INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020 : “YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN ACHIEVING GLOBAL GOALS”. August 11th – 12th, 2020, DAR ES SALAAM

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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020 SUMMARY REPORT THEME: “YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN ACHIEVING GLOBAL GOALS”. AUGUST 11TH - 12TH, 2020, DAR ES SALAAM

1. INTRODUCTION:

In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by The World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youths (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. 

International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. The commemorations takes the form of a podcast-style discussion that is hosted by youth for youth, together with independently organized commemorations around the world that recognize the importance of youth participation in political, economic and social life.

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The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

In Tanzania, Global Peace Foundation Tanzania in collaboration with Africa-Asia Youth Foundation Tanzania Chapter, Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania, Global Network of Religion and Children – GNRC, African Youth Transformation – AYT, International Youth Foundation – IYF, Tanzania Youth Vision Association – TYVA, Salama Foundation, Youth for Change Tanzania, Liberty Sparks, and Africa Youth Adolescent Network – AfriYAN, have jointly commemorated International Youth Day 2020 by convening a virtual dialogue and public youth dialogue with the theme; Youth Engagements in achieving global goals.

Objectives of these commemorations include:-

  •  To stimulate the positivity of youth to gain more courage and rethink of new strategies to move forward after the pandemic.
  • To raise youth voices on cross-cutting issues that needs to be addressed
  • To share experience and ideas among youths who are doing transformative initiatives which address social challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Reflecting youth engagement and involvement in global actions.

2. IYD 2020 YOUTH DIALOGUE
2.1.Introduction

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The public dialogue was held on August 12th, 2020 at Global Peace Foundation Tanzania, Mikocheni Dar es Salaam from 09:00am to 01:30pm, bringing together 167 people from different youth groups, people living with disabilities (PLWDs), CSOs and universities with the theme; Youth engagement in achieving Global Goals, focusing on Youth Civic Pacification, Youth Skills and Economic Empowerment, Health and Peace  Building. 

This public dialogue was moderated by Mr. Kelvin EdwardGeneral Secretary of YUNA Tanzania and he ensured that everyone feels part of the forum by having an engaging and systematic session.

2.2.Welcome Remarks

This youth Virtual session was officiated by Ms. Petrider Paul, a Member of Advisor Council in the African Union Youth Envoy Office. On her opening remarks, she addressed that, “International Youth Day is an important day to reflect youth achievements, spotlight challenges and amplify youth voices which will help address challenges and create favourable environment for youths. I commend you all to use this platform effectively so that together we come up with tangible resolutions as way forward if our efforts on changes we want to see”.

2.3.Opening Remarks

The first panellist was Mr. Goodluck William, Head of Finance, and United Nations Association – UNA. He discussed about Youth Economic empowerment, starting with how UNA has been advocating for improved legal frameworks which will ensure a smooth environment for youths to employ themselves in informal sector as well as getting government support through youth funds provided in the Municipal Levels.

The second panellist was Mr. Yusuph Bwango, Head of Lobbying, Advocacy and Networking (LAN) of Tanzania Youth Vision Association – TYVA. He intensively presented the work of TYVA in youth empowerment, policy advocacy and capacity building programs which adds more youths skills and promote entrepreneurship. “TYVA as a youth-led member based organization is committed to empower youths and create enabling environment for amplifying youth voices in Civic Participation and Good Governance“.

The third panellist was Ms. Jennifer Kayombo, a Youth Advocate of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights from Africa Youth Adolescent Network – AfriYAN. “We should stop advocating youth engagement, rather, telling them how we want them to engage us. I think in Tanzania, we really need to have a National Youth Council which will provide a free platform to raise our concerns and make our voices heard. Also, in international organizations, we highly need to have youth advisory boards so as to give them what is our issues they focus on”.

The fourth presentation was shared by Mr. Arafat Bakir, a Youth Engagement Officer and SDGs Champion at International Youth Foundation. The presentation was based on the need to eliminate graduates skills mismatch in reflection with IYF efforts to empower youth skills for decent works and employment. “As we celebrate international youth day, lets strive to shapen our skills and innovation capacity so that we effectively participate in building the future we want to see”.

Mr. Acho Gerald Anji is a Director of Arigato International (a partner of GNRC Tanzania) based in Kenya. He joined the discussion and shared his experience working on empowering youth to become peace ambassadors through an intensive training in Nairobi. “We cannot be given opportunities because we are young people. We need to be competitive, have determination to bring change and have passion to make transformation in our communities. Let’s build our capacities and go for opportunities”.

The sixth presentation was provided by Ms. Irene Ishengoma, a program coordinator from Global Peace Foundation Tanzania. She shared the work of GPF Tanzania in empowering youth to become peace ambassadors. “We have been working closely to empower youth in leadership, peace building, entrepreneurship and inclusion of people living with disabilities. I call for all of us, to make sure that, we work together with PWLDs so that we leave no one behind. Youths have a great role to play in achievement of Global Goals by 2030 if they actively participate to transform communities and maintain peace”.

2.2.Open Floor Discussion

During the open flow discussion, youths highly recommended that youths organizations should join efforts and merge their action plans so as to have joint strategies in reaching the grass-root communities and disseminate more education about the 17 world challenges as well as providing guidance of interventions. Also, the issue of transforming the education obtained from schools and universities so that they have impact to the communities in a voluntary basis instead of waiting employment. Moreover, youths suggested that, there should be more enabling environment for youths who wants to initiate start-ups and small entrepreneurship by facilitating and reducing unnecessary barriers. Training institutions should prepare graduates to be innovators and producers of most local consumed products; while more efforts should be put in place to ensure youth participation decision making process.

Generally, the session was very engaging and solution oriented as it provided enough opportunity to reflect challenges, obstacles and provide solutions which will motivate youth participation in achievement of global goals by 2030.

NB: The whole virtual conversations can be accessed through a link: https://youtu.be/55s8N5COWqA

3. IYD 2020 PUBLIC DIALOGUE

3.1. Introduction

The public dialogue was held on August 12th, 2020 at Global Peace Foundation Tanzania, Mikocheni Dar es Salaam from 09:00am to 01:30pm, bringing together 167 people from different youth groups, people living with disabilities (PLWDs), CSOs and universities with the theme; Youth engagement in achieving Global Goals, focusing on Youth Civic Pacification, Youth Skills and Economic Empowerment, Health and Peace Building.

This public dialogue was moderated by Mr. Kelvin EdwardGeneral Secretary of YUNA Tanzania and he ensured that everyone feels part of the forum by having an engaging and systematic session.

3.2. Welcoming Remarks

The welcoming remarks were provided by Mrs. Martha Nghambi, Country Director of Global Peace Foundation Tanzania. On her opening remarks, she provided a brief work of Global Peace Foundation Tanzania works in promotion of Peace and youth empowerment in peace building and provided some important tips of International Youth Day. “As we celebrate International Peace Day, I remind youths of Tanzania to ensure their active participation in promoting peace especially at this time of Tanzania General Election process“.

Joining through a mobile phone call, Mrs. Stella Vuzo, the United Nations Information Center’s Officer, provided the greetings of UN system Tanzania and acknowledged the efforts of youths organizations to commemorate this important day. “The UN supports you in this day. The UN has been doing a lot of initiatives to incorporate youth Voices through the UN youth Envoy Office and World Federation of UN Associations. I highly encourage young people to engage with the UN, grab opportunities which are released and come up with different programs which can be done with the UN to address social challenges“.

Mr. Kala Jeremiah, a Youth Activist and Bongo Flava artist attended the event and was given a privilege to talk to youth. He used his daring experience to motivate young people who have dreams so as to stick on it and make it happen. “We cannot reach global goals if we don’t have individual life goals. Let everyone set his goals, link with the society and make change. Just start where you are, start with what you have, start today and make a history in your community. For me, development is all about touching the lives of people, being part of change“.

3.3. Opening Remarks

The guest of honor in this event was Mr. Zefania Masalida, a Dar es Salaam Regional Youth Officer. On this event, he appreciated the commitment and good work of organizers of the event. He further addressed the Government efforts in empowering youths from skills to the economic aspect. “The government is providing free education from primary to secondary level as well as providing University loans so as to provide more chances to youth to education; moreover, through the youth development fund of 4% of each municipal financial collections, youths have been getting an opportunity to get interest-free loans for business startups and entrepreneurship initiatives. However, that’s not enough, I understand that more efforts has to be done to empower youth and create inclusion. Through this dialogue, I expect to get your voices and recommendations on where we can intervene and create more favorable environments for youths“.

3.4. Panel Discussion 1

The first panel discussion was moderated by Ms. Sumaiya Kareem, a member of Activists Tanzania and Student at University of Dar es Salaam. The panel discussion focused on three major aspects: health, youth skills and youth economic empowerment. The discussion started with presentation from panellists and later an open flow discussion of participants.

Mr. Shadrack Msuya, Director of Salama Foundation was the first discussant in the panel discussion. Apart from feeling on what they do in Salama Foundation, he stressed his presentation on Health Sector. “HIV among adolescence is 40% and among them 80% are girls (15years – 24years). Condom use at last sex is low and teenage pregnancy is high and as a result, when it comes to economic multiplier, the productive working age are distorted to reach the highest peak of middle economy in our country. If we invest more in younger generation health, we can reach the targeted national vision even before 2025. As we celebrate IYD2020, I highly recommend youths to regular check their health’s statuses, observe Sexual Reproductive Health and the government should incorporate this education in the curriculum to ensure that students get helpful education for their health’s and lives“.

Mr. Arafat Bakir is a Youth Engagement Officer and SDGs Champion at International Youth Foundation – IYF. He was the second discussant, and he stressed his presentation on issues of Youths skills and Decent works. “At IYF we have been running programs which add skills and sharpen their employability skills. It is very clear that our education does not provide sufficient skills to graduates so as to match with employment competitiveness and job market. Together with the need to the government to review the education curriculums so as to eliminate skills miss-match, I highly recommend that young people should be ready to volunteer in various youth voices so as to get work experience and gain more trust“.

Ms. Godfrida Magubo, Communication and Advocacy officer at United Nations Association – UNA was the 3rd panel discussant. She addressed in detail about the work of UNA in implementation of SDGs and advocacy of legal frameworks which can ensure a smooth environment for youths of Tanzania through engaging with decision making organs such as parliamentary youth group and focused parliamentary group on SDGs. “Youths is the largest group of people in our county and other African countries. Any efforts taken by decision making organs should focus on solving challenges faced by youths and creating Sustainable solutions. We must ensure that our voices are heard and considered“.

The fourth panellist was Mr. Jabir Makame, an Administrative Officer at Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner’s Office. He addressed in detail on how the government especially for Dar es Salaam is investing to youth and empowering them through youth development funds. Speaking of Ilala Municipal, 4% of it’s collection per week year can reach up to 1.8 Billion. The challenge is, most youth do not go to claim the loans. The guideline is very clear and the funds are there for youth who need to start business or do any kind of entrepreneurship“.

3.4. Panel Discussion 1

During the open dialogue, participants appreciated the work of represented organization in the panel and recommended that, more efforts should be done in remote areas by ensuring that youth with no access to digital information also are not left behind. More emphasis was inclusion of People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) who needs more attention especially in information sharing and putting enabling environment for economic empowerment.

3.5. Panel Discussion 2

The second panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Joseph Brighton Malekela, a Youth Champion of SDGs and East Africa Regional Director of Africa-Asia Youth Foundation – AAYFO. The panel was focused on issues of Youths and Peace, Youth and Civic Participation and Youth and Economic empowerment. The discussion used the same style, starting with presentation of panellists and later getting compliments of attendees.

The first panel discussant was Mr. Venance Temu, a Program Officer of Global Network of Religion for Children – GNRC Tanzania. On his presentation, he focused on explaining how GNRC is proving opportunities for youths who are interested in peace building. “We have a program of recruiting peace Ambassadors across East Africa Region, enrolling them in an intensive training of peace building and conflict resolution and mentoring them in their field work of promoting peace through social activities. In-line with that, GNRC believes that, Children is an important group for the society to invest and protect as it is the beneficiary of Sustainable Development Goals. My call to fellow youth, let’s take action to promote peace and protect the future generation of children for Sustainable Development“.

The fourth panellist was Ms. Irene Ishengoma, project coordinator of Global Peace Foundation Tanzania. On her presentation, she addressed in detail about the work of GPF Tanzania in promoting peace among youths and the community. “Towards the general election, GPF Tanzania have provided a capacity building to youths and women candidates from different political parties and insisting them to maintain peace during process“.

The third panel discussant was Mr. Justin Mponda, Executive Secretary of Tanzania Youth Vision Association – TYVA. On his presentation, he explained in detail about the work of TYVA in empowering youths. “For us, International Youth Day means how youths have been actively participating in transforming their communities and being part of decision making. We would like to see more efforts of youth inclusion in decision making process so as to include their voices and expectations“.

The second panel discussant was Mr. Kala Jeremiah, a youth activist and music artist. He stressed his presentation on Youth Peacefully Engagement towards the general election. “We young people have a power to decide whether we want peace or violence. In most circumstances, general elections triggers political instabilities and threaten peace in some countries. Let’s champion peace during this period of general election. As an artist, I will use my influence to promote peace so that we pass through this process peacefully“.

The fifth panel discussant was Kinondoni Youth Development Officer Mr. John Deogratius. He used the platform to share the work of his office in empowering youths economically. “The youths development funds have been proved in all municipals, but very few youths have been claiming. We are very committed to empower youth, and sometimes, when you have organized your group, our technical officers can assist to organize your business idea and guide you from initial stage to implementation. Also, many youth opportunities information are found in local streets governments, but the problem is, very few youths have habits to attend street/village meetings or even visit offices to get information”.

 

3.5.1. Open Floor Discussion

The second open flow discussion provided an opportunity to participants to share their ideas on the presented topics. Regarding the youth responsibility to seek information, it was recommended that, youths should build a culture of getting proper information and contributing their ideas through participating in local streets government meetings. Also, many youths suggested that, to ensure we have a proper channel of information sharing, there should be a National Youth Council operating from local level so as to receive regular youth opinions and to share various development opportunities to youths.

4. CONCLUSION

Generally, the commemorations has involved public dialogue whereby youths have intensively discussed their involvement in achieving global goals, challenges and way forwards which can assist to ensure that no one is left behind. Issues of economic empowerment, skills acquisition to youths, improvement of health facilities and having a good information sharing systems will enable more youth to effectively participate in achieving global goals. Moreover, youths would like to see more initiatives and interventions in legal frameworks which will assure youth inclusion in decision making process so as to have sustainable development. Some event highlights can be accessed through: https://youtu.be/PXyOpK7x0Kw .

Press Release: Asian African Youth Joining Solidarity in Fighting Covid-19

Jakarta, Indonesia – May 13, 2020 – Africa-Asia Youth Foundation (AAYFO) Indonesia housed a two-day virtual summit via Zoom in the 65th commemoration of Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia. The summit aimed to consolidate youth from other AAYFO chapters to examine the aftermath of Covid-19 towards the natural and social and economic environment.

 This initiative is part of AAYFO’s strategy in nurturing South-South Cooperation (SSC), knowledge sharing, and best practices across developing countries to propel sustainable development across nations. Throughout the summit, all participants from 10 countries engaged in addressing issues in corresponding countries and proposed some recommendations.

 The starting discussion covers environmental impacts related to the outbreak of Covid-19. Ms. Duong, a Vietnamese youth activist for a sustainable living lifestyle, views Covid-19 as the symptom of systemic illness. She expresses her concerns about lenient policy enforcement and perpetuated supply chain management detrimental to nature due to significant net emission, especially in developing countries in the southern hemisphere. Similarly, Mr. Baganda, an environmentalist from Congo, indicated that Africans suffer more from wood logging than from air pollution. Although Congo forests serve as the planet’s lungs, 80% of African households are major carbon contributors due to their reliance on charcoal. While Duong described that Asian countries benefit from the gas emission reduction during the Covid-19, self-isolation soars the demand for charcoal in Africa. Baganda concluded that the crisis has resulted in drought, inundation, and locust invasion across the continent.

 After the talk, some recommendations were presented. The first speaker called for stricter environmental law enforcement and a polyculture practice for farmers. At the community level, she also encourages people to be more conscious of the production and distribution process of their food. Likewise, the second urged the government to assess any contributing factor of wood exploitation and thereby discouraging its use. Moreover, he proposed for utilization of the latest technology-based intervention such as renewable solar energy and hydropower to ameliorate the climate crisis.

 The following day, the conference highlighted the increasing number of gender-based violations (GBV) during the pandemic and current global recessions. A team of Kenal.in, Aini, Revian, and Sheila explained that Indonesia is the second most dangerous country for women in the Asia Pacific due to sexual violence with 93% cases of which are underreported. Ms. Shumbanhete, a provincial ambassador at Women Entrepreneurship Day Organization, highlighted that African women and children are suffering way more than men from the virus due to the spike cases of GBV, domestic violence, and child abuse, especially the frontline workers and caretakers. 

 Both speakers elaborated that the lockdown has insinuated that the escalated responsibility for women to serve as a person in charge of the sick, limiting their access to public service and education. “Quarantine and social isolation mean that abusers […] are in close proximity around the clock and other people are not around to see the size of violence and (to) intervene,” says Aini. According to Shumbanhete, the housewives will suffer discrimination if they refuse or are unable to carry out the care. Job losses, reduced income, food scarcity, fear of contracting the virus, and poor mental well-being are factors inciting violence against women and children.

Kenal.in and Shumbanhete proposed recommendations in areas of the creative campaign and community-based intervention. As most Indonesia are active users of social media, Kenal.in strives to establish an online community offering a judgment-free space in which survivors and experts can share their narrative and knowledge. The platform also aims to raise awareness about GBV and deconstruct stigma related to gender via podcast. Furthermore, in Zimbabwe, a seed project is on its way wherein people grow seeds in a tiny garden and then distribute them to the community. This would help particularly women from the informal sectors who endure limited income to feed their families. Then, they can grow these seedlings in their residence for personal use, or they can sell them. Shumbanhete believes in this on-the-ground solution and is optimistic that the home-made plant vegetation will, in turn, expand local communities’ capacity to support their kin.

Further on the economic front, some studies predict that the impact is indirect and is the result of collective behavioral changes. The government and individuals set up preemptive efforts to avoid infection and to survive the pandemic. Reflecting on case studies of SARS in 2003, Mr. Arbin Shrestha, Finance Director at AAYFO-Nepal, illustrated that although the contagion rate was sparse, it landed a hard blow on the economy in Nepal. He went on to say that the collision was mediated by the type of social interventions, severity, and transmission rate of the disease. Thus, while Covid-19 has a somewhat insignificant health impact, it has a significant effect on the economy.

The economic aftermath has had an effect on various fronts. Market trends in all sectors ranging from equity markets, tourism, manufacturing, banks, and petroleum are plummeting at a global scale. Other impacts include massive unemployment, food shortage, trade deficit, and defalcations in mortgages and financial loans. According to Mr. Jesse Chinedu Isagbah, Director for Plateau State at AAYFO-Nigeria, over 46 million people will be pushed into poverty due to Covid-19 with 23 million and 16 millions of which are from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, respectively. Also, countries solely dependent on the sectors above, such as Nigeria will be the worst-hit nation.

Although the recession is inevitable, some measures are available to mute the impact. In terms of improving the economic burden, Arbin suggested that governments need to decrease the interest rates for commercial loans, promote Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and impose strict laws against the shadow economy. Nonetheless, Isagbah argued that they must not cherry-pick policies as what works on other nations may be incompatible. Plans have to be country-specific that meet the peculiar needs of the country. Although the lockdown rule might be useful, its implementation without provision of primary livelihood is impractical as some people are more averse to starvation than to infection. Lastly, in terms of containing the pandemic, the government should offer relief from customs duties on imported food and medical supplies to ensure purchasability and availability. “Reduction on import duty rates [is essential] for the modern agriculture and especially [on] the medical supplies”, says Arbin, “because the medical supplies [are] coming out from different countries”.

The summit concluded that the effect of Covid-19 has been enormous. While some people enjoy the reduction of gas emission from lower traffic and limited community movement, some others suffer from GBV and recession. Although the pandemic brings about a moderate health issue; it delivers humongous blows to the global economy. As a result, governments and societies are encouraged to provide community-based interventions as a means to relieve the tension caused by the pandemic.

Mr. Ferga Aristama, AAYFO Indonesia Country Director

Tel: +62 878 7584 5748

Email: indonesia.aayfo@gmail.com

Earth Week Celebration, 2020

AAYFO Earth Week 2020
AAYFO Earth Week 2020

Africa Asia Youth Foundation is celebrating “Earth Week” from April 20th, 2020 until April 27th, 2020.

As well know, the human outbreak is generating stress across the globe and it’s important to take care of our Mother Earth in these challenging times. The purpose of this week-long celebration is to introspect, raise awareness and reflect on how, even the smallest of tasks undertaken by humans, knowingly or unknowingly, have an impact on Earth. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our Mother Earth.

Throughout the week, we will be reflecting upon different strands, from Environment Crisis to Enhancing Creativity to understanding the impact and technicalities of Technology on Earth. Also, we shall be celebrating the spirit of cross partnership between Africa and Asia through virtual sessions, energizer activities, a virtual two-day E-Summit in Indonesia, surprise speakers and surprise activities that will keep you on toes throughout the week.

Enroll Here: https://bit.ly/AAYFO-Earth-Week-Celebration

IYD INDONESIA

IYD Indonesia 2019

Transforming Education

“We need collaboration, empathy and teamwork in order to transform education and young people play an important role in creating an agile, sustainable and lifelong education system that addresses the needs of the future”

Victoria Ikiwoge #YouthofUNESCO

Statistics remind us that significant transformations are still required to make education systems more inclusive and accessible: (1) Only 10% of people have completed upper secondary education in low income countries; (2) 40% of the global population is not taught in a language they speak or fully understand; and (3) over 75% of secondary school age refugees are out of school. In addition, indigenous youth, young people with disabilities, young women, young people belonging to vulnerable groups or in vulnerable situations, etc are facing additional challenges to access education that respects their diverse needs and abilities as well as reflects and embraces their unique realities and identities.  

Identifying education critical issue and find its best solution will lead to multiplier effect to other problems, including poverty, inequality, radicalism and extremism, and degradation of the ecosystem. However, it is not easy and needs the world joint-action commitment. Education must never become one country problem, yet all over the world. Furthermore, the commitment of partnership will accelerate education move forward progressively. This commitment also shown by Mr Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia by saying, “Indonesia stands ready to contribute to the global

discourse in finding the best possible ways for UNESCO to help create a better world for living”.

Accordingly, in line with the UN Agenda in Sustainable Development Goals and the concentration of the Indonesian government to actively contribute to improving the quality of education, International Youth Day 2019 Celebration took the theme of Fostering African and Asian Youth Cooperation to Make Education More Relevant, Equitable, and Inclusive for all.

Objective and Expected Output

The overall goal of this celebration is to facilitate African and Asian youths to identify the education critical challenge and encourages the solutions to make education more relevant, equitable, and i­nclusive for all.

The expected output at the end of the sessions is to increase the cooperation and collaboration between African and Asian youths in transforming education to be more relevant, equitable, and i­nclusive for all.

Proposed activities

International Youth Day 2019 will be divided into two activities in a single day (proposed August 25th, 2019):


Talk Show Session

The talk show will discuss the essential theme of IYD 2018, specially about fostering African and Asian youth cooperation to make education more relevant, equitable, and inclusive for all. It aims to facilitate conversation and discussion from a different perspective since there will be potential speakers from different sectors. It also encourages the participants to be aware to education challenges faced by Asian and African youths

Workshop Session

After the talk show, participants will be divided into 5 working groups and be encouraged to make action plans to make quality education for all. To help them understanding the critical challenges and find solutions, they will be firstly acknowledged some project tools. Furthermore, during the discussion, each group will be facilitated by two AAYFO Indonesia members.

Reference

Internet

International Youth Day 2019: “Transforming Education”, https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/news/2019/04/iyd-2/

National Statement of Prof Dr Muhadjir Effendy, MAP Ministry of Education and Culture The Republic of Indonesia at The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, November 2nd 2017 https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/indonesia_gpd_speech_e_39_vr_07.pdf?v=2


International Youth Day 2019: “Transforming Education”, accessed https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/news/2019/04/iyd-2/

AAYFO INDIA YOUTH TOWN HALL 2020

Africa Asia Youth Foundation(AAYFO) is one of the foremost organizations working with young change-makers in Africa and Asia at the grass-roots with strong national and international linkages. With a firm belief in the ideology that empowering the youth is the one-stop solution to most of the problems; AAYFO organized a Youth Townhall at the Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi on 5th February 2020 aimed at fostering and strengthening cooperation amongst youth and other potential stakeholders.

The underlying intent of the event was to strengthen ties of friendship and solidarity between participants and to discern and discuss items on the agenda, ensuring their follow-up at the national and international levels.

The opening ceremony featured a stimulating discussion by Mr. Angad Anand, Country Director (AAYFO) and Mr. Keshav Saini, Continent Director (AAYFO).

It provided an excellent platform to exchange ideas and co-learn through the medium of discussions and workshops on various strands like Education, Poverty, Entrepreneurship, Gender Equality, and Youth Empowerment. These discussions were facilitated by experienced experts who engaged and guided the delegates via unconventional activities and learning methods.  

The event was graced by guest speakers from all spheres of life like –

– Ms. Avigail Spira, Spokesperson, Israel Embassy
– Madam Lestiyani Yuniarsih, Cultural and Education Attache, Indonesian Embassy
– H.E. Mr. Mahesh Sachdev, former Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, presently serving as the President of ‘Eco-Diplomacy and Strategies’​
– Ms. Indrayani Mulay, Deputy Director, Confederation of Indian Industries
– Mr. Nnamdi Ndu, PA to the Nigerian High Commissioner
– Ms. Habiba Hasnah Hermanadi (President, Indonesian students association, New Delhi).

The townhall saw a blend of delegates from diverse cultures, sharing their experiences in a way that encompassed all barriers of race, religion, and colour; breathing an impassioned zeal to transform the society. The brainstorming sessions saw a unique combination of fervour and pragmatism wherein heated discussions upon the causes and consequences of lack of access to education, poverty, and gender inequality were coupled with narrations of heartfelt anecdotes upon the same.

We are grateful to the Nigeria High Commission for hosting us, especially to His Excellency Major General Chris Owushi Eze, The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of India and His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi for guiding and motivating us every step of the way.

We would like to thank – Sharda University, Greater Noida for being our Knowledge Partner and for helping us facilitate the event smoothly. Mr. Anindya Bhanja, Senior Manager, International Relations (Sharda University) summed up the learnings of the townhall through a comprehensive discussion on the importance of each strand. 

It is a known fact that music transcends all barriers cultivated by society. The highlight of the session was witnessing a spectacle in which people from the highest echelons of government to the young changemakers from different countries rejoiced themselves by singing songs reflecting togetherness and hope. Drawing from this ethos of fellowship, we are optimistic that this town hall will ignite the minds of young delegates to propel the storm to create meaningful change for human society.

Read more about the event here

IYD VIETNAM 2019

In commemoration of the International Youth Day – 2019, Africa-Asia Youth Foundation in collaboration with Soci Hub hosed a 2-day event in Hanoi on the theme of “Transforming Education Towards Sustainability”.

The event was a platform for young Asian and African people coming from two different cultures and continents to share the educational issues that they are facing, and discuss to give solutions to those problems. Along with that, the program was also created with the aim of promoting cultural interference between Vietnam and African countries to partly erase misunderstandings about culture between youths and promoting peace creation towards sustainable development.

It was an excellent opportunity for ideas exchange, co-learn and discuss the current education story shared by experts and practitioners Sexual rich experience. With that, you will also have the opportunity to approach and experience “Non-violence Communication” as a tool to reconcile misunderstanding, conflict in daily life, contributing to build peace in the peace in Vietnam. society and along with it is the opportunity to share and experience the characteristic culture of different countries in Africa, expand its cultural view of black continent and have memorable memories.

Africa-Asia Youth Foundation and Soci Hub hope that the International Youth Day 2019 was a step or the beginning of the thoughts in the heart of young people about a suitable education for people to direction to a commune guild with more love and less than struggle, encourage and important no less, is the mark of connection with friends who are not the same color skin, not the same language but always share the storm to create good values for human society.

The event gave youths the opportunity to connect to friends from both continents through activities related to education and cultural experiences.

Opportunity to access and experience “Non-violent communication” with the guidance of experienced experts and at the end, certificate of participation were issued.

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