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African Virtual Conference: RCE Minna Bridging the Gap of Knowledge Sharing Through Virtual Conference


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African Virtual Conference: RCE Minna Bridging the Gap of Knowledge Sharing Through Virtual Conference
Case Study Session
Mr Hamza Abdullahi Na'uzo, RCE Minna
9th African Regional RCE Meeting
5-7 August, 2019, Luyengo, Eswatini

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African Virtual Conference: RCE Minna Bridging the Gap of Knowledge Sharing Through Virtual Conference

  1. 1. 2019/08/12 1 The 9th African RCE Conference Kwaluseni, Eswatini, 5th – 7th August 2019 AFRICAN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: RCE MINNA BRIGDING THE GAP OF KNOWLEDGE SHARING THROUGH VIRTUAL CONFERENCE Presented by HAMZA, Abdullahi Na’uzo Youth volunteer, RCE Minna, Nigeria. 1.0 INTRODUCTION • The Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Minna was acknowledged in November, 2011 by the UNU-IAS. 1.0 INTRODUCTION CONT’D • The centre has continued to operate within the context of the ESD four (4) major thrust that bothered on the promotion and improvement of basic education, Reorienting existing education at all levels to address sustainable development issues, Developing public understanding and awareness of sustainability, and training and retraining. • This forms the basis for the programmes and activities of the centre, inclusive among which is the African Youth Virtual Conference in collaboration with RCE Grand Rapids, Michigan. 2.0 WHY AFRICAN RCE YOUTH VIRTUAL CONFERENCE? • RCE Minna in early 2016 participated in the Youth Virtual Conference Organised by the RCE Grand Rapids Michigan, USA • This inspired the decision by RCE Minna to bring youths from across Africa to look in-ward and share knowledge through a virtual means on those peculiar issues bedeviling the African Nations, its nature and dynamics with sustainable solutions to those problems • It led to the collaboration between RCE Minna and RCE Grand Rapids Michigan, USA, providing the virtual platform for the conference. 2.1 YOUTH VIRTUAL CONFERENCE FOR UNU RCE 3.0 THE 1ST AFRICAN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE • The first conference looked at Africa’s over dependence on mono- economy. • Youths are majorly affected by the aforementioned, hence the high rate of youth unemployment. • Lack of interest of African governments on economic growth, incoherent youth programmes and little funding by government.
  2. 2. 2019/08/12 2 3.1 1ST AFRICAN YOUTH VIRTUAL CONFERENCE Theme: Regional Perspective on Youth Empowerment and Vocational Training 3.2 THE 1ST AFRICAN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE The 1st conference brought together participants from across the globe; they include Netherland, Japan, India, Kenya, Zambia, USA and Nigeria. 4.0 THE 2nd AFRICAN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE • The 2nd meeting looked at the economic challenges occasioned by poor governance of the African countries • External interference by the western powers • lack of transparent and accountable leaderships, and a docile population. • To make matters worse, Youths on the continent, apart from taking a “back-seat role” in the affairs and destinies of their countries and regions, they have become time bombs waiting to explode due their indulgent in all sorts of vices ranging from substance abuse to cultism and other forms of crimes. 4.1 2nd AFRICAN YOUTH VIRTUAL CONFERENCE Theme: Role of youth in achieving good governance, leadership and sustainable development on the continent 4.2 THE 2nd AFRICAN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE • The 2nd African RCE Youth Virtual Conference brought together 8 RCEs from Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Cameroon and Nigeria participated at the event. • However, there were 35 participating youths who joined from RCE Minna. Other people from Zaria, Abuja, Jigawa, Kwara and other parts of Minna and Nigeria joined the events too. 5.0 MAJOR OUTCOMES FROM THE MEETING • That Entrepreneurship training and mentoring should be given more priority in our learning process to solve the problem of unemployment in Africa and the world at large. • That networking, education (both formal, non-formal and informal) and sharing ideas is vital to the development of African youth across all sectors. • That Africa is indeed faced by numerous challenges. However, nobody but Africans, especially the African youths are to find local solutions to their challenges. • That both youth unemployment and Climate Change are global challenge, hence, the need for Lifelong Learning to transform our society. • That African youth should not sit and wail, but rather take up active roles in self- empowerment and sustainability.
  3. 3. 2019/08/12 3 6.0 WHAT NEXT? • The 3rd African RCE Youth Virtual Conference • Proposed for 14th September, 2019 • Call for application will be made as soon as possible • Conference Theme: A Regional Perspective on the Role of RCEs in Achieving SDGs 13; Climate Change and Sustainable Development on the Continent. 7.0 CONCLUSIONS We are hopeful that the outcomes of both conferences will be scaled up with the appropriate authority concerned for further action in order to prepare a roadmap for youth involvement in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and as a major push for the Global Action Plan (GAP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 8.0 PARTING WORDS “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead “..change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. we are the one’s we have been waiting for, we are the change”. Barack Obama Thank You for Listening