Africa’s greatest untapped resource might just be its young people
Currently, those under 25 make up the majority of its population, while projections show that Africa will be home to 1 billion young people by 2050. Africa’s youth have an immense potential to forge a new development model and vision for the continent. Despite deforestation at an estimated 2.8 million hectares lost annually, we view young people as champions for restoration and community-based solutions. The GLF, in partnership with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, is launching this program to build a community of 100 restoration leaders who will learn to reclaim ownership of their future and succeed in restoring Africa.
If this challenge excites you, you are the one we’re looking for!
We are bringing young leaders from across the continent to Nairobi from Aug 27-30 to get ‘Restoration Ready.’ Our intensive leadership development and project accelerator program will include workshops and trainings that allow youth to define visions, acquire knowledge, identify challenges, and build community in an effort to to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes.
We are focusing on three fundamental principles:
- Integrity – Infusing integrity into our work by providing training on restoration principles, good practices, and common pitfalls guided by top scientists.
- Innovation – Teaching a mindset of ideation and creativity while illustrating the power of technology and enterprise for restoration.
- Partnership – Building connections with leading organizations and among young leaders to create and enhance projects.
Online Learning (4 Weeks)
With Digital Summits, curated learning assignments, discussion groups, and resources powered by powered by GLF Partners (FAO, Wageningen University, CIFOR, ICRAF, etc.), the learning and empowerment process begins online on July 30th.
Youth Workshop (2 Days)
The work kicks off with an exciting agenda crafted to get you up to speed. No matter your background or interest, by the end of the 2 days you will understand the pitfalls of restoration projects, restoration opportunities, business plans, and we will build collective knowledge from across the continent to scale up youth action to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes..
GLF Nairobi (2 Days)
Young leaders will bring their momentum to GLF Nairobi, the 800 person gathering at the UN Campus designed to pave the way forward for restoration implementation. At the same time, you’ll take part in the GLF Mentorship Programme, facilitate discussion forums, help launch the draft Nairobi Plan of Action for Youth in FLR, and play a key role in knowledge and outreach activities.
Project Teams (Ongoing, online)
To take knowledge to action and facilitate cross-border collaboration, we’re going to build topic-specific project teams during the youth workshop, aiming to report bi-annually on progress in implementation.
HOW TO APPLY:
Step 1: Tell us why restoring Africa’s landscapes matters and what this looks like to you in a 60 second video. Show us who you are! Use the hashtags #thinklandscape #GLFNairobi2018 and tag us on Facebook (or twitter).
Step 2: Fill out the application form before July 20th if you want to be sponsored to the session. This is your time to share why you would be the right representative for your country and region. We are looking for people committed to creating change in their local communities and landscape.
Winners: The top 15 winners will be announced on the GLF’s Facebook Page LIVE on July 25th at 1 PM GMT. The top 15 (3 from each African region) will be fully sponsored to the workshop and GLF Nairobi.
Names of other selected participants will be posted on the GLF site following the FB live session.
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