The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) participated at the closing ceremony of ‘Together for a New Africa’ project held at Mariapolis Piero, Juja, Kiambu County, Kenya on 8th January 2019. GNRC–Kenya was represented by Sh. Ramadhan Aula, the National Coordinator. This was the first phase of the three-year project intended to run till 2021. In his opening remarks, Sh. Aula introduced GNRC and the 10 Panama Commitments arrived at in May 2017.
The Focolare Movement in partnership with International Association of New Humanity, the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO together with other partners organized a training for 105 youth from Eastern Africa and DR Congo aimed at empowering young people with the knowledge, skills and mindset to spur positive and constructive change in the communities they live in. The training on transformative leadership, values and responsibility was held from the 31st of December 2018 to 8th January 2019 and attended by participants, both male and female, from Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.
This project is a brainchild of African students and alumni of the Sophia University Institute in Italy who felt the need to give “back to Africa” and take responsibility in positively shaping the continent of Africa, hence the title “Together for a New Africa”. The project strives to bring about a cultural transformation as a path towards a new style of leadership. The direct target audience were fellow African students aged between 20 and 35 years already involved in leadership who will in turn reach 1,000 youth in their local communities. The trainers were drawn from Italy and the respective countries where participants came from.
The closing ceremony was graced by members of Diplomatic Corps, notably the Embassies of Chile, Cameroon and Italy, and representative of Kenya Commission for UNESCO and GNRC–Kenya Coordinator.