Being part of the change Agents was one of the greatest feelings and possibly the best achievement of my life so far. Reason being, I finally realized that we as African youth actually face the same challenges in our different countries in Africa. The environment made me realize that despite the challenges I have in my own country, there is a possibility that other youth from different countries are facing the same. This challenged me mentally as we are all looking for the same solutions to the common challenges we face in our dear countries. Hence realizing that YES! A United Africa is possible!
The 5 – day intense program was not only informative but also challenging at the same time. The mere fact that I was selected to represent my country and my organization was more of a responsibility on my shoulders, one that I would gladly accept any day of my life. Being given a chance to be one of the minds that search for solutions for our African continent and impact the lives of many to come, as a change agent, is to see the dream come true of achieving Agenda 2063 for a prosperous Africa.
Engaging with different African cultures was also a great experience as many people have different ways of thinking and doing things. Representing my own culture made a difference also in the manner I conducted myself with others.
I want to see an Africa where we as Africans, want the best out of our continent. Africa where leaders are not greedy for power, an Africa where trade crosses all the borders and where natural resources are positively exploited by Africans to benefit Africa. Youths have a voice in the development of this continent. I want to see governments investing in the talents of young leaders and women and people not dying from natural calamities just because its government is poor. I want to see an Africa where her culture is preserved but abolishes long taboos that destroys her dignity. Above all, I want a peaceful Africa and a peaceful world.
My name is Mohammed Asman Salim. I am a member, and a proud volunteer of the YMCA Kenya. It was worth my time at the Change Agents Training as now I know where to start in changing my community, my YMCA, my country and my Africa. I am finally part of the change and the solutions and not part of the problem.