Build a synergetic approach to adress youth Unemployment

Sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest population growth projected between now and 2050 and the highest youth population in the world. According to The World’s Youth 2013 Data Sheet, this population is likely to be doubled in 2050. Again Youth unemployment remains a barrier to the African’s development.

Where are we going? Is the problem diminishing or escalating?

I grew up in the rural area of East part of Rwanda with limited access to electricity and education, some of my friends didn’t manage to pursue their studies. I have had luck to pursue studies but I kept in touch with those who didn’t manage to pursue studies. In that time, I’ve had chance to realize how youth of all categories according to the education levels suffer the unemployment problems.

Youth who remained at home or dropped out of schools before completing suffers lack of knowledge, capital and market linkage to who tried and start a small business.

Youth who pursued studies and graduated from universities thinking to get some fruits from salaries suffers the unemployment caused by the competitive labor market, lack of required experience, lack of information and capital for starting the business.

Many among the two categories suffer failure of their businesses at start while big and sustainable companies are still raising income and expanding.

Where is the problem? What could we do?

The problem is that whoever tries to address the problem for both categories of youth deals with only one cause be it limited knowledge, market linkage, lack of capital and failure to penetrate in the already existing market with competitive strong businesses.

There is a need for the integrative approaches engaging all concerned actors and potential stakeholders among others the Government

Couldn’t this synergy work?

In this consortium of actors, Youth who are educated will gain the experience as peer educators supporting uneducated youth to start enterprises or cooperatives and help them in putting together all marketing strategies and market linkages.

Accessing market for a new market entrant is a big challenge to youth small and medium enterprise, their capital and experience couldn’t compete with big and already existing and strong companies, as part of corporate social responsibilities, these big companies could give job to these enterprises if their services and goods are demanded. This support from big companies will encourage youth enterprises to grow, create more jobs and business resilience from which other youth will be motivated to enter in the cycle.

The main task for the government is to see if legal framework is friendly to easing this synergy and sensitize youth to enter in the cycle. Sensitize big companies to help youth resilience and job creation.

Youth is the force, is a precious gift that God gave the globe, once misused, this creates a danger but when used effectively, positive change and grow happens. This is not a task of one people but let synergize and growth together.

Jean Pierre Sibomana 

Independent thinker 

 

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GIVING BACK TO THE HOMELAND WITH A QUITE HOMEGROWN PRACTICE (UMUGANDA)

A group photo

A group photo

It’s been 7 years living far from my home district after joining university studies and work after graduation, the same scenario is shared among most of my peers whom we shared same classes and same childhood.

Imagine how much pleasure parents, local leaders and former teachers have had seeing their children coming back to support the area during the November monthly community work on November 28th 2015.

During that particular community work, I and peers have joined hands with Kabarondo sector inhabitants to rehabilitate a house for one vulnerable old woman in the area, establishment of one Kitchen garden and clean up the neighborhood. As usual we attended the post –umuganda meeting with community which was the ample time for sharing the root cause of the initiative and to share plans, issues and different opportunities in the area.

We visited the family of a teacher who taught most of that group in primary school. What a pleasure!!!! It was quite a surprise for people in the neighborhood to see the youth.

My home, my life. Sharing memories, stories, projects, laughter and tears of joy, characterized the event; Signs of love, hope, potential victories and greatness were in everybody’s face. I was like, no sweet place like home.

The monthly community work locally know as Umuganda is totally a made in Rwanda initiative where Rwandans joins hand to care of their country  and the environment by cleaning roads, houses, providing solutions to the current urgent problems, providing to vulnerable members of our community and at the end meets to discuss on some issues and opportunities in the country.

As result, the country is clean, achieved fast and consistent development, with proud and accountable people and with much willingness to keep the country development pace and reach even far.

I can’t wait to attend the next Umuganda in December, what about you? Joing us #umuganda, #Remarkable Rwanda #Agaciro

I and Peers building kitchen garden during the Umuganda

I and Peers building kitchen garden during the Umuganda

Fellowship: Second week Highlights

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MANDALA#Profellows, #Rwandaugandan fellows .As mentioned in the previous posts, my name is Jean Pierre Sibomana and I am a fellow from Rwanda. I am pleased to share with you the key highlights for the fellowship activities at my two host organizations: Arise for social justice and The performance Project:

The second week kicked off with the fellowship debriefing at Smith College with all fellows and the staff from the  Institute for Training and Development (ITD) and Smith College. Generally, fellows and I in particular shared different experiences faced at our respective host organizations, the common points were that they appreciated new ways of doing things in their respective area of interest. Apart from that o the same day, Professor Josh Miller introduced some of the points remained uncovered in the first week on the recovery from social conflicts and psycho-social healing; from the content, I have learnt about what…

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Highlights of the first Week of #Rwandaugandan fellows with ITD in VIDEO

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The first week of our Rwandaugandan fellowship was so interesting as it was our first days to be in #USA. It showed us the beautiful picture of USA. Click to see some of the memories of the first days with ITD. THE FIRST BREAKFAST IN USA and THE WEEKEND OF LEARNING, EXPLORATION AND FAN IN BOSTON.

By: Jean Pierre Sibomana, a Fellow from Rwanda

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The first weekly report: Fellowship with Arise for social Justice and The performance Project

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performance Project Jean Pierre (with a blue T-shirt) on a cycle learning life skills.

#ProFellows,The week that ended May 10th was my first week of the fellowship program in my two host organizations which are: Arise for social Justice and the Performance Project all based in Springfield.

The first week was the door opener for me to have the overview of what the two organizations do in respect to their respective missions.

Arise for social Justice: At Arise for social justice, I used two days to learn more about what they do and got involved in the preparation processes of some activities on a conference on the homeless issue.  At Arise, everybody could learn more, likewise, I have learnt a lot but importantly the working in coalition with other organizations with the same mission to support and advocate for people with low income and the involvement of entrepreneurs with products which…

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My first day at Arise for social Justice

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Irise IT TeamJean Pierre, a Fellow from Rwanda (with a cup of coffee) and the Arise Tech Team During the meeting 

#Proffellows, #UgandaRwanda Fellows click here to see  the article about my first day at Arise for Social Justice in Springfield. it was more than a welcome, but a blessing. Thank you for US People, US Department of State, Smith college and partners to make this happen.

God Bless you.

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Highlights of Learning Thus Far

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IMAG0322#Profellows #Rwandanfellows, We are almost    ending the first week of the program, I have been interested most by the concept of active bystander and how this require positive action. Better understanding of the conflicts escalation, I kept in mind that all problems are not due to genocide or armed conflicts but are made worse and more severe by these processes. Most importantly however in the society conflicts of any kind could happen but I have benefited ways of recovering from inter-groups’ conflicts to mention them; interconnection between social justice, peace and reconciliation, psychosocial healing and a recovered society. Ready to take home  programs to address the roots the conflicts.

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The word Social entrepreneurship is not strange in  the hears of some of you. It is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. From my point of view, social entrepreneurship brings much satisfaction than any other work.

I worked for NGOs since 2010 and people who received my good services appreciated always, but after visiting Tanzania, Arusha in Massai land in like 100 km from Arusha, I realised what social entrepreneurship is and also revealed that I still have a lot to do.

Martin Ole Sanago is the African social entrepreneur of the year 2014.

WHO IS MARTIN SANAGO.

Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago was born and raised in Maasai Steppes/plains of northern Tanzania and was born around the early 1960s as the exact dates of his birth is not really know because the Maasai parents of that time do not know how to read and write neither how to keep records and they were not aware of modern calender seasonality.

Martin was educated in a Catholic primary school and attended the Lutheran Seminary in his secondary educates as well as a government school in his high college. He took his first diploma in Development Studies in the Republic of Ireland in late eighties and did more studies in the UK and Germany. He has Master of Science in Community Economic Development and other various academic certificates.

Martin has travelled extensively in Europe, North America, the African continent and as far as to Australia in search of support and resources for development of the Maasai people of Tanzania. Again Martin learned a lot of experiences and knowledge in visiting other indigenous communities worldwide; like Red indians of Montreal Canada, the Aboriginal of Australia and hunters Gatherers of South Africa.

Martin worked a lot in establishing a number of NGOs and grassroots organizations among them; PINGOSs Forum, Inyuat -E-Moipo, Edoinyo -oo-Moruak & Mkulat Cultural Trust, UWAMA, Malambo Parish  Development association and Simanjiro Development and Conservation Trust.

Martin Also works tireless in establishing and pioneering social entrepreneurship and Community business ventures for purposes of Maasai people economic empowerment eg. ORMAME CO.LTD; ORMOTI-TUKKUTA CONSERVATION INVESTMENT CO.LTD; DOSI CO.LTD; ENERGY& WATER CO.LTD and other Community based business centres as you will  see in section of Social business.

AWARDS.

•IOPA and Mr. Martin Kariongi has been awarded a number of Awards to recognize the performances and impacts at Community levels at different times of IOPA history this is not in any way to praise IOPA or Mr. Martin Kariongi but just to show how much we have achieved in this life time and history in working with and impacting Maasai Pastoral Communities in remote locations.
•May, 1995 –International Human Rights Award; Canadian Human Rights Foundation-Montreal, Canada: The Best indigenous peoples land Rights Program.
•August, 1998 -Land Rights for the Millennium Award; By the Australian Association of Indigenous Peoples; Canberra City- Australia.
•December, 2003 -Ashoka Fellowship Award, Kampala –Uganda; Innovators for the Public- Social- Economic empowerment of the Maasai Peoples through Social Entrepreneurship.
•May, 2005 -Media Institute of Southern Africa Award, Dar-es Salaam-Tanzania;  High Quality Investigative Journalism Award in remote Locations.
•June, 2006. -Ford Motors Award; New York City- USA. Quality World Wide Community Leadership in the Community /Society programme: Columbia University
•December, 2007 -National Environmental Award, Dar-es-Salaam; The Best Environmentalist of the year  in Simanjiro District in Manyara.

Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago began to dream of wanting to uplift his Maasai community and social -economic empowerment of his people since he was a teenager. Martin is working now full time  for the economic empowerment of the Maasai Pastoralists through Social business approaches through Civic driven Change and measuring performance in using Social Return on Investment among other impact and performance measurement tools.

For Details: http://www.orkonerei.or.tz/