national leadership actions in which the young people will conduct research and consultation actions that focus on their leadership skills as well as on female leadership in their association and country. Participants representing youth associations that have existing "North-South" partnerships will focus on the leadership aspects of these partnership projects. Once the young leaders have assessed the results of these actions, participants will network and exchange ideas on their national actions as well as identify the next steps to be taken to build their leadership pathways for the future. The needs identified by the participants will then be addressed during a high profile leadership training course that will take place in Burundi in September 2011. During the event participants will learn about gender equality and the impact that women can have at different levels of society. They will also look at the issues related to partnerships and the impact of partnerships. After the project, participants will work together in small groups in order to develop cooperative advocacy actions to promote female leadership in their associations and communities and develop follow-up advocacy and community projects dedicated to MDGs 3 and MDG 8.On their return home, the participants will be supported to implement these follow-up advocacy actions developed during the leadership course. They will also be encouraged to use different ways (internet, social networking pages, youth meetings, etc) to use the video to raise awareness on issues that they care about and raise awareness of the contribution young people can make towards the achievement of the MDGs through projects in their own and world communities.The main venue of the project will be Burundi where 26 participants from 13 European and 13 African countries will meet and work together to develop their international leadership and advocacy skills,gain a deeper understanding of MDGs 3 and 8, and develop follow-up advocacy and community projects.By the end of the project the Europe Region WAGGGS and the partner organisations will have trained 26 existing leaders and fostered their national capacity in the field of youth empowerment and development; exchanged practices and information on leadership in different countries and regions of the world and, in particular, analysed female leadership and strategic partnerships from a youth perspective; supported young women in becoming leaders and assuming decision-making positions; developed 20 training modules on female leadership and partnerships and assessed how international non-formal leadership programmes can be improved and multiplied in different WAGGGS member organizations; fostered Euro-African coope
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