Peer Education Transfer Workshop
“Engaging youths in the democratic process and understanding the role of Nigerian youths in sustained democracy and good governance”
Held at the Nigerian Medical Association Hall-Abia State University Teaching Hospital on 18th FEBRUARY, 2011.
The Workshop was a peer transfer workshop from gains of DESPLAY – Democracy Series: Participation – Learning and Active Youths (DESPLAY) Africa Training and Afrigrowth Youth Mentoring seminar in December 2010.This PASS IT ON (P.I.O) project brought together about 40 passionate Medical Students of the Abia State University and Nursing students of the Abia State University Teaching Hospital. Mr. Maxwell Ogaga, 2011 URI Youth Ambassador, African Region the main Facilitator at the workshop took on the subject “When governance works”,. He challenged participants to engage in democratic processes and charged them to contribute in any way possible to governance.
After the presentations, their was a break out session, where participants were asked to suggest practical and pragmatic ways in which young people can be involved in governance and contribute positively, it was an interesting time as they brain stormed and came out with practical ways in which young people can contribute to good governance.
The second presentation was done by Mr. Richie Felix, a seasoned youth advocate, writer and a public speaker. Mr Richie highlighted the importance of youths in the development of Nigeria and Africa. He encouraged participants to use resources available to them to affect their community.
Afrigrowth Representative Mr Okechukwu Onoh, gave words of encouragement to participants from the President/Founder of Afrigrowth Foundation-Mrs Dayo Keshi .He also stressed the need for youths to embrace mentoring as a strategy to getting involved in the democratization processes. Afrigrowth Foundation has successfully used mentoring as a strategy for youth advocacy.
The workshop was gradually ending with experience sharing from the participants and the project coordinator-Mr Ozuzu Promise. Mr Ozuzu who has attended several training programmes and seminars on Democracy, Good-governance, and Leadership including Afrigrowth Youth Mentoring Seminar in Abuja on December 4, 2010 and currently one of participants at DESPLAY-AFRICA season 6,2011.He is the team leader of the Earth Charter youth group in Abia State Nigeria.
Participants were also referred to several websites that could help them in their course for further growth in the areas of youth participation this includes: Youth Action for Change, Youngstars Foundation, World Movement for Democracy, United Religions Initiative, Afrigrowth Foundation and Voices against corruption and earthcharterinaction and ofcourse: http://ecyg.wikispaces.com/Nigeria_Abia
The workshop ended with closing remarks from the Project coordinator, a closing prayer, and photo sessions.
The project had the support of AFRIGROWTH Foundation, Youths for Good Governance, All Nigerian United Nations, Student, and Youth Association (ANUNSA-ABSUTH) and the URI Youth Ambassador project.