Even though we did not have any plans to include Nigeria into our project, we decided to add one more country, the 7th and last country of the project. Two of our members, Marilena and Konstantinos, were selected as African Delegates; representing Ghana, to participate in the Changemakers’ Room 2018 Africa Edition which took place in Lagos on 15th-22nd of July 2018.
But what is Changemakers’ Room 2018 Africa Edition all about? It is a six day long Training Forum, gathering some of the most promising grassroots practitioners, socially active youth workers, social entrepreneurs, activists and community leaders from across Africa and Europe to identify local and international problems, ideate solutions, build long-lasting partnerships and develop international mobility projects creating interventions in response to those issues. We were in total 35 participants from Africa and Europe and we gathered all together in Lagos to work and collaborate with the aim to create projects to be implemented in the near future.
The first day of the Training we met public figures of Nigeria who discussed with us about the Training but also gave us an idea of what is going on in Nigeria. Worthy to mention that among them, there was the Honourable Segun Olulade, Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Mr. Emmanuel Etim, consultant of the Africa Union and candidate for the next elections in Nigeria in 2019.
The next days of the Training we focused more on the practical plan of the Training, attending sessions from early in the morning till the night focusing on creating interventions and projects by identifying problems across the globe. All together we identified the problems and voted for those that we were willing to focus more deeply the next dates. Divided into teams according to our interests, we started working hard and creating solutions on these specific problems. Apart from the development of the projects, field visits were also plan of the Training. We visited Bariga Local Council Development Area where Hon. Kolade Davis Ajayi, Chairman of the LCDA integrated us in the plans he has for the people of Bariga. We also visited the Lagos State Secretariat at the Ministry of Youth and Social Development where we discussed with the Commissioner of Youth regarding the development of Youths in Lagos State and in Nigeria. W had also the chance to meet with the Lagos Man of the year 2017, Dr. Akindele Adebola and his company Courteville Business Solutions PLC, he inspired us by sharing his plan of success through the years.
We were also selected to participate in the Change Talk session and present to the rest of the delegates our project, its objectives and the impact so far. We decided to be involved in the development of an educational project along with delegates from Nigeria, Portugal and Democratic Republic of Congo. Six days full of training, networking, discussions among Changemakers from Africa and Europe. All these days we met unique youth workers working on educational projects, with similar objectives and we tried to find the way to join forces and co-create something all together. Amazing experience by all perspectives, the place, the people, the Training offered to us invaluable knowledge and experience.
But our activities in Nigeria did not stop there, we traveled to the city of Ibadan in order to visit the Institute of African Studies in the University of Ibadan. We implemented a Training on Erasmus+ and Opportunities abroad. We presented Erasmus+ to the Board of the Institute of African Studies early in the morning and later on to the students of the Department. The students and the academic staff expressed their interest regarding Erasmus+ and engaged us into a fruitful discussion.