Project: Training on Democreacy and Leadership
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There is a need for training and awareness on democracy and good governance in a community where majority of the youth believe that their votes should go to the highest bidder and violence is the language of democracy; a community where a youth leader once said-“We don’t believe in democracy. It cannot work in Nigeria. We will only support those who give us money, others should go to hell… we will do everything possible to return the incumbent. We are armed. We have guns and machetes and we have the power to do it. We shall snatch the ballot boxes and turn the votes in his favour…”
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The training was held twice in 2010 and youth from the 13 local government areas of the state attended, more training are being planned to reach a wider range of youth.
Chinedu Nwasum grew up in Ebonyi state, where youth resort to violence during elections. In view of this great abnormally, Chinedu Nwasum, the Project Manager of UGREEN Foundation Nigeria, initiated and organised a project geared towards training young Ebonyians on the need to protect and promote democracy and to participate constructively and actively in governance.
This project has reached over 227 people as at the time of this report. Youth beneficiaries of his trainings have since carried out different impact and ground breaking projects such as; A protest to stop the 6 months long university strike in Ebonyi, a project that fed and trained over 40 indigent children in Nduanumacha village of Ebonyi state, the establishment of a food processing plant for self employment by a participant and trainings of youth in rural areas.