CYP RCA/Meeting Notes March17 09

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Africa (Dabesaki)

  • Where are some of the conflict issues for young people in Africa
  • Lives in Nigeria, but now in Ethiopia
  • personal experience
  • biggest problem, is the issue of "education"
  • people having correct set of values, and principles of citizenship, and responsibilities of what citzenship are
  • the number of young people involved with the militia, based on specific 'agenda'
  • political discussions about resource allocation

education is the biggest problem

  • trying to address conflict situation
  • seriously invest in citizenship education....what it means to be a citizen, in a country....what are the responsibilities?
  • lots of challenges
  • education provided as a free service, yet there are other costs that mitigate access (i.e., transportation)
  • when people are adequately schooled, then people are very likely to get a job; then the chances that they will want to be involved in negative activity are seriously diminished.

Canada (Tanyss)

  • youth in some communities frustrated, high rates of suicide
  • free schooling, free lunch still - some youth won't come to school
  • Tanyss & husband would go into school and teach youth how to be responsible for things wtihin the school environment, but then also in adding value to the community - turn things over to youth - an issue of empowerment....
  • we started to put them in charge of things in the school, give them a sense of empowerment,
  • they ended up taking charge of schools and having a role as helpful, caring citizens in the communities - "Empowerment" through porviding services to their community
  • Education - long-term advocacy
  • Education - st - access education online

An Empowering Experience

  • help people have an
  • empowerment is linked to responsibility
    • creating alternative learning.... emphasize education in different forms...
    • and allow people to develop the participate, or take on the responsibilities
    • developing relationships? between people?
  • try to reach the mainstream youth, and marginalised youth....
  • ways to engage the peer group (signals to the peer group, tipping points)
  • change their behaviour, and change their behaviour....
  • give people a greater sense of their own power.....engage their own peers, and start to change their identity, and their
  • empower
  • move out of the mainstream youth
  • how do we use online to support offline
  • how do we ensure that young people are in a vulnerable situation, can benefit from these online resources
  • online activites
  • action learning, integrated processes
  • look for ways to move forward
  • Solomon Islands, and Jamaica - doing audio, radio (church radio stations, community radio stations)
  • Jamaica 12-15 years old
  • Solomon Islands, late teens - 30 years old
  • FN in Canada (17-30 years old) - fairly new, startup phase

Concept Paper?

  • what are we doing and what we want to achieve (Dabeski)
  • feeding in CYP strategy,
  • where are we going, and what we want to achieve (Nellie), plug into CYPs agenda (Nellie)
  • Keep in mind the LT goals (Tanyss)
  • Key Objectives (CYP) ....keep in mind, for workshop
  • ST - what will we do for now and June... keep in LT strategy


  • we engage some key youth who will help to move this forward
  • reach youth who are more marginalised, or don't have Internet access
  • support each other
  • come out of it as a mapping exercise


  • Victor...
  • difficult to create a roadmap for the whole programme
  1. - would it only include Zambia, consider inclusion of youth from Zambia
  2. - what role will this workshop have in the whole context; would the roadmap be premature
  3. focus on thematic areas
  4. include f2f workshops
  5. 1 day or regional workshop....some discussions with young people ...define workshops

  • set up a plan, to focus activities (Nellie)

Roundtable vs. Workshop

  • easier to sell (Roundtable Discussions)


  • identifying themes
  • roundtable (discussion)
  • welcome from James, CYP - signal, to peer group
  • start online meetings, discussions
  • online
  • model the process to the trainers, just aw we are doing....
  • create timeframe for developing themes (do ti ASAP) - Nellie

Travel & Logistics

  • costs, etc
  • travel of key people
  • identify leading organizations, to be cable to attend roundtable discussions....
  • working in more than one country...

"Roundtable Discussion" - informal

  • wiki discussions this week
  • Tanyss comes, refine the ideas, and initial roadmap - Roundtable discussions
  • themes
  • Roundtable, builds a regional roadmap (April)

Availability - Tanyss

  • free, afternoon, Thursday, April 2
  • free on Friday April 3
  • April 4, 5, open
  • April 6-8, then doing a workshop at Open University of Zambia
  • - adding to by Nellie and Victor

- not to look for partners yet... - make it a weekday, Friday April 3

  • take forward on the wiki, theme identification

Criteria for Invitations to First Informal Meeting

Organizations or individuals who:

  • work with youth of the age group and including ‘at-risk’ youth
  • who have developed and implemented innovative and effective programmes for youth
  • have wide reach across Zambia (or have outreach elsewhere in Africa) so that they may be able to add value again further down the road
  • that operate community radio programmes, where we could enter into collaboration relationships with youth disseminating audio content (church radio stations, etc)

Step I

  1. put initial ideas forward on the wiki (Dabeski, Nellie, Victor, Tanyss, Randy)
  2. develop strategy for now to June with outputs
  3. # develop criteria for inviting others to the process
  4. plan of future meetings to take place

Step II

  • engage others in on-line discussions in developing workshop
  • invite organizations (as per criteria)
    • Region-wide

Step III

  • host regional workshop with exercises:
    • develop regional roadmap
    • identify top theme areas
    • ensure strong follow up

= Step IV

  • develop country/ community roadmaps
  • grassroots implentation - pilot activities