WE AfriHug 2020 – A wrap-up
WE AfriHug is a project of Youthmakers Hub organization. For 2020 initiative, WE AfriHug aimed at promoting Erasmus+ opportunities to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) & Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in West African countries, capacity building for board members, academic staff, students, and youth workers for participation in Erasmus+, and to create synergies between African and European Institutions. The program was to run between January to May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan halted on April 7th.
The journey started in Togo by organizing a four-day training seminar on Erasmus+, opening doors for CSOs in a joint effort with ACET – TOGO. An aggregate of 40 youth workers profited by gaining project-management knowledge, public speaking, proposition composing, finding trustworthy partners, and scholarships on EMJMDs. The group actualized two more seminars for HEIs in Institut Africain: Le Leadership and Esseg Statistique. Participants (165) comprising of students, college staff, and regulatory workforce, came to the workshop to get familiar with Erasmus+.
The second phase of the execution was in Benin. WE AfriHug joined forces with theSPACE, a start-up incubator situated in Fidjrossè, to lead two productive capacity- building workshops at the University of Abomey-Calavi. The activity attracted 330 participants. Scholarly staff and students received information about WE AfriHug, Erasmus+, EMJMDs scholarships, proposal writing, and tips for fruitful applications. 40 Academic staff and 250 students attended the session. The WE AfriHug team additionally sorted out a second training on Erasmus+ opportunities for CSOs. 40 NGO representatives and entrepreneurs met up to share their experiences, knowledge, making connections, and systems. Besides, we had sessions on project management, public speaking and pitching, finding trustworthy partners, and how to execute an online crowdfunding campaign.
Nigeria was the last country of implementation for WE AfriHug 2020. The team was planning to continue to Cameroon and Chad after Nigeria, but COVID-19 barred the plan. The team collaborated with the Impact Foundation for Youths Development and The Bridge Leadership Foundation, both operating in Calabar, Cross River State of Nigeria. The teams had meetings with Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for International Development, Mr. Theophilus Ogumbe, Managing Director of Active Code Business Hub, Dr. Betta Edu, and Commissioner for Health, Government of Cross River State, Hon. Signor Omang Idiege, Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Youth & Skills Acquisition, and Prof. Ani Nkang, Vice-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University.
The Bridge Leadership Foundation hosted a Tweetchat on "Capacity Building and Collaboration for Social Change" with hashtags #SocialChange2020 and #TBLFSocialChange. Additionally, Hit Fm Studio Calabar hosted the team to share their experiences and knowledge about the social change fundamental topic in 2020. The 2020 Social Change Masterclass Programme in collaboration with the Impact world team & The Bridge Leadership Foundation started successfully but unfortunately due to the COVID-19 crisis, it was postponed.
Lastly, with the help of the EU commission, the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance, the French Embassy and the French consulate in Nigeria and Air France from Lagos through Paris to Athens, the WE AfriHug repatriation back to Greece was a success.
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