Free online short course on “Africa Youth Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics”
December 12, 2011 2 Comments
Course Dates: January 9th- February 13th 2012.
Application Deadline: 26th December 2011.
The challenge facing the many African countries is to pursue development by addressing environmental degradation as well as poverty reduction. Efforts to achieve sustainable development in the continent have been hampered by conflicts, insufficient investment, food insecurity, catastrophic climate change and limited market access opportunities. The threats of environmental problems, such as deforestation, pollution and climate change triggers a fettering fear of our future generation. The society can hugely benefit if young people actively participate in all aspects of life such as environment, governance, and economic activities to promote sustainable development.
The Africa Youth Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics Online Course aims to equip African young people, aged 18-30 years, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make conscious choices aimed at achieving and preserving a continent which both they and future generations will deem fit to live and work in. The participants will develop a culture of sustainability and they will be able to realize that they have a role to play in achieving a sustainable era in the region. It will help promotes values, principles and practices that help young people to respond effectively and confidently to current and new development challenges. It will emphasize creative thinking, innovation and the long-term perspective, particularly youth responsibility towards future generations.
The course will further increase the awareness of the themes of Rio+20 Conference and build the capacity of young people to engage with the National, Regional and UN preparatory process and the conference itself. The Agenda 21 recognizes that education, public awareness, and training are critical for sustainable development and that participation and involvement of young people is essential in its implementation. Being both a major human resource for development and key agents for social change, they will help enrich the debate and policy dialogue.
The ultimate aim is to further develop the capabilities necessary to conduct Earth Charter inspired action projects in the participants’ own communities and link the participants with the wider youth community working for more sustainable future.
Register your interest in participating in this online course by completing the online application form at http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=ONMNNG_3d3769a0 by 26th December 2011. Successful participants will be notified in the first week of January 2012.
About the Course Sponsors:
Organisation of African Youth: a continental movement that unifies all individual young people in Africa with a view to encourage active participation in policy-making channels, sustainable development, democratic processes while promoting peace, openness and good governance. We exist as the umbrella organization of all independent minded youth in Africa. Learn more by visiting http://www.oayouth.org
Earth Charter International: guides and liaises with efforts to bring the Earth Charter to the fields of education, youth, business and religion, manages communications with the larger Earth Charter network, and promotes the use of the Earth Charter as an international soft law document.