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I celebrate Nelson Mandela, for not tiptoeing through life. And for living, but not just for himself. He made impact, for good.
They say he was not a straight T. For the best of men are still men, at best. But may his victories continue to inspire us, always!
In his words: "Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom..."
Adieu Madiba Nelson Mandela!
Thank you for blossoming!
By Ayokunle Oloye
A Nigerian, Ahmed Adamu has emerged the chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) at a keenly contested election.
Adamu will chair the new body, which will be the recognised voice of the 1.2 billion young people of the Commonwealth, and a framework for youth-led development initiatives.
Ahmed Adamu from Kastina State is a graduate of Bayero University Kano with a PhD in Economics, from Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
He is the Founder and Pioneer President, Youth Participation for Progressive Development Initiative, member, Katsina State Executive Council Committee on youth restiveness and Unemployment, December, 2011 and Secretary, Constitutional review Committee, Katsina Central Constituency, 2012.
Five other Nigerian youths were among the fifty-three candidates from 21 countries standing for nine executive posts including Chairperson, Vice Chairpersons, regional and special interests representatives of the Commonwealth Youth Council. Over the past two days at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, candidates from national youth bodies across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth have been campaigning for the right to lead the CYC.
Ayokunle is a blogger @ www.ayodelenews.blogspot.com
Full Press Release below:
Commonwealth youth delegates elect inaugural Commonwealth Youth Council Executive
November 12, 2013 at 4:47pm
Following yesterday's formal establishment of the new Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), official delegates to the 9thCommonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) today elected the Council's inaugural nine-member Executive.
Ahmed Adamu from Nigeria will chair the new body, which will be the recognised voice of the 1.2 billion young people of the Commonwealth, and a framework for youth-led development initiatives.
Youth leaders have invested great amounts of time and passion on the formation of a CYC constitution and structure since the concept was first mooted in 2010 and endorsed by Heads of Government in Perth, Australia, in 2011. Over the past two days at the CYF in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, candidates from national youth bodies across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth have been campaigning for the right to lead the CYC.
The inaugural Executive of the Commonwealth Youth Council, who will serve a two year term until the next CYC General Assembly in Mauritius in 2015, are:
Chairperson: Ahmed Adamu from Nigeria
Vice Chairperson (Policy, Advocacy & Projects): Sudharshana Lakshmi from India
Vice Chairperson (Partnerships & Resources): Sadham Zarjahan from Sri Lanka
Vice Chairperson (Inclusion & Engagement): Mohamed Husni from Sri Lanka
Regional Representative – Africa & Europe: Kiziah Philbert from Kenya
Regional Representative – Asia: Tharika Dileepani from Sri Lanka
Regional Representative – Caribbean & Americas: Royden Beharry from Grenada
Regional Representative – Pacific: Harry James from Solomon Islands
Representative – Special Interest Groups: Wathsala Samarakoon from Sri Lanka
With the CYC elections as an exciting backdrop, the CYF has also continued with expert presentations and policy working group sessions on the sub themes 'Gender Equality', 'Generating Quality Youth Employment' and 'Reconciliation and Social Cohesion'. Delegates are aiming to shape national and Commonwealth agendas on topics of particular interest to young people under the theme 'Inclusive Development- Stronger Together!'. The sessions engendered lively debate and strong recommendations, which will inform the youth leaders' meeting with Heads of Government at CHOGM later in the week.
Speaking on youth employment, Ms Barbara Kasumu from Elevations Network said
"Vocational and technical training qualifications need to be valued at the same level as traditional academic routes. Education alone does not guarantee employment outcomes and more must be done to ensure that work experience is fully integrated into a young person's learning experience."
Delegate Racheal Kalaba from Zambia, who attended the session, said
"I was very impressed with the philosophy of the young speaker Ravi Theja Muthu from India, who told us that if we can't get out of the box that restricts our entrepreneurial endeavors, then we should destroy the box and think in new ways."
At the end of a long but fruitful day, delegates took part in a cultural performance,with an amazing show of diverse traditions and talent. The young people collaborated on a regional basis to demonstrate the CYF themes through dance, song and traditional instruments.
|The only Primary Health Centre in Agunji village|
|Aya Achuku, 70, is among the older persons who volunteered to be tested and counseled.|
|Achuku says he missed the opening lecture. Without prior knowledge about HIV and AIDS, he was happy to know his HIV status that day, he said.|
|When the campaign kicked off, only older persons in the community came to the venue. The villagers said they were suspicious of the intentions of the medical team.|
|Hadiza Malaimi, 50, taking the test. HIV and AIDS awareness is important for older persons because they can actively participate in passing on the knowledge to their family and positively influence a healthy lifestyle.|
|Mariama Usman, early 60s, registering for the VCT session after the lecture.|
|Usman, being led to the queue for HIV test|
|Usman waiting her turn at the testing session|
|Usman is being tested for HIV|
Usman, during the post-HIV test counseling.
|A man re-assuring the medical team of the villagers’ receptiveness towards the outreach.|
|Merasa James, 15, taking her HIV test. The younger generation were encouraged by the presence of the older ones.|
|People in Agunji often blame health challenges on witchcraft. The outreach educated the people on ways HIV can be transmitted and measures on how to prevent it.|
|Medical lab technician, Felix Joseph and Idris Mbawa, tested about seventy (70) people before running out of testing kits. None of those tested were HIV positive.|
|The Anti-Retroviral Treatment centre at Nasawara state’s secondary health centre has a mandate to carryout medical outreach in rural areas to ensure the people in villages are not left out in the fight against HIV/AIDS.|
|Felix Emmanuel, 30, came for the HIV test with his daughter. However, he was the only one tested because the medical team had exhausted all the testing kits.|
|Although there is no electricity in Agunji, some of the youths have mobile access for communication.|
|About five minutes drive from Agunji is this modern health center built in 2008 in a village called Kagbu. But the hospital is still under lock and key.|
|The health centre was built as part of MDGs’ quickwins project in 2008. When the health center is eventually opened, people in neighboring villages like Agunji will have access to better health facilities.|