By Beltha Mokube – Thursday March 28, 2019.
The legacies of Presidents Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela through the YALI program has been imported to the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde, National Telegraph has been told.
The Happy Women Happy Child (HWHC), an organisation founded by a YALI Mandela Washington Fellow based in Cameroon invited a Regional leader; a First Aid Trainer and Provider, Ngweka Queen Asanji from Accra, Ghana for a special training, the organizer has told National Telegraph.
According to Hilary Nyusemo Chin, Ghana Institute Management and Public Administration – GIMPA as the Ghanaian organisation that is based in Cameroon is called joined his Happy Women Happy Child (HWHC) for them to both spread a campaign on First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – CPR.
Reports say over twenty-five (25) Young First Aid and CPR leaders were trained and certified during the special training from Friday March 22 to Saturday March 23, 2019 in Yaounde at the National Youth Council Hall in Nouvelle Route Omnisport, around Felydac Hotel.
This program was sponsored and currently monitored by Mandela Washington Fellowship, the United States Of American, the Pollination Project and IREX, Hilary told National Telegraph Washington Service by phone.
The Goal of this training is to empower young Cameroonians in all communities across the Region with emergency skills that can be used to save lives during an accident anywhere and anytime, Hilary noted.
According to the organizer, the training would also help divert the idea of always focusing on taking pictures during accidents to focusing on helping victims to reduce deaths and worsening injuries.
We all know that our doctor to patient ratio in Cameroon is really challenging therefore we all must put our hands on deck to save our communities from trauma related injuries, dying etc, he said.
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has it on her Regional Leadership Centre, West Africa website that YALI was launched by the United States Government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
The YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa seeks to empower young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 from Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, who are ready to embrace leadership and work hard to transform their countries.
The YALI Emerging Leaders Program teaches young African leaders about modern leadership. The program is divided into four phases – a coursework phase delivered online and the remaining 3 phases distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report-writing period.
Focusing on the coursework phase, it entails three core courses (Leadership and Accountability, Ethics, and Contemporary issues affecting Africa) and one elective course selected from a sample of three courses covering three themes, namely Entrepreneurship, Public Policy and Management, and Civil Society Management.
Nearly one in three Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of African’s total population is below the age of 35. Consequently, former American President Barack Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support Young African Leaders as they spur growth and prosperity , strengthen democratic governance and peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Other reports suggest YALI is a leadership program that is established across Africa and The United States of America, where Young Africans including Cameroonians are being trained on Leadership, Ethics and Accountability, which have been identified as problems in the African Leadership environment and need to be addressed.
Today we see both Mandela Washington Fellows of the Nelson Mandela Legacy collaborating with Regional Leaders of the Barack Obama Legacy for one goal (shaping the current and future generation of young African Leaders) under the sponsorship of the United States Government and other world partners, Hilary concluded.