The Model African Union Summit is an initiative to highlight the situation in selected universities among which issues will include; (cultural stereotypes and their negative impact on students learning environment, self esteem and future interactions with the “other’) and such generate feedback from the participants on the potential opportunities and strategic actions that creatively lead to a cohesive voice to pluralism that is to promote and defend the rights of artists and contribute to democracy building within Africa key for integration process. The model approach is quite effective and suitable for young people at university for it is the only space that has the potential to bring forth all students irrespective of their social, economic, cultural or political status for a healthy dialogue and as a source of interaction. Activities such as applied research and paper presentation, creative performance beyond music, dance and drama, dialogue, and other creative arts have high regard for the promotion of both cultural and artistic rights. Such activities are highly interactive and enhance the power of imagination, innovation, participation and synergy to generate new forms of expression and upholding cultural and artistic rights. They help meet self awareness knowledge intake and understanding of the issues at hand for action and therefore this will be different from the activities of the cultural groupings at the various universities. The activities therefore will bridge the gap between existing cultural challenges commonly driven by stereotypes and therefore help in raising the profile of ‘underprivileged’ cultures.
The summit will reach-out to six (6) local universities targeting 100 participants in each and crown off with a major cultural gala in one selected university hosting over 300 students, 30 artists, and other delegates agents of governments, youth networks, cultural institutions, and rights advocates cross the Sub-Saharan Africa demonstrate cultural competence as a motivation to successful students in own communities.
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Young People’s Think Tank (YPTT):
The Think Tank is a platform aimed at enhancing the advocacy capacity of young people in communities as well as organized groups leading to discussions for positive behaviors of young people and participation in decision making processes.
We believe that, as young people volunteer and become shapers of their own learning, they also can and should play a critical role in building public understanding for change, and in engaging others in the change process.
Clearly, youth can and should play a visible role in provoking deep dialogue about their future. This does not mean manipulating or showcasing students to front for adult agendas. Rather, it requires drawing forth their untapped knowledge, commitment and heartfelt desire to affect change in own communities, building public understanding and support for community redesign in the process.
‘VIJJANA’ Generational Museum (VGx):
The Vijjana Generational Museum being the first ever African Youth Museum was launched on August 12, 2015 to help to build communities by fostering an appreciation, contribution and preservation of their heritage; by introducing youth to and fostering them contribute to to cultural conservation using both their cultural and artistic rights. The museum is intended to create links between exposure to the heritage and audience development. Placing an emphasis on activities that integrate the heritage into community life and facilitating lifelong learning among youth and residents.
The museum will exhibit different youth generational activities and used for commercial show casing.
Vijjana Safaris: As a peer training package, will target change of attitudes to enhance knowledge transfer among children and communities and action towards protection of heritage and natural resources but as well use the environment to promote domestic eco-tourism being an important avenue for economic growth and reduction inequalities. Domestic tourism could realise growth in investment along the value chain, attractiveness and operational complexity building on activities such as natural resource mapping, capacity training, field tours/site visits, media/photo journalism, birding, events i.e. recreational Cycle tours, and school competitions. Some activities include:
1. Organize community-based tours, cultural exchange programs, student exchange programs, internships/training abroad and other such tourist activities at national and international level,
2. Organize recreational tours on bikes, hiking, and camps/training clinics at regional level and national with a purpose of education and volunteerism.
3. Conduct training and consultancy to local communities, government bodies, tourism organizations, and private sector and enable them to develop,
4. Generate employment and self-employment opportunities for the youth and disadvantaged section of the community by involving them directly in tourism services,
5. Conduct research on different aspects of responsible and community-based tourism, make suitable plans and strategies and implement responsible tourism projects,