YALA AFRICA YOUNG LEADERS COMMUNITY 2 NESLETTER | AUGUST 2013 www.facebook.com/YalaAfrica
is a Facebook-based movement dedicated to the empowerment of the youth in the African continent. Africa has the fastest growing and most youthful population in the world. With over forty percent of its citizens under the age of 15, and twenty percent between the ages of 15 and 24 - the prospects for advancement in the region are abound with promise. The stage is set for a new generation of empowered, young Africans to lead the way to a better future for the continent; a vision of the future created by those who stand to profit most from it’s success: Africans. Our goals and values are stated in our Document of Principles:
1 We believe that the young generation will lead the way to a
YaLa Young Leaders method has harnessed the catalyzing power of Facebook to affect change and build a community of leaders around the world who are unwilling to blindly accept the status quo, and whose vision for a better tomorrow inspire them to make change a reality. Working upon this already proven method, and partnered with some of the world’s leading institutions of education and innovation, Yala Africa can count on an extensive network of international partners who can be mobilized to provide opportunities and critical support for the movement and its members. Among Yala’s network of supporters are Facebook, Microsoft, HP, Harvard University, Princeton University, MIT, The Clinton Global Initiative, and the Governments of the United States, Italy, and Norway.
better future for the continent .
2 We aim to cooperate with young leaders through social networking.
and be guided by them.
3 A right picture of africa needs to be drawn and expressed to the world by africans.
4 We want to encourage cooperation between people from similar
professional background. in favour of economic development, social care and cultural expression.
5 Sharing of knowledge and education through online systems is extremely significant. the same is true for the Promotion of online health services.
6 Foster african culture in its diversity. 7 Increase the awareness of women›s rights and equality 8 Enhance the international relations within africa. 9 we demand and will work for fair trade, fair investments and fair relations between the world and africa.
Yala Africa believes that by capitalizing on the advancements social networking has brought to world of communication—the potential to connect millions of people across physical borders. We can fashion a PanAfrican movement dedicated to regional solidarity, prosperity, and peace. Through intra- regional collaboration, Africans will be better equipped to deal with the focal issues currently facing the continent. A new class of African social entrepreneurs will emerge, made up of people whose attitudes, shaped by their drive, education and knowledge, converge into a common vision for the future. We want to impact these young leaders by empowering them with the open tools provided by social media. Among the critical success factors for Yala Africa is a proven working model currently in it’s 3rd year: YaLa-Young Leaders. Drawing on our experiences in the Middle East-North African region, where we have garnered the support of over 350,000 people, a dedicated consortium of young activists whose enthusiasm for imparting change in the region has been steadfastly increasing with each year.
Realizing the impact increased Internet penetration has on the success of Africa, we aim for the creation of an online management and technology school. The development of an educated and effective African leadership begins first and foremost with practical edification. Online education has the power to link the best professors, experts and professionals from all corners of the globe, with the mere click of a mouse. Through collaborative regional study and training, Yala Africa aims to create a lasting foundation for positive young leader cooperation, and to strengthen the young generation’s ability to utilize modern-world technologies and networks to their advantage. The promising trends of increased Internet penetration in Africa compound on our propitious circumstances; in the past decade, internet use has increased ten-fold, from only 4.5 million in 2000, to 140 million in 2011, with over 40 million connecting to social media sites such as Facebook. In January 2013, we established a Facebook page with a current following of over 15,000 people from around the continent. It is a forum where ideas are exchanged on a daily basis, on issues ranging from education, health care, gender-equality, politics, culture and art. Along with the daily flow of ideas, we have organized several theme-based discussions on specific issues through the lenses of African culture: education, poetry, and an upcoming photography contest. These events aim to mobilize the membership base and provide tangible benefits to the young leaders, rousing in them the confidence to believe that change is within their grasp.
YALA A 50,000
Yala A fr 50,000 ica is a panm A our pa embers in Ju frican faceb ge bring ly 201 ook ba 3. to talk s , excha together yo With memb sed moveme ers un nt ng art, ed ucation e and learn g African lea from over 10 which reach de ed and ne A from e ws. ach oth rs and create frican countr ie In June er abo s ut topic the opportun s 2 ity FORW 013 Yala A s such fric AR as hea lth, ANOTH D. The 10 be a launched st photo its first ER AFR IC sw Photo of wee Contest ks. The A. Over 50 p ill soon be p ub hotos w un judges ere sent lished in the der the nam of the compe onl e to Yala tition a Africa ine Magazine re all p in only rofessio nal pho a couple tograp hers.
Since th e begin under ing of July 20 the slo 13 ga is to in crease n: WE FIGH , Yala Africa ra T aware to get ness re AIDS TOGET n an AIDS aw te gardin areness HER. Th quizze sted and to g th e ca s and promo pe te resp is difficult to goal of this mpaign Memb p ers als rsonal stori es abo onsible beha ic, to encour campaign o answ persona age pe er daily vior. V ut AID l thoug S are ideos, o questio to the hts and poste comme ple ns ca ex rcials Africa mpaign as w periences. about AIDS/ d daily on Th the pa , HIV and A a ge opport IDS awarene s visible with e members re ta lk a bout th . unity to ss cam sponde their ex e p d learn, talk and aign gives th tensive partic incredibly w ir ipation. ell ousand inform s Th each o Yala ther ab of young Afr e Yala phot Africa be og Ano raphy co lieves in out the ic therA frica ntest, on the pow scourg ans the er , and th e of AID on th e theme of art to e Ya of «F brin la A S. frica orward» g peop le Fa . Th
The fr uitf bigger ul first mont hs sc The Ne ale projects. of Yala Afr lson M ica’s ex andela Acade istence my Depart natura m order to which 200 lly lea Arab a ent for Peace d to ne ta ke online Mic hig w course nd Israeli stud will be part an, Va s hoste o nderbilt e f best ve nt th s partic e YaLa d by th . The hicle fo ip Online e a Univers motto o ted in r imple studies. it la f ie th m st s of Pri The de enting e acad practit nceton, year in ioners partment will peace. It als emy holds th and aca o aims at educ Harvard, East, th host co to ati de e ur leaders former Yugo mics who we ses from inte further enha on is the nc sla re activ rn who a e in pe ational pea e peace and w re well via, Ireland ,a ho acema cemake ve ki rs will als se experienc rsed in truc s well as Rw andan ng in the Mid , e, reco es are o invo and So dle nciliati lve onl Nelson of gre on uth ine at M good g andela Dep courses fro learning va and forgivene African lu m o a ss entrep vernance whi rtment for p the best Am e for the stud tactics reneur ship, ca ch includes co eace will als erican Unive ents. We o have tered fo rsities. urses o The n mana a dep r Afric an Stu dents. gement, gove artment of rnance and
to ok pa e winning gether an ge. d subm issio inspire ch ns. w ill be ange. W featur e have ed on re the A cently la frica n Art unched a mag azin e
30.0 YAL AA Y OUN
Wor ds mem are so bers pow and poem were in erful an vi d s. So me of ted to sh inspiring are . them even their fa Yala Afri shar ed th vorite qu ca›s eir ow ot n wor es k.
On M wasn› arch 8 th mad t enough e world e a who history to celebr celebrat es high le wee in Africa ate all th women k. lig biog hted on During , so we e great w . One da raph ies, an e women Women decided omen w y ho ›s to ev d qu otes. ery day week Ya dedicate with la pictur Africa es, sh ort
We ca ensu nnot ov ring er Afri the fu stress ca th projec n leader ture su e impo cc rtanc s. crea ts invo We focu ess of e of te ou th lv r ow ing educ sed on e next educatio ongo ge n on n line ation, ing an neratio in an educ n of d up ation d we have coming cent re. plan s to
FR EAD IC A E
We ar mem e very ex be on th rs, in cited to on an deve e core va ly 3 mon nounce lo The pment lues have ths. Yo that this an in w ung and itiative d social come peop eek our to op cr Thro inions eates a cooperat gether in le from YalaAfri ugh pl on th io the se all over ca com Afri this e wid atform fo n. m arch th ca in of a e contin unity ha The ns will tra-regi e-rang r an op s re e on bright fu en en be our id ture will better al colla of issue and on er fu t, who se ached 30 bo s eq ea ture ,000 be fa cing going di Along s, and dete uipped ration, base e eye to al rm ou d on ey on sp with th by suppor ined by to deal and shap r gene ogue, a crea e w plac ratio ed by tive upco ecific iss e daily ting one these sm ith the their n of yo e to sh fo ming flo ue an are al ca drive, ung prov phot s throug w of id other in l steps, l issue Afri our vi ed id chan e tangib ograph h the le eas, we our co by bein s current ucation can le ews y m ad ge g https:/ is with le benefit contest. nses of have or mon visio aware ly facing and crea ers. of Afri tiv ga in s th Th /ww w.fa their gr to the yo ese ev can cu nized se n for a be the issue e contin ity, cebo as ok.c p. Her ung lead ents aim lture: womveral th tter futu s, by sh ent. e aring om/Y em re er alaA is a prev s, rousin to mob en, educ e-base . ili d iew frica of so g in them ze the ation, po discus sions mem me of et th ry e We be bers , an co the di lieve scus nfidence hip base d an We that sions aim to to co the youn foun believe and A rig op er g d on ht pic ate wi generation our sit that ture We want of afr th yo will e... ung ica of to lea
econ enco d the need leade s to wa rs th Shari omic de urage be dr co roug y to a be aw the ng of kn velopmen operat ion be n and ex h social tter futur Pr ow netw pres e for Foste omotion ledge an t, social twee sed to or the co care n pe of on r d ed the wo king. an op an ntine Incre african uc line d be healt ation thr d cultu le from nt as rld by Enha e the aw culture h serv ra simila ou africa guided ices. gh onlin l expres r pr by th we de nce the areness in its di ns. ofes e syste sion. em. mand inter of wo versity siona na ms is . me and l back will tional re n›s rig extre grou work mely lation hts an nd. in for fai d signifi s favo r tra within equality cant. ur de, fai afric the same r inv a. estm is tru ents e for and fair relati Our ons Co betw share re Grou een the wo are ex the value p is comp rld an Anno tremely s and vis osed of d afr pr ica. this r Wiafe ecious ion of Ya 20 youn wo g as cons rld.But Stephen sets fo la Afric African r a. cio s Hateg us effor illiterac «We (Afri the page Their ex hailing y . fro perie drive eka Mos t to educ and lac cans) sh nce m 6 dif ould ate ev k of Yala es in va fer se be Afric «open rious ent coun ery up the Afric lf confide lieve an a to dif tri feren es grea an ter.» door the at lesse nce are d rely on t fields . Those our youn n an and grea our own d tog r costs» their g leade t ob ether enthu rs stacle ideas.W we em siasm s.The e have bark all best on cre solut it takes ating ion is to to rule trans form make ation a al ini tiativ es an d
poetry week leadership figures talking about education «forward» photo contest creating core group AIDA awarenes campaign
According to the FAO, “Clinical trials have shown that spirulina can serve as a supplementary cure for many diseases. Spirulina capsules have proved effective in lowering blood lipid level, and in decreasing white blood corpuscles after radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as improving immunological function” (FAO, 2008, p. 18). Also test studies on malnourished children, such as the study on a child nutrition center in Bangui (Central African Republic) have shown significant improvement in the health conditions of patients aged from 0 to 5 years old. According to the center’s manager Dr. Picard, “These first results reveal the benefits of spirulina to tackle malnutrition problems, even in severe cases. This product is easy to use and well accepted by mothers when it is properly explained” (Antenna, 2012, p. 6). Another study done on 60 schoolgirls in India found that a daily intake of 1 gram of spirulina can even improve their intellectual performance. In Burkina Faso, a study on 170 children of whom 84 are tested HIV-positive, concluded that the treatment with locally produced spirulina led to a “particularly positive impact on the nutritional rehabilitation of HIV-infected children” (Antenna, 2012, p. 7). Outlook:
Spirulina Yala Africa and the Spirulina Algae One of Yala Africa’s goals is to help fight hunger and malnutrition, two of Africa’s main burdens. Malnutrition is defined “as a pathological state arising from the prolonged use of food that does not supply all the elements necessary for health. In developing countries, malnutrition is the cause of many harmful consequences for young children: increased risk of mortality, weakened immune system, delayed motor development, diminished cognitive capacity and school performance” (Antenna, 2011, p. 3). This is why we would like to draw more attention to the spirulina algae in order to increase the consumption of this food supplement with incredible health benefits, including the potential to fight malnutrition which affects around 239 Million people on the African continent of which the majority are children. At least half of the 9 ,10 million child deaths each year are due to hunger and malnutrition (FAO, 2012). Yala Africa, like several other non-governmental organizations such as Antenna have recognized the importance of increasing the cultivation of spirulina in order to help fight malnutrition. “The Antenna Technologies Foundation is an international organization whose goals are to identify, develop and favor the diffusion of efficient technologies that are suitable for populations with limited resources. In order to fight against malnutrition, Antenna Technologies has developed tools and trainings especially adapted to the local production of spirulina in a sustainable way.Today, Antenna Technologies is involved in spirulina programs in about twenty African and Asian countries” (Antenna, 2012, p. 15). Historical background: The Spirulina Algae is a blue-green algae that exists as a single-celled organism turning sunlight into life energy. It is one of the first life forms designed by nature more than 3.6 billion years ago. Spirulina has been singled out for its nutritional benefits and has been first discovered by the Aztecs who made cake from it. The Spanish invaders who conquered Mexico observed local fishermen collecting the algae with fine nets. Also North Africans consumed the blue-green algae centuries ago, collecting it from natural waters, drying it and using it as an addition to sauces. Health Benefits: The spirulina algae is known for its incredible health benefits, including its potential to fight chronic malnutrition by providing the consumer with high amounts of: • Proteins, which amount between 70-60 % of its dry weight • Amino acids • Vitamins A, B12, C, E • Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc
Yala Africa aims to set up spirulina micro-farms in Rwanda and Uganda. Supporting the creation of small-scale local businesses decreases dependence on existing expensive products, creates jobs and encourages self-sufficiency. Thus, communities who have their own spirulina production compounds can distribute it to the local community and therefore fight malnutrition independently and without high cots. At the same time products could be exported. The demand for spirulina in the West is growing rapidly due to its nutritional benefits, which is why local production in Africa could increase trade revenues. The fact that the building of a spirulina micro-farm is relatively easy is another factor which makes us believe that we need to support its spread. Spirulina grows best in hot, even desert countries and needs a lot less water than any other agricultural crop. After setting up the infrastructure for a farm which includes training, premises, water supplies, electricity, fences and computer hardware, the local population is able to maintain the facilities independently. Currently, there are around 50 spirulina farms in developing countries and Africa provides perfect conditions for spirulina farming which is why Yala Africa would like to actively increase spirulina production and consumption in order to fight malnutrition. Yala Africa strongly believes that besides raising awareness and creating a platform of dialogue through social networks, it is of great importance to initiate ground projects which can benefit local African communities. The creation of a spirulina micro-farm appears to be a project which encourages local production and therefore creates employment and trade incentives. At the same time, spirulina offers invaluable health benefits which can help fight malnutrition. This will positively affect the immune system, intellectual development and overall well-being. Too much time has passed since the discovery of the algae and its cultivation on the African continent. Yala Africa aims to take a step towards the future. Sources: Habib, M.A.B., Hasan, M.R., Huntington, T.C. & Parvin, M. (2008). A review on culture, production and use of spirulina as food for humans and feeds for domestic animals and fish. FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES. Hug, C. & V.D. Weid, D. (2011). Assessment and prospects. Spirulina in the fight against malnutrition. FONDATION ANTENNA TECHNOLOGIES.
Published on Jul 20, 2013