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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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Sunday, December 16, 2007
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Monday, December 10, 2007
Rebuilding young people’s lives
The youth in Uganda have grown up knowing nothing but violence and war. The Network for Peace Building Initiatives is empowering youth to combat the violence damaging their lives and undermining development efforts.
NPI work at the grass roots throughout Uganda, regularly spending time educating for peace in Internal Refugee Camps in war-zones in Northern Uganda and those with those driven from their homes by cattle-rustling.
We help rebuild lives of children who have suffered appalling traumas; a 12 year old abductee fighter who has been forced kill their own family and tribe members, refugees and “Night Commuters” - the school children who walk over 15 miles every night to sleep rough in towns to avoid abduction.
The NPI’s Peace Education Programme teaches tolerance, human rights and empowers young people to tackle social justice issues through a range of activities but needs further support to reach more youths.
We currently have four key programmes which need support;
· The Peacemania, a newsletter giving school children a voice
and educating them about their rights
· Peace Camps bringing youth of different tribes together
· Peace Culture road shows, peace edu-tainment
· Website, bringing together young people online
"Thanks to the Peacemania, members can now exchange views as well as get friends in various schools and learn more about our rights and freedoms"
Karungi, Mengo Senior School, Uganda and reader of Peacemania
You can help NPI with just
enough to host and maintain the Peacemania website for 1 year
1000 copies of The Peacemania newsletter (1 quarterly run)
To buy equipment needed to reach larger Peace Culture Roadshow audiences, would include a projector, public address system and educational documentaries.
For further information please contact:
Victoria Brasier (UK), UNESCO Youth Ambassador Liaison
Tel: 07985337641 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ndozireho Jessy Winterbonn, NPI Programme Director
Tel: 00256 772 342805, 41531 572
Please make any donations payable to
UNESCO UK UGANDA,
6 St Andrews Road, Hanwell, London, W7 2NX.
All donations are used for the delivery of education programmes,
not for administration costs or volunteer expenses.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
HEADMASTER MAKES THE GRADE
Five years ago when we first travelled to Rogbonko Village to discuss the possibility of building a school, one of the people we met was Augustine Kamara. Augustine was then the secretary to the village committee and one of the only literate people in Rogbonko. He soon proved himself indispensable to our efforts, conducting a village census with Simon (Westcott), acting as translator and record keeper. Our first school was built a short time afterwards, entirely by volunteers and made of bamboo and thatch. Augustine seemed the obvious choice to become the first schoolmaster of what was then just an informal school. Over the years we have worked to raise standards by employing fully qualified teachers. Thanks to a generous individual donation to the Rogbonko Village School Trust, we were able to offer our untrained teachers the chance to go to college and Augustine was the first to gain a place at Makeni Teacher Training College. The Trust bought him a bicycle to enable him to attend classes. That was three years ago. This summer Augustine passed his Final Exams to become a fully qualified teacher. We are delighted to offer him our wholehearted congratulations.
MARATHON MISHAP COMES GOOD
Allie Smith, educational consultant and former London primary school headmistress, had to pull out of the April 2007 London Marathon after months of training following a back injury days before the event. Allie’s plan was to raise sufficient funds to send herself to Rogbonko to help train our teachers in new teaching methods. As it turned out almost all of you who sponsored Allie decided to send the money anyway. £750 in all was raised. Allie was immensely touched by your support and will be off to Rogbonko in 2008.
ROGBONKO VILLAGE SCHOOL TEA TOWEL
This year’s Christmas fundraiser is the Rogbonko Village School Tea Towel, based on a design by Rogbonko School pupil and competition winner Adama Sesay. Adama had her first art class a year ago when Freetown based artist Rosalind Hanson Alp visited Rogbonko. We hope you’ll love the result as much as we do and agree it makes a perfect Christmas gift. Disappointingly, this year we won’t be selling the Rogbonko School Calendar as our former printer has moved on and we’ve been unable to secure similarly competitive printing rates.
All nine children who sat the secondary school entrance exams this year have been successful. That brings to a total of 22 the number of children who have graduated from Rogbonko. All are enrolled at Magburaka Secondary School, their fees paid for by the Rogbonko Osusu Fund, set up by the villagers to help provide their children with a secondary education. For the second year running Rogbonko School candidates achieved the highest exam marks in the area.
Rogbonko Village School Trust supplied and sent £900 worth of sports equipment, including a table tennis table, volleyball and badminton equipment. UNESCO Youth Ambassador Don McBurney also donated several boxes of sports goods, including balls, skipping ropes and frisbees. Our thanks to him for his continued support.
At the request of the school staff, Rogbonko Village School Trust has supplied funding for several sewing machines and sewing equipment to begin needlework classes at Rogbonko School. Teachers and pupils plan to sell the class’ creations to help raise funds for their school.
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Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima .
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ARTS & LITERACY
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Sunday, December 02, 2007
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We realized that Nigeria has a bad image in South Africa and we trust that Nigerians in South African can lead the change process and image building with their actions.
Please join me as we welcome Mr. Owolabi on board and do watch out for www.nipro.co.za
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Volunteers to fundraise for NPI initiatives.
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- Encouraging the need to take advantage of ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship to help meet Nigeria's employment needs;
- Organizing Socio-Economic Missions that will enable Nigerian professionals in Diaspora to use their expertise to support relevant efforts;
- Networking the expertise of the participants to influence policy and demonstrate how Nigeria can take practical steps towards development;
- Celebration of "What's Great About Nigeria" because if we don't, the world won't have an example to follow!
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Monday, November 26, 2007
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Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tags: Abaana Uganda
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Saturday, November 17, 2007
YouthBank was conceived by Theodore Ogbonna, the head of African Youth for Transparency, an United Nations recognized NGO formed in Lagos in 1998. Orphaned at age seven, he spent years living as one of the many young people crowding the streets of the port city of Lagos, hawking old newspapers and offering shoe-shines. He witnessed firsthand the frustrations of saving pennies and the terror of wandering packs of area boys, preying on younger children.
In 2004, Theo took part in the World Youth Centre, a social entrepreneurship program in Toronto, where he encountered Clara Chow , who shared his vision of making YouthBank a reality. Since then, a dedicated YouthBank team has been assembled, comprised of University of Pennsylvania students, a group of volunteers on the ground in Lagos, and several interested advisors and mentors, including Nigerian, Canadian and American lawyers, international development consultants, and microfinance workers.
YouthBank operates a community youth center, employing high potential Lagosian street youth to act as managers and employees. Through on-the-job training and seminars, YouthBank employees develop fundamental business skills. YouthBank also grants small loans to proven employees who demonstrate an interest in starting their own business.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
- Tree planting
- Animal husbandry
- Lend a helping hand project(A friendly gesture)
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Queen invites London Metropolitan University Law student to Buckingham Palace reception
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has invited 19-year-old London Metropolitan University Law student, Temidayo (Dayo) Israel-Abdulai, to a reception at Buckingham Palace that marks her forthcoming visit to Uganda this November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM.)
7 November 2007
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In ecological centre lead sum up of water project. There were a
lot of peole, among them students, region's workers, scholars and nearly
35 guests. During this program all participants was awarded.
The fist place in photo competition took Zozylja Aleksandr. Your
present- a cup was given to him. We send you some photos of celebration.
Thank you very much for presents. We together look your with
participants from other countries.
Tamara thank you very much and hope to collaborate with you in the
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Educational packs - posters - teachers' resource material and lesson plans
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Dear Young Nigerian Professionals,
NiPRO recorded another success in Kano as it hosts its Values for Positive Citizenship (Module 3) workshop in cooperation with Development Impact for Nigeria (DIFN) with support from A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the culture of Peace and British Council, Kano from Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4, 2007 at the British Council, Kano.
The three days brought together young professionals from Akwa (Anambra State), Kwara, Kaduna, Cross Rivers, Delta, Abuja, Lagos, Niger and Kano. Participants were trained on Values for positive citizenship by Mr. Yomi Oloko of DIFN with technical support from Kemi Akeju, NiPRO Kano coordinator and Endurance Edafe.
Our special appreciation goes to DIFN, A Ray of Hope, British Council, all the participants and to Kemi Akeju whose undying passion made the workshop a huge success.
NiPRO is coming to a city near you.
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Saturday, November 03, 2007
Nigerian Professionals International
NiPRO International is a global network of motivated young Nigerian professionals working together to build a prosperous, united and stronger Nigeria now and for the future. NiPRO is a subdivision of the African Professionals Network. It is affiliated to A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the culture of Peace (www.unesco.co.uk)
Our Vision (Worldwide)
To build a new positive image and appreciation for young Nigerian professionals and Nigeria, her culture and her people!"
Fostering the growth of highly talented, socially responsible and dynamic young Nigerian professionals to
- Address issues that affect young Nigerians
- Build meaningful contacts
- Cultivate impeccable professionalism
- Discover business etiquette & protocol
- Exchange ideas & visions
- Foster Travelers' Philanthropy in Nigeria
NiPRO has Five Pillars upon which we are building the Network:
- Professional Development
- Wealth Creation & Investment
- Cultural & Political Awareness
- Community Service i.e. Medical & Technology Missions via Travelers' Philanthropy
SEPTEMBER 30, 2006
READY?,,, SET?,,, STAY NIGERIA SEMINAR
THEME- Migration: Myths And Reality
The event fulfilled its vision to explore opportunities, discuss possible impediments and doubts, and also emphasize the incentives and existing opportunities in Nigeria and offer advice to practicing entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs; thereby drawing an accurate picture of business in Nigeria. The workshop also discouraged Nigerians from running overseas to live there but to stay in Nigeria to help in the ongoing developmental works.
Friday, 23 February and Saturday, 24 February, 2007
Values in Positive Citizenship Workshop.
Nigerian Professionals (NiPRO) International Network in cooperation with A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the Culture of Peace organized a three day Values in Positive Citizenship workshop which attracted young professionals from across the country.
The rationale was to provide a reflective introductory understanding of what citizenship is to young adults; to discuss what it means being a citizen; to explore values undraping understanding of citizenship to young people; to help young people further develop skills important to citizenship such as Active Listening, Appreciating Difference and Team Building / Group Working; and to encourage individual community volunteering on the part of participants.
Policy Impact Review Program
NiPRO and Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) jointly organized a one day breakfast meeting Organized at the Lagos Business School, Pan African University, Victoria Island, Lagos.
June 9- July 14, 2007
Developing Entrepreneurial Skills That Impact Nigerian Youths (Destiny)
This six (6) weekend programme had twenty (20) aspiring young entrepreneurs from Lagos, Ogbomosho, Abeokuta and Onitsha as participants. They were trained and empowered by seasoned professionals on being self sufficient and how to unleash their potentials for productivity at the People to People International Office, Lagos. The event featured successful entrepreneurs who shared their experiences on how they started their own businesses. Participants were offered certificate of completion at the end of the training. This gave birth to the Destiny investment club and has a list serve that still keeps the participants and facilitators connected.
JUNE 15-17, 2007
Values in Positive citizenship Workshop (Module 2)
The much awaited module II of the living values for positive citizenship training programme was held at International Press Conference, Ogba, Lagos. The training programme was spread over three days with various sessions and group activities facilitated by Mr. Yomi Oloko of Development Impact for Nigeria (UK) It was sponsored by A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the Culture of Peace.
AUGUST 4, 2007
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH NETWORKING DAY (IYND)
NiPRO in cooperation with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) and Korean Internet Volunteers (KIVs) hosted an International Youth Networking Day (IYND) this weekend (Saturday) August 4, 2007 tagged: Young and Enterprising at the Nigerian Internet Group office, at 7 Olayinka Bamgbose Street, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos. The event brought together twenty six (26) participants. Victor Gotevbe and Gbenga Sesan served as speakers for this event.
August 11, 2007
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FOR INTEGRITY IN NIGERIA
NiPRO recorded another success as it witnessed its launch in Abuja at the Fix Nigeria Initiative (FNI) office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The event drew young professionals from Jigawa, Jos, Lagos, Abuja and Kano.
AUGUST 12, 2007
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH NETWORKING DAY (IYND) 2
NiPRO, Paradigm Initiative of Nigeria (PIN) and Korean Internet Volunteers (KIVs) hosted the International Youth Networking Day again at The Triangle, facilitating networking on International Youth day (August 12, 2007). The three organizations were introduced by their representatives.
The event brought together young professionals from various walks of life. We had three countries represented at the meeting, namely, North Korea, United States of America and Nigeria.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2007
ACCELERATED NETWORKING: BUILDING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
NiPRO in cooperation with Iven technologies Limited recorded another success with the Accelerated networking series tagged: Building Professional Relationships. The event brought together top level executives, graduate students and up coming professionals from Ogun State, Oyo State, Imo State and Lagos State at the Iven Technologies conference room. This unique event served as a platform for attendees to market their businesses, services or employment needs to a network of young professionals interested in helping each other in their business endeavors and professions.
OCTOBER 6, 2007
STEP DOWN SERIES
NiPRO in collaboration with Future Hope Foundation (FHF) of Nigeria hosted a Step down series which had Mr. Julius Agbongbase, Assistant General Manager, UNIC Insurance, a top level executive as the guest speaker.
Tel: +1 305 774 1677 (US) +234 0803 305 7677 (Nigeria) +447957442093 (UK)
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