AU KwaZulu Natal-Weekend Human Rights training 2016

For the first time in KwaZulu Natal South Africa, from the 3rd to the 5th of June, Africa Unite held its Weekend Human Rights Training at the Dawn View Camp in Bayenesfield.

The training brought 23 young people from different backgrounds together (local South African youth and refugees from Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo). The purpose of this weekend training program is to continue building a movement of young people in South Africa and Africa that can collaborate together in the realisation of their rights and to build human rights communities in Africa.

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The group of youth peer educators listening to one of their colleagues a refugee from Somalia presenting.

The training covered the following topics:

  • Human Rights Principles
  • Human Rights Education: What and Why?
  • Instruments protecting Human Rights locally and globally.
  • The rights of vulnerable people (people with disabilities, women, children, elderly people, refugees and migrants etc).
  • How to build Human Rights Communities.
  • How to facilitate human rights information sessions in various communities.

One of the highlight of this weekend was the mock presentations to the African Union assembly by the youth who were divided in different African countries. The youths were placed into 3 countries in order to compete for $200 Billion offered by the World Bank through the African Union. Each country was asked to select a president and its cabinet. This resulted in the following three countries being selected: Kenya, Ethiopia and Eretria.

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Eritrea the winning team receiving the cheque.

The above countries were instructed to deliver a presentation to the acting Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The youngest in the group Swazi Nkozi third year student at the Elangeni Campus in Pinetown was selected as the Chairperson of the African Union.

Each country was tasked to do a presentation based on the following topics: a brief history about the country, current political issues, socio-economic and cultural dynamics, and how each country intends to use the $200 billion donation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

After interesting presentations from various countries, the winning country was selected by a panel that was composed of the chairperson of the African Union, IMF, and the President of the World Bank.

The criterion was based on team work, knowledge of the country, history and background and how they were going to use the money to achieve the Sustainable Developmental Goals.Eretria was selected as the winner of the evening and received a mock cheque of $200 billion for aid to their country.

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On the far right: Councillor Mcoyi having a chat with some of the youth.

The purpose of this activity is to allow our youth to research and understand the political and socio-economic dynamics of African countries.

During the training the group had a special visit from Mr Mcoyi who is a ward Councillor of EThekwini Municipality Council in KwaZulu Natal. Mr Mcoyi had the opportunity to interact with the peer educators and acknowledged Africa Unite’s training with the youth. He mentioned that such initiatives are very important in KwaZulu Natal communities because there is a serious lack of youth leadership programmes and a high rate of xenophobic tendencies and attitudes.

Following the conclusion of the workshop, the youth from different backgrounds were extremely excited about the different levels of interactions, content of the training and the skills which were gained during this weekend. They reflected on their experiences, provided constructive feedback to enhance the program, and thanked Africa Unite for this learning opportunity. Overall, the youth made a clear commitment to go back in their respective communities and conduct similar information sessions. They also had an

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The youth peer educators pause for a group picture with their certificates and manuals.

opportunity to receive each a human rights manual and a certificate of participation and acknowledging them as Africa Unite Peer Educators.

Africa Unite would like to give a special thanks to Ntombi Mcoyi for the high quality facilitation and to the Foundation for Human Rights (South Africa) for supporting Africa Unite’s   Human Rights for Social Cohesion Programme in  KwaZulu Natal.

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