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

YOUTH TOWN HALL INDIA 2020

With more than 25000 young Africans staying in India to pursue their higher education, India and Indians not only need to acknowledge their valuable presence but also mutually develop a shared vision for better India-Africa relations. Taking a big step in this direction, Africa- Asia Youth Foundation (AAYFO), a convergence of progressive thinking African and Asian youths agreeing to forge a common goal in fostering youth cooperation between both continents, recently organized an International symposium on “Africa-India Relations: Boosting Ties, Exchanging Values and Leveraging Impact” to mark the launch of its ‘Virtual Research and Innovation Centre’, on November 8, 2019, held at Shyam Lal College, Delhi University. Inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi, who has been constantly guiding AAYFO in its various missions and projects.

AAYFO Youth Town Hall 2020

In line with the success of the event, AAYFO is organizing a Youth Town Hall in collaboration with the Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi on February 5th, 2020. The purpose of the event is to develop and strengthen cooperation between youth and other potential stakeholders, to promote the establishment and strengthen ties of friendship and solidarity between participants, to discuss items on the agenda and ensure their follow up at national and international level. This event will act as another step taken by AAYFO to draw on youth experiences with addressing development-related issues in order to identify means through which youth can play a role in the implementation process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as ponder upon the Follow up and Review process. 

To proceed with the same, Mr. Keshav Saini, Continent Director, AAYFO (Asia), Mr. Angad Anand, Country Director, AAYFO (India Chapter), and Ms. Gauri Malhotra, State Director, AAYFO (India Chapter) met His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi and he was humble enough to get us a meeting arranged with His Excellency Major General Chris Owushi Eze, The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of India.  With this visit, we finalized the proposal of a Youth Town Hall at the High Commission on February 7th, 2020, the team had a constructive discussion with His Excellency on what the Town Hall will focus on and how will it benefit the youths of both the continents. He critically analysed the proposal of the event. We also discussed the prospects of future collaboration with His Excellency and he gave us his fruitful insights into how AAYFO as an Organisation can grow.

We are grateful for all the time he spared for us from his busy schedule, and we look forward to a fruitful Youth Town Hall under his guidance.