2009 Summer Youth Internship Connect Programme.

Positive Impact Network & GET Mentored present a unique opportunity for undergraduates to gain practical work experience, to make good use of spare time they may have (due to holidays, strikes or reduced work load) and to learn and earn, in the 3rd edition of the Summer Youth Internship Connect (SYNC) Programme.

The SYNC programme is a formal work/study mentoring programme that attaches vibrant, positive and ambitious undergraduates seeking an opportunity for personal development to mentors for specifically defined periods- usually 6-8weeks. During this period, your mentor will pay you a monthly salary in exchange for you to perform daily tasks for him/ her. Tasks are as varied as your talent, and at the end of the day, your abilities would ensure when you leave school, you have exceptional references to fall back on! So far, 316 young people have benefited from this programme.

Eligibility
Vibrant, positive, ambitious young persons seeking an opportunity for personal development, and who are in tertiary education. Undergraduates studying in any higher institution in Nigeria (university, polytechnic, college of education, computer college e.t.c.) and between ages 19-25 years.

How to Apply
Send email to info@positiveimpactnetwork.org or
Visit the website www.positiveimpactnetwork.org

AND IF YOU DON’T QUALIFY FOR THE SYNC PROGRAMME, YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT BY ATTENDING THE MENTORS WORKSHOP!!

The Mentors Workshop titled: ‘Teach me to Earn, help me Learn’ is a full day formal mentoring event where selected participants at this years SYNC Programme as well as interested young people interact with mentors drawn from every sector of the Nigerian economy.
Venue: Airforce Officers Mess, Victoria Island, Lagos
Date: Saturday 5th September, 2009
Time: 10am- 2pm.

NOTE
This event is FREE but there is space for only 100 participants. So sign up to be attached to a mentor or book your participation at the event now by emailing your name, mobile number and contact address to princess_ijay@ yahoo.com

For more information: please call Ijeoma on 01 820 7048 or 0803 730 9984.
To sign up as a mentor, please contact Mary on 0803 508 7797 or Temitayo on
0802 304 6134.

Usain “Lighting” Bolt.

Inspiration is an understatement of what i feel; anytime i ponder about the new world record set by “Usain Bolt” at an incredible speed of 9.58 Seconds and he says more is still to come.

To my man of the month….August 2009….Usain (Lightning Bolt).

“Usain Bolt” was born in Trelawny Jamacia on 21th August 1986.  He is the son of Grocery Store owners Wellesley and Jennifer. Usain attended the nearby Waldensia Primary School and later went on to William Knibb High School where his talent was recognised by Dwight Barnet, his high school physical education teacher. Barnet became his mentor and guided the young sprinter to his World Junior Championship win in the 200m event in front of a packed Jamaica National Stadium.  He also won two silver medals at these games.

In 2003 he won gold again at the World Youth Championships in Canada running the 200m in 20.40 seconds.  The following year saw him run 19.93 seconds, becoming the first junior to break the 20-second mark and breaking Lorenzo Daniel’s world 200m junior record.

Bolt turned professional in 2004 but missed most of his first two seasons due to injuries; he was eliminated in the first round of the 200 m heats at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

In 2007, running 19.75 to break the 36.  -year-old national record held by Don Quarrie by 0.11 seconds at the 2007 Jamaican Championships Usain “Lighting” Bolt Beat Don Quarrie’s 200 m Jamaican national record with a run of 19.75 s. In May 2008, Bolt set his first 100 m world record with a time of 9.72 s, improving upon his previous personal best of 9.76 s which was made earlier in the month.

As a result of Bolt’s successes in athletics, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 2009. In August 2009 in Berlin, Bolt improved the 100 m world record to 9.58 seconds to win his first World Championship gold medal in what was the largest ever margin of improvement in the 100 m world record since the beginning of electronic timing.

Career Highlights – Updated August 2009

  • 2009 – 100 metres – Gold (World Athletics Championships) – 9.58 – World Record
  • 2008 – 100 metres – Gold (Beijing Olympic Games) – 9.69 – World Record
  • 2008 – 200 metres – Gold (Beijing Olympic Games) – 19.30 – World Record
  • 2008 – 4 x 100 metres – Gold (Beijing Olympic Games) – 37.10 – World Record
  • 2008 – World 100m Record – 9.72 – Reebok Grad Prix
  • 2007 – 200 metres – Silver (World Athletics Championships) 19.91
  • 2005 – 200 metres – Gold (Central American and Caribbean Championships) – 20.03
  • 2004 – 200 metres – Gold (Carifta Games) – 19.93 World Junior Record
  • 2003 – 200 metres – Gold (World Youth Championships) – 20.40
  • 2002 – 200 metres – Gold (World Junior Championships) – 20.61

Personal Details

  • Date of Birth – 21 August 1986
  • Place of Birth – Trelawny, Jamacia
  • Residence – Kingston, Jamacia
  • Athletics Disciplines – 100m, 200m, 4 x100m Relay
  • Club – Racers Track Club
  • Height – 6ft 5ins
  • Weight – 86 kgs – 13.5 stone
  • Education

    • Waldensia Primary and All-age School
    • William Knibb Memorial High School
  • Personal Records

    • 100m – 9.58 WR
    • 200m – 19.30 WR
    • 400m – 45.28
    • 4 x 100m – 37.10 WR

    Thanks for being a source of inspiration and i pray that GOD continues to guide and bless you. To anyone reading this post,lesson to be learnt from Usain Bolt remarkable carer so far:

  • Impossibility is a myth.

  • Distinct or Extinct.
  • Age is just a number (Breaking all world records breakable and is just 23 years old).
  • Our color or race is not determinant of our far we go.

Leap Africa 6TH ANNUAL NIGERIAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS.

LEAP Africa is proud to announce the 6th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership
Awards. The Awards, which have showcased the amazing efforts of 35 Nigerian
youth since 2004, will recognize an additional set of 10 outstanding young
Nigerians who have initiated change projects in their immediate communities.

The objectives of the 6th Leap Africa Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards are to:

– Identify young people in Nigeria who have initiated change projects
that are focused on improving the lives of others
– Encourage and support these young people in their efforts
– Showcase their impact on local communities and demonstrate that the
youth can effectively serve as change leaders in Nigeria.

Application Criteria

Applicants must:

– Be between 18 and 30 years
– Have played a leadership role in creating positive changes in their
local communities in one of the following areas: Business and Economic
Development, Environment, Education, Law and Human Rights, Health, Media,
Arts and Culture, and Science and Technology
– Be able to show tangible evidence of impact
– Demonstrate that their initiative has potential for growth or further
replication
– Demonstrate high-levels of integrity and the willingness to serve as
role models for other youth.

*The Awards

*Ten outstanding youth will be selected for recognition during a nationally
publicized event that will be held on November 19, 2009. Winners will also
receive cash awards of up to Seventy Thousand Naira (N70, 000) to support
their work in local communities across the country.

*APPLY NOW! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!*

For further information about the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards,
please contact Asuquo Asuquo via email at aasuquo@leapafrica. org

Applications can also be downloaded or completed at LEAP Africa’s website at: http://www.leapafrica.org/downloads.asp All applications should be returned to LEAP Africa office at 13 Omorinre Johnson Street, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos or by post to P.O. Box 75427, Victoria Island, Lagos or via email to Asuquo Asuquo at: aasuquo@leapafrica.org

Call For Volunteers by “Collageo Communication Limited Foundation (CCLF)”

Collageo Communication Limited Foundation (CCLF) is a non governmental organization whose vision is ‘To reposition the Nigeria society in the minds of the citizens as worthy of first priority, honour and commitment, We intend to achieve our vision by communicating positive values through various media for national transformation through attitudinal change programme.

Aims and Objectives:
* To develop an ethos of citizenship in our community
* To promote the need for greater responsibility by individuals and corporate bodies
* To project good governance, family values, work ethics and religion accommodation by all groups in the nation and
* To encourage good governance among political leaders and the civil society.

Collageo Communication Limited Foundation puts together three different programs:

The Good Citizenship Initiative (TGCI)

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and

The Governance Roundtable

Communication Limited Foundation is calling for volunteers to organize the TGCI programme; a youth leadership programme in secondary schools across the nation. The programme focuses on trainings in Personal Development, Leadership, Communication and Good citizenship. The Training will be conducted by the volunteers in schools of their choice and supervised by the Foundation. The training will be a 2 days programme to cover the modules. Volunteers should be passionate about Nigeria and willing to do something to make it better.

If you are interested in volunteering please indicate your interest by sending your personal profile with contact details (Phone numbers and email address) to aseyifunmi@gmail. com.

For further enquiries please call 08035656825 or 08022920481.

Support Ajegunle.org in the “Champions of Quality Education In Africa Competition.


About The “Champions of Quality Education In Africa Competition”

Vote for the 3 most innovative solutions for improving education in Africa. Take a look at the 14 finalists at the chagemakers website “http://www.changemakers.com“. Under the finalist tab check the box next to each of the 3 projects you want to vote for, then click the Vote button at the top right. The 3 entries that receive the most votes will each earn a prize of USD $5000.

After 4 months of online entry and review, PIN(Paradign Initiative Nigeria) is one of the group of 14 inspiring finalists that have been chosen from 400+ entries from 35 countries to compete in the Champions of Quality Education in Africa contest which is jointly coordinated by Ashoka’s Changemakers and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Voting will be open between August 5th and 19th, 2009.

visit http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/educationafrica,
or
PIN’s website:http://www.pinigeria.org, to vote for “Ajegunle.org. ”

Ajegunle.org, is a model that is designed to create better livelihoods – through ICT opportunities, entrepreneurship training, short-term internships and a Graduate Loan Scheme – for young people in Nigeria’s underserved areas.

Please see a project video (as captured by Nigeria International and screened in various countries) on CNN’s iReport at www.ireport. com/docs/ DOC-14359.

Please go ahead and vote for Ajegunle.org by visiting http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/educationaf rica or through the PIN website (www.pinigeria. org) and also forward the message below to your networks:

Vote Now and Support Ajegunle.org…Proudly Nigerian…Voting closes August 19 2009.

“The Future Movement Nigeria”

It is a team of Change Agents in Nigeria with a desire to create a movement that will deliver the right political leadership for Nigeria at all levels and enlightened (easy to govern, difficult to rule and impossible to enslave) followership.

The Future Movement has a target of enlisting 5 million Nigerians in its database.
I find this initiative a very laudable one which needs to be supported by all Nigerians.
Enough of the blame game,we the people of nigeria especially the youths need to put hands together to release ourself from the failed leadership.

To Register in the the “The Future Movement Nigeria” Database:

http://www.thefuturemovement.org/

Lets Deliver the Future : Yes We Can…We Must…We Will.

Nigerian Youths lets all RISE to the challenge.

“PROUDLY AFRICAN”
‘EXTREMELY NIGERIAN’
‘AUDACIOUSLY GLOBAL”

The UN Worldwide Campaign on Climate Change: Seal the Deal.

Seal the Deal!

The UN-led Seal the Deal Campaign aims to galvanize political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December.

Climate change affects us all. Nine out of every ten disasters recorded are now climate related. That is a scarey fact. Rising temperatures and more frequent floods, droughts and storms are impacting millions of people’s lives. And set against the backdrop of global warming is a global financial crisis. Clearly, planet Earth needs our attention.

On December 7, world leaders will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, to respond to one of the greatest challenges facing humanity: climate change and sustainable economic growth. But how to protect the planet and create a green economy that will lead to long-term prosperity? The negotiations in Copenhagen will need to answer this question. Our existence depends on it.

Reaching a deal by the time the meeting ends on December 18 will depend not only on political negotiations but also on public pressure from around the globe. Public support must be galvanized. To do this, the United Nations has launched “Seal the Deal”, a campaign that encourages users to sign an online, global petition which will be presented to world leaders. The petition will serve as a reminder that world leaders must negotiate a fair, balanced and effective agreement in Copenhagen, and that they must seal a deal to power green growth, protect our planet and build a more sustainable, prosperous global economy that will benefit all nations and all people.

Today is the world Internataional Youth Day…Lets all join our voice to the UN Worldwide Campaign on Climate Change:STAMP YOUR VOTE AND SEAL THE DEAL!

http://www.sealthedeal2009.org

MICA Leadership Summit Africa 2009

The season two of the “Movement for Islamic Cultural Awareness” (MICA) Leadership Summit Africa was held at the National Art Theatre,Lagos,Nigeria on the 1st and 2nd of August 2009.The theme for this years’ MICA Leadership Summit is “Strategiesd,Agility and Resilience in Turbulent Times”.

The Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization
established for the propagation of Islam. It is an association of young Muslim professionals,
graduates and undergraduates. Founded in 1994, MICA came into being as an
antidote to the contemporary social-cultural problems facing Muslims in the corporate world.
MICA members are of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The MICA Leadership Summit Africa is  primarily intended to instill practical but effective ways of developing the individual mind and spirit which will ultimately give an edge in corporate Nigeria.

The event was attended by people from all works of life/industries,the facilitors for the two day event includes:

Day One: “MICA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AFRICA 2009”

  • Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)
    (The Executive Governor of Lagos State
    Topic:Building Mission Critical Leaders
  • Wale Babalakin (SAN)
    Chairman,(Stabilini Visinoni)
    Topic: Accelerating Your Impact.
  • Jubril Saba
    (Zain Nigeria)
    Topic:Pattern of an Extra-Ordinary Career.
  • Raji Olalade
    (Accenture)
    Topic: Getting and Keeping the Job You Want.
  • Kola Osinowo
    (Nokia Nigeria)
    Topic: Brand You!

Mentoring Session with Mr Fola Adeola

Day Two: MICA Leadership Summit Africa 2009

Topic: Team Theories and Team Selection

  • Dr Nafisatu dahiru Muhammed (OON)
    Executive Secretary,National Commission For Nomadic Education.
    Topic:Your Future Starts Now
  • Kamar Bakrin
    (MD,VIOS Energy Principal)
    Topic: The Rules of Work.
  • Jubril Salaudeen
    (MD Scalinia Consulting)
  • Mentoring Session with Imam AbdurRahman Ahmad
    National Missioner,Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria
    Topic:The Morality Matrix: Success,Ethics and Integrity.

The event  featured mentoring sessions,Workshops and Networking.
Laptops(3) and Generator Sets (5) was given out to various people during the event.

The Host of the Event: Hon. Justice Habeeb Wale Abiru.

About MICA
The National Headquarters is in Lagos and its members meet every Sunday
at Crescent Schools, 1004 Flats, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Currently MICA has chapters in Lagos, Kaduna, Abuja and Ilorin.
For More Information on MICA Visit: http://www.micanigeria.org

ASUU Strike :Part one.

On Tuesday June 24 2009, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) began an indefinite strike to protest government’s refusal to endorse a 2006 agreement which among other things would devote 26% of annual budgets to the education sector.

The accord also made provisions for a new salary structure which would have required a N78 billion budget. Government first denied the accord had been inked to make it operational.

Nigeria’s public universities are grounded as the Non-Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Universities have also joined the strike.

Since this latest strike began, many individuals and organisations have intervened. For instance, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said the strike has worsened the deplorable condition in the education sector in Nigeria.

According to the NLC, even though it has acknowledged the recent intervention of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the ongoing negotiation between the Federal Government and ASUU following the strike, it described it as inadequate.

Since the military era, ASUU’s struggles have revolved around the survival of the university system, with three components- the conditions of service (salary and non-salary), funding and university autonomy/academic freedom.

By 1992, the situation of the academic staff on the university campuses in Nigeria had become more intolerable. The drive to leave the universities for foreign countries and the private sector had become, for many lecturers, the solution to the decay in the universities and the demoralisation of university teachers.

The September 3, 1992 Agreement was a product of several negotiations. The Agreement, by providing a periodic view of the funding needs of the universities, allowed universities to plan based on expected funds. It re-affirmed the right of workers to collective bargaining and enabled a more scientific approach to funding the universities.

It also kept the democratic aspiration of the people for democratic rights alive and formed the basis for further struggles by the union for the defence of the university system and for education.
In 1994, the union again went on strike to demand from the government of the late head of state, Sani Abacha, re-negotiation of the Agreement; the re-instatement of the over 80 lecturers whose appointments were terminated at the University of Abuja ; and the de-annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections. But the strike did not succeed, especially because of the political demand in ASUU’s struggles, which caused internal disagreement within the union.

The struggle, which lasted six months, saw the unleashing by government of various tactics, including divide and rule on ethno-regional lines to break the strike.

Salaries were stopped and vice-chancellors were allegedly given money to organise false classes to convince ASUU members and the public that it had broken ASUU’s strike.

It can therefore, be seen that ASUU’s struggle has been on for several years. The government has a duty to ensure that Nigerian students go back to classes.

It is bad enough that no Nigerian university is rated among the Top best universities in the world.