33 Nigerian participants from 17 states across the six geo political zones of Nigeria and 2 international participants from Liberia converged in Abuja Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, for CANVASSITY Youth Democracy Fellowship between 20th and 23rd September 2016 at NBC Centenary House 33 Lusaka Street Wuse Zone 6 Abuja.
CANVASSITY is an innovative youth centric program designed to increase the capacity of youth to effectively engage and support government institutions deliver impactful governance, raise efficiency and improve accountability.
The second semester of CANVASSITY was a huge success even though 19 participants that participated in the first semester did not meet up with the required activities to qualify them to attend the second semester. More so, 9 of the participants that qualified to attend the second semester could not make it due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. Thus, we had 19 new participants that joined the second semester. The new participants had the opportunity to witness first semester delegates make presentations on their PiOs, Community Outreach (Crowd Pulling Events) and Youth-Government Engagement experiences.
During the 4 days program, participants went through 8 sessions covering topics like: Emerging Societies and Emerging; What is Democracy? Its History and Purpose?; Key Ingredient of a quality Democracy viz-a-viz Participation; Exploring Transactional and Transformational Leadership Types; Integrity Mapping; Engaging Government Institution Toolkit; Does Disability Hinder Leadership Capacity; Character Traits and Motivational to be A Good/Bad Leader in Africa Public Service Arena.
Speakers included: Kingsley Bangwell – Team leader, Youngstars Development Initiative International, Abuja; ‘Sola Fagorusi –Programs and Media Manager, Onelife Initiative for Human Development; Mrs Ekaete Umo, advocate, activist, educator, and researcher, Founder and Executive Director, Family Centred Initiative for Challenged Persons (FACICP) and Benjamin Dankaka, President, Global Leaders and Readers Club and YALI Fellow 2015.
There was an Experience Sharing Panel- “Is Government Well Positioned to Deliver Impactful Governance?’’ with four CANVASSITY leading engaging governance participants David Germu-Liberia, Victor Anderson Enim, Ruth Eyitayo Lawal and Auwal Adamu Muhammad all from Nigeria. On the third day of the training/ workshop,there was a CANVASSITY paint exhibition where 13 students showcased their canvas drawings, and shared their experiences on engaging government with the public. There was a courtesy visit with lots of excitements from the participants to DAAR Communication Plc complex, owners of AIT- Africa Independent Television our media partner, the delegation was received by top management of DAAR Communication, including Mrs. Tosin Dokpesi Wife of Owner of DAAR Communications PLC. Participants shared their experiences and DAAR Communication expressed their commendation of CANVASSITY and promised sustained media support for future editions
CANVASSITY is an initiative of Youngstars Foundation, funded by National Endowment for Democracy NED USA with African Independent Television (AIT) as the Media Partners.