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Local youth recognised for empowerment role

10 September 2013, 16:25

Lagos - Two Nigerian youth, Mohamed Camara and Rukayat Olamide, have been chosen to present at the upcoming One Young World Summit, in recognition of their roles in empowering their peers.

The duo was selected as Delegate Speakers from hundreds of applicants to speak from the main stage of the summit ahead of the event scheduled for Johannesburg, South Africa from October 2 to 5.

One Young World Summit is one of the world’s biggest youth events where youngsters explore solution to prevailing problems afflicting the world.

Camara has been selected to present on Education while Olamide will speak on Youth Unemployment, according to organizers.

One Young World delegates are 18-30 years old and have demonstrated their leadership potential. Many have already had an impact in their home countries on a range of issues.

Camara (21) is a member of the project management team at Slum 2 School Project whose goals are to get children, mostly orphans and vulnerable children off the slums and get them enrolled in schools through a comprehensive youth driven advocacy and reorientation campaigns, provision of educational scholarships to disadvantaged children, complete educational materials and construct schools in poor communities.

Since inception in 2012, it has successfully enrolled 320 children to schools from Makoko slum Lagos.

Its goal in 2013 is to raise N30 million (US$200 000) to sponsor 1 000 children in five different slums and intends to build an Ark School for those in slums and also provide other psycho-social support and provide relief materials.

Camara also co-founded and was the pioneer vice-president of Gavel club, first collegiate version of Toastmasters International in Nigeria.

Olamide (26) did prominent research work on peace education, empowerment and youth violence in a case study of Dolphin Estate Phase III in Lagos.

The project work was charged with the responsibility of averting the minds of youth to peaceful living with themselves, others and the natural environment.

The study explored ways of developing economic strategies to complement resources for jobless youth in order to break the link between youth and violence.

Her work has impacted on more than 300 people.

 - CAJ News


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