African countries

Catholic project for young changemakers expands to 14 African countries in new cycle

“The idea is to cover the whole continent. Even now people from North Africa ask me how they can participate,” Ulz said in a Thursday, September 29 interview with ACI Africa on the sidelines of the training.

The consecrated member of Austrian origin of the Focolare Movement added: “There is a possibility to include some European countries because we understood that this experience is very valuable and can be shared with other continents”.

For the new cycle which is expected to last 36 months and end in July 2025, T4NA aims to work with 42 adult tutors from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC and Côte d’Ivoire. Ivory.

Other tutors who meet in Nairobi come from Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. Three tutors were chosen from each of the participating countries to take part in the training which brought together teachers from various disciplines.

The overall objective of the second phase of the initiative is to empower young leaders in Africa to meet the challenges of their communities in order to shape the future of their continent through collective leadership (co-leadership), good governance, a culture of unity, and the renewal of the African spirit of “Ubuntu”, and solidarity.

Each of the 14 participating countries has also been responsible for recruiting 10 young people who will be trained for 36 months in the Summer Schools and other sessions that will be organized at the national level.

T4NA Summer Schools are typically intense trainings where participants learn skills to impart leadership training. During this period, those enrolled and trained are also expected to initiate programs that will reach approximately 21,000 young people in the 14 countries.

Engagements with young people in the different countries will involve a combination of trainings including workshops and seminars and local impact activities “to bring about concrete change,” Ulz told ACI Africa.

He explained, “Young people will see the country’s problems and find ways to address them.”

“We want to empower our young people much more to address the most immediate issue affecting people, especially at the grassroots level. We don’t encourage them to look too far,” he said, and added, “In our training, we remind them that they can never solve the big problem of corruption in their country if they don’t. not look at what is affecting their neighbor.