Africa Unite, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, held its annual Weekend Human Rights Training on the 17th to the 19th of February 2017 at Goedegedacht Farm in Malmesbury Cape Town, South Africa.
The training brought 36 young people from different backgrounds as follows: 19 local youth from South Africa among them 1 migrant farm worker originally from Lesotho and 1 refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo and 17 students from the University of Connecticut in USA.
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.
One of the highlighted events of the weekend was the mock presentations to the United Nations and World Bank during a special African Union assembly by the youth who were divided into 4 African countries to compete for $2 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 countries being selected: Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe, and Kenya.
The above countries were instructed to deliver a presentation to the United Nations chairperson and the World Bank President who made up the panel of judges. 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 $2 billion donation in addressing their human rights issues and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
After interesting presentations from various countries, for the first time two countries emerged as the winners as they scored the same amount of points (Zimbabwe and Kenya).
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. The two countries received the $2 billion a mock cheque to share. The purpose of this activity is to allow our youth to research and understand the political and socio-economic background of African countries.
Following the conclusion of the workshop, all the youth participants received a certificate to successfully become Africa Unite Human Rights Youth Peer Educators. 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.
Africa Unite would like to give a special thanks to Marita for our long partnership with the University of Connecticut and our funders DKA- Austria, CCFD, Foundation for Human Rights and other individuals for making this training happen.
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