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Training communities in Africa; a pictorial story

Updated on December 21, 2013

Themes on mobilization and logistical support

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Transport meansGood roadsOpen spacesOpen spaces are vital for meetingsYoung people engaging in activitiesYoung people at workLeaders going out to meet peopleUrbanization creates contexts for social engagementPurposeful planning
Transport means
Transport means | Source
Good roads
Good roads
Open spaces
Open spaces
Open spaces are vital for meetings
Open spaces are vital for meetings
Young people engaging in activities
Young people engaging in activities
Young people at work
Young people at work
Leaders going out to meet people
Leaders going out to meet people
Urbanization creates contexts for social engagement
Urbanization creates contexts for social engagement
Purposeful planning
Purposeful planning

10 Rules to Making Young People own Tomorrow today

1.Identify a mission

2. Identify an organization or organizations that can accommodate your mission

3. Identify the young people to work with

4. Train the young persons to work both independently and at the same time promote the mission and objectives of the organization/s you have partnered with.

5. Hold regular meetings to give guidance and hear from the young people

6. Establish needs, resources and their use.

7. Provide reports in form of written narratives, blogs, and social media pages.

8. Identify leaders among the young people and encourage them to be accountable

9. Allow the young people to take on bigger roles intermittently.

10. Explore other people or organizations doing the same and partner with them.


Empowering young people in Kenya to participate in their community's Development

Kenya is a country in Africa and it lies astride the Indian Ocean on the Eastern side and at the other corner is the 2nd largest fresh water body in the world as its border on its south westerly side.

Around this lake in a city called Kisumu is where we were tasked to train a team of young people as peers for other young persons as they transit from college or university to the working world.

The education world

Young people go through a formal education in order to gain knowledge, skills and understanding of the community in which they live as well as the entire world. Education is supposed to empower beneficiaries with skills to analyse, understand and be able to contribute to well being.

In the education world, there are specific rules and a whole different culture. Beneficiaries build their own networks, entrench themselves in spheres that enable them achieve good marks in order to earn certification. There is hope for a job or engaging in activities or work one trained for.

The real world

The real world meets with the ideal education world and the two are apparently not so dissimilar. In order for one to seamlessly flow from one to the other, there are life skills one needs. The real world is divided into the: work, home/family, cultural or social world.

1. One needs to have qualification for a particular job or at least have a minimum of understanding in order to perform tasks.

2. One has to have an understanding of where to get services: legal, security, finance, health and referrals

3. One needs to learn to fit in society or one's micro/macro culture.

4. One needs to know who to turn to.

5. One needs to know where to turn to.

The adaptation skills

These are skills one uses to know or map out the working, social, finance, cultural and referral world. this world has other people drawn from a wider world other than the familiar one.

There is need to have the etiquette to hold others in high esteem, respect and in a dignified manner.

Young people are called upon to be respectful while at the same time be respected.

In the new real world are rules. Many of these rules have harsh punishments which include imprisonment.

The young person is called upon to know this and use this knowledge to fit in.

Conclusion

This model follows very simple applicable steps:

1. Identifying the young people who are in turn trained to be leaders.

2. Identifying tasks

3. Identifying organizations to work with.

4. Establishing "remuneration or non-salaried" work issues.

5. Accountability and leadership roles among young people.

6. Establishing community based registrable organizations.

7. Reporting mechanisms

8. Conduct in society

9. Drawing from the larger society

10. Young people should understand that they still rely on society.

Tapping into established institutions

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Rural communities
Rural communities
Built environment
Built environment
Kenyatta Hospital
Kenyatta Hospital
Clean and comfortable venues
Clean and comfortable venues
Messages
Messages
Sign posts
Sign posts
Hospital Grounds
Hospital Grounds
Residences
Residences

Logistics used in training and mobilization

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Planned outreach servicesHIV/ Aids and Development Drop in CentersSafe spacesCommitted leadersCommunication means that are appropriateCharts with informationLeaders discussingYoung people allowed to interact and own direction of eventsInformation, Education and Communication meansAll takeholders participate in running of activities
Planned outreach services
Planned outreach services
HIV/ Aids and Development Drop in Centers
HIV/ Aids and Development Drop in Centers
Safe spaces
Safe spaces
Committed leaders
Committed leaders
Communication means that are appropriate
Communication means that are appropriate
Charts with information
Charts with information
Leaders discussing
Leaders discussing
Young people allowed to interact and own direction of events
Young people allowed to interact and own direction of events
Information, Education and Communication means
Information, Education and Communication means
All takeholders participate in running of activities
All takeholders participate in running of activities

Planning Events

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Consultation from those who know betterHolding meetingsParticipation by allConducive venuesInvolving all in dialogueInteractive meetingsGiving all a chanceA meeting in progressEncourage conducting of meetingsMaking a pointOffice spacePurpose and having a missionOffice work in progressAnti-HIV charts with relevant messages
Consultation from those who know better
Consultation from those who know better
Holding meetings
Holding meetings
Participation by all
Participation by all
Conducive venues
Conducive venues
Involving all in dialogue
Involving all in dialogue
Interactive meetings
Interactive meetings
Giving all a chance
Giving all a chance
A meeting in progress
A meeting in progress
Encourage conducting of meetings
Encourage conducting of meetings
Making a point
Making a point
Office space
Office space
Purpose and having a mission
Purpose and having a mission
Office work in progress
Office work in progress
Anti-HIV charts with relevant messages
Anti-HIV charts with relevant messages

Promoting understanding of contemporary social issues in Africa

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Organization DevelopmentOrganizations fighting HIV/Aids in AfricaMission statementsTalking wallsMessages acting as remindersSpot visits, monitoring and evaluation of activitiesPhoto opportunity after community workSending field workers to their stations of workWorking in urban areasLogistical supportConducive venuesConsultation meetingsGreen spacesGreen SpacesTransport logisticsFoot soldiers ( storm troopers)Recreation Grounds
Organization Development
Organization Development | Source
Organizations fighting HIV/Aids in Africa
Organizations fighting HIV/Aids in Africa | Source
Mission statements
Mission statements | Source
Talking walls
Talking walls | Source
Messages acting as reminders
Messages acting as reminders
Spot visits, monitoring and evaluation of activities
Spot visits, monitoring and evaluation of activities
Photo opportunity after community work
Photo opportunity after community work
Sending field workers to their stations of work
Sending field workers to their stations of work
Working in urban areas
Working in urban areas
Logistical support
Logistical support
Conducive venues
Conducive venues
Consultation meetings
Consultation meetings
Green spaces
Green spaces
Green Spaces
Green Spaces
Transport logistics
Transport logistics
Foot soldiers ( storm troopers)
Foot soldiers ( storm troopers)
Recreation Grounds
Recreation Grounds

Partnerships and Network Building

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Partnerships and networks
Partnerships and networks
Denouncing violence of any sort
Denouncing violence of any sort
Health facilities
Health facilities
Accessible facilities
Accessible facilities
Health care agenda
Health care agenda
Reaching out to all by any means
Reaching out to all by any means
Community outreach
Community outreach
Commitment Signing
Commitment Signing
MOUs
MOUs

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    • Tom Mukasa profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Mukasa 

      3 years ago from Lives in USA

      African leaders need to engage young people in candid conversations around self esteem and sustenance.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well shared hub with valuable points made, always sa new hub with many different thoughts.

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