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African Youth News: 22 September
As the world celebrated International Day of Peace on 21 September 2016, we are reminded this week of former South African President, Nelson Mandela’s, thoughts that have breathed life into the core of the African Renaissance. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” When we think of peace this week, it is easy to over-simplify the solutions to conflict without really recognising just how deeply divided Africa’s young people can be; a problem we hope to address. Funded by KFUK-KFUM Global, our Young Advocates for Change programme, addresses these divisions by encouraging an exchange of ideas through a youth exchange model of 16 young people from 5 participating countries over 6 months. While we don’t start from the idea that people are our enemies, we do know that the African Renaissance needs strong and stable partnerships that are built from cultural awareness and understanding. A peaceful Africa rests on our ability to recognise strength from our diversity and the Young Advocates for Change programme allows us to draw from this strength to place youth in a position to lead Africa to a peaceful future.
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Welcome to the new Ethiopia YMCA NGS, Dagmawi Selamssa Tessema
Ethiopia YMCA’s National General Secretary, Dagmawi Selamssa Tessema, has been in the youth development and leadership sector for nearly two decades…
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Journey to Uhuru Peak: Help raise money for Subject 2 Citizen
On September 25, USA YMCA member Linsea Waugh will lead a team of enthusiastic friends on an 8-day journey to face one of Africa’s fiercest challenges…
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Kilifi YMCA: The changing community
In the Mijikenda culture (which is part of the Bantu ethnic group inhabiting the coast of Kenya along the southern border of Tanzania) it has been believed for many years that there are tasks that are done by men that women cannot do.
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Encourager l’excellence académique et bien se préparer pour réussir son année scolaire ou son…
Chaque année, il est organisé au sein du Cameroun-YMCA et particulièrement dans les unions locales, des sessions de sensibilisation et de préparation des jeunes aux rentrées scolaires…
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