Protecting human rights starts with educating oneself on what it means and how we can all play a role in ensuring every individual’s freedom to speak their mind, assemble without fear, worship as they please, and choose their own leaders. Understanding Human Rights explores the foundations of basic human rights laws and practices, and provides practical advice for how we can make the commitment to create secure, inclusive, and prosperous environments for all.
History repeatedly testifies to the fact that African Woman have been and are the driving force for positive change in Africa. The problem however is that this rich and revolutionary history has been hidden away from Africans; and substituted with that of our oppressors, the slave masters/owners. Whether it's 1863 or 2016, majority of the African populace (especially those in the rural areas) are poorly educated about African history, conquest and traditions. We are most conversant with "Western Cultures, holidays and traditions" but when asked about deeply intimate African history, many are ill-equipped to express valid knowledge on the aforementioned subject.
He was born in war-torn Liberia and had to flee with his mother and siblings to Ghana, where they struggled to make ends meet. Yet YALI Network member Manasseh Gowk, formerly Emmanuel Osei, counts himself lucky. He was able to earn the scholarship he needed to go to school. Now, mindful of others who can’t afford an education, Osei is giving back.
Alieu Jallow (founder of The Gambia’s first business incubation center, Startup Incubator Gambia) is an entrepreneur and trainer of young entrepreneurs in sectors ranging from agriculture to fashion to renewable energy. He’s also a mentor to young professionals through the Young Entrepreneurs Association. Alieu learned the principles of entrepreneurship at an early age. As one of 25 children in his extended family, he helped his mother work to make ends meet. Hear how those early lessons made him the businessman he is today. In Alieu's podcast conversation with Macon Phillips, Coordinator - Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State, Jallow explains why most startup businesses fail within the first five years of operation.
On the 4th edition of YALI Voices Podcast, host Macon Phillips (Coordinator, International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State) speaks with Cyrus Kawalya from Uganda who was once nicknamed “Cyrus the Virus,” known for songs like "A Menace to Society” but who is now known as the man behind the #IPledgePeaceUg campaign, which many credit with playing a part in the decreased violence around Uganda’s elections in February 2015. Macon Phillips' conversation with Cyrus is all about sharing the experiences, best practices, and inspiration of young African leaders who are making a difference. And the best part of these conversations is that we get to hear details of their journey and the creative ways they are making change in their communities.
Fatu Ogwuche is an elections and technology consultant in Nigeria and a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow who is dedicating her career to support open, free and fair elections across Africa. Her innovative approach towards reporting election irregularities in real time to electoral commissions through her mobile app and social media ingenuity is an inspiring tale of a young Pan-African woman leader eager to reshape her country and her continent positively. Speaking with Macon Phillips - Coordinator, International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State on the 3rd episode of #YALIVoices, Fatu talks about her humble journey in discovering her passion to help facilitate free and fair electoral processes in Nigeria and across Africa. Fatu is an inspiring young African leader and we hope her story motivates and encourages you to become the change you so desire for your communities and countries.
On your own, you can have a positive impact on your community, but when you recruit, organize and lead others, you can really make a difference. In this course, you will learn guidelines and best practices for creating a successful grassroots campaign—from defining your cause to building and training your team to becoming an influential force that drives positive change.
The ability to engage effectively with decision makers in the public sector is essential to becoming a community leader. This course pairs effective strategies for outreach and communication with public officials on behalf of citizens with resources and useful tips for productively operating in the public realm.
The Young African Leaders Initiative Network releases their 2nd installment of #YALIVoices. On this podcast episode, Macon Phillips (Coordinator, International Information Programs U.S. Department of State) speaks with Timi Olagunju, a lawyer, an author, a speaker and change maker through the organization Nigerian Youths in Motion. Through his non-profit organization Nigerian Youths in Motion (NYM), Timi helps empower over 350 young Nigerians in engaging their community, government and institutions to help create better opportunities for themselves and their peers.
n 2012, a 22-year-old Ghanaian computer science student named Raindolf Owusu introduced African internet users to the Anansi Browser. It is considered Africa’s first web browser and was designed to help users with unreliable internet connections stay connected as well as use games and a web camera that can operate offline.
For his creation, he has been dubbed “the Mark Zuckerberg of Accra” by Forbes Africa magazine. But as he tells the US State Department’s Macon Phillips in a YALI Voices podcast, as successful and as celebrated as the browser has been been, he lives in a country where many people can’t use it because they aren’t connected to the internet.
Africa has never known peace. Peace is not the absence of war. War is the catalyst for the instigation of peace. For decades, Africa has been under siege; an economical siege so great, we somehow forgot to upgrade our minds, refine our oil, till the blessed soils of our fertile lands and worse of all, we forgot to take care of our widows and minister comfort to our orphans. We cry out to the West for aid when in truth, we consciously choose to ignore the needs of the needy while we enrich ourselves with public funds. We treat each other like trash but regard the white man so highly. How can there be peace when we choose war?
Would you like to use your VOICE to get an INVOICE? Have you ever heard a jingle on Radio or TV and said to yourself “I can be like this or do much better than this?”...well now you can! Crystal Wyse Media are professionals in training Voice-over Artists and voiced for brands like Verve, Etisalat, Martel, BAT, UBA, Nestle, Top-tea, Cowbell etc. Would you like to earn a living by simply voicing a few lines from a script given to you? If you want to improve your pronunciation, diction, elocution or make some cool cash from voicing a few lines, Crystal Wyse Media are the experts to train you professionally here on the continent of Africa and overseas. Learn to use your voice to make an income. At the end of the voice-over course, you will walk away with a professionally made showreel that you can take or upload to the leading voice agencies and sites where the possibilities of you becoming the next best OAP and more are endless.
Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative Network launches a new challenge to help accelerate the human capital development processes of young Pan-African Leaders. Over the next two months, the YALI Network challenges hundreds of thousands of it's youth-based community members to take what they’ve learned from the YALI Network Online Courses and to host a #YALILearns event in their community, and report back with photos and videos.