Tag Archives: community outreach

Our plan for phase 2

27 May

At the beginning of May we started phase 2 of our African Pilot Project. During this new phase we are introducing a few changes:

Political Map of Africa

Image credit: Wikipedia. Derivative work by Bobarino | Eric Gaba.

All of these efforts require a much stronger organizational structure that is now being coordinated by an Executive Committee responsible for overseeing six other committees.

We’re going to talk with every person who volunteered during phase 1 and encourage them to reach out to us via Skype (iduka.skype) and to re-enroll by filling out this online form. The project officers and I already started making calls and having one-on-one conversations with anyone interested in getting to know more about this new phase and how to start a Local Outreach Chapter or join a National Outreach Council. Be ready to speak up and provide the feedback we need to shape our project across Africa.

If you’re ready to start a Local Outreach Chapter, simply register it here.

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Iduka Partnership with A.I.D. (Advocacy Initiative for Development) in Sierra Leone!

28 Apr

Iduka is proud to announce a partnership with Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID) Organisation based in Sierra Leone. AID began as a youth services agency but, after incredible success, has expanded to encompass broad-based programmes that offer educational and vocational training, advocacy for human rights, and services that promote the development of whole communities.

Founder of AID, Sylvanus Murray, facilitates computer training

AID has now taken on the role of Iduka Field Partner as part of Iduka’s Africa Pilot Project (iAPP), and will have the important responsibility of selecting, supporting and developing Iduka’s scholarship recipients. Mr. Sylvannus Murray (pictured) is the founder of AID and is now a Vice Chair on the Executive Committee for Iduka, assisting student development in West Africa.

As an iAPP Partner, AID has several key responsibilities, including:

  • The selection and submission of students for Iduka’s scholarship scheme
  • Reviewing student candidates that are forwarded by Iduka (local students that have contacted Iduka directly)
  • Personally interviewing student candidates
  • Maintaining records of each student
  • Assisting students with their online profiles and subsequent online profile updates
  • Managing the scholarship moneys that are payable to the educational institution that the student is attending
  • Conducting follow-up interviews to make sure the students are getting all the support they need, and are actively volunteering in their community.

Of course, no student can benefit from Iduka’s education scholarships without a committed Field Partner working within the community to provide the vital student support. Moreover, local Iduka volunteers rely on Field Partners such as AID for leadership, mentoring and opportunities to make a difference. The networks and relationships that will result from the AID-Iduka partnership will create international awareness of the importance of higher education in Africa, and this partnership will also offer more education, skills and livelihood opportunities for students in Sierra Leone.

Sylvanus Murray working with volunteers

About AID:

Sylvanus Murray created AID in with the dream of establishing an organisation that advocates for the rights of humanity and offers services for the holistic development of people and their communities. Initially focusing on programmes such as education, health care, skills training, income generation schemes, youth empowerment and protecting women’s rights, the organisation soon expanded to include:

  • Human rights education
  • Gender and women empowerment
  • Child welfare
  • The eradication of human trafficking
  • Good governance
  • Sanitation and hygiene
  • Peace and security…

… to name a few.

With this level of commitment to the development of African nations it is certain that, together, Iduka and AID (and all of Iduka’s partners) will push forward the post-secondary education agenda in Africa.

Scholarship Recipient Report

13 Apr

Neville  Albert

Neville has found his dream course in Mohamed Amin’s Television and Film Training Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Neville believes his studies will allow him to help give voice to communities like those at the Kakuma refugee camp. “I choose to use my videography skills to help the community.”

Make sure you check out his story here. To invest in students in Southern Sudan, please visit this page.

We appreciate your contribution to Neville’s education!

TO APPLY FOR OUR NEXT SCHOLARSHIP ROUND, GO TO

SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST.

Scholarship Contest Preview

29 Jan

 

Raphael Njararuhi, Somalia Coordinator

Sheripher Dinala, South Africa Coordinator

As the result of the strong engagement and dedication of our intern student volunteers working across Africa, Iduka will soon be announcing two additional scholarships to underserved, underrepresented, and/or underprivileged African students who live and intend to pursue post-secondary education in an African country participating in the Iduka Africa Pilot Project (iAPP).

The registration process will start February 5. Application guidelines for this online scholarship contest will be posted on this blog in the next few days.

YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO US! If you would like to nominate a student or are a student who would like to take part in our next round of scholarships, make sure to pre-register by leaving a comment on our We Media page by February 4. We are using your comments to evaluate your interested in our African scholarship program and the viability of peer-voted contests in Africa.

Current Iduka student volunteer interns who plan to apply are strongly encouraged to indicate their intention by posting their comments on the above mentioned page. As simple comment will be enough, but you may also use this forum to express your opinions about our programs in general and our Africa pilot project in particular. We want to hear from you!

Please stay tuned for more details about this exciting new grant.

Holiday Mail For Heroes

8 Dec

Northern California’s Dublin High School Red Cross Club sent Holiday cards as a project of the Holiday Mail For Heroes 2010 drive promoted by the club. Photos below are of Mariana Martim and some of the other dedicated Dublin High volunteers who made this project possible.

Mariana, Dublin High School

Kaila, Dublin High School

Monica and Sara, Dublin High School

The students enjoyed writing cards to service members, veterans, and their families as part of this initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes.

Rebecca, Rayna, and Jaime, Dublin High School

DHS students writing holiday cards to service members

DHS Red Cross Club members

The holiday cards were designed by Haneef Bhatti, a student at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California and donated to the group by Iduka as part of its student outreach program.

Mailing Holiday Cards

We wish all our service members a Holiday Season filled with joy and happiness.

Thank you for your service!


Volunteer Internship Program (VIP)

5 Nov

Iduka’s Volunteer Internship Program (VIP) operates under the Student and Community Outreach Committee and has two major components: the Iduka Student Volunteer Program (iSVIP) and the Community Volunteer Program (iCVIP).

The VIP is designed to provide current students, recent graduates, and members of the community at large the opportunity to learn about our program while participating in meaningful social projects.

iSVIP

The iSVIP is developed to teach volunteers the practical application of community organization and online engagement to further the cause of post-secondary education and the promotion and revitalization of higher education in Africa.

The iSVIP focus its activities on several approaches, including self study and research on education related issues, computer based learning, but much of the internship is spent learning practical skills through hands on activities related to the tasks students are expected to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

The program teaches skills in two stages and four development phases. Stage 1: preparation and funding; Stage 2: implementation, evaluation, and duplication.

  • During Stage 1, a large part of the volunteer’s time will be spent raising awareness about our program and recruiting online support that is critical to the funding phase of every pilot project.
  • During Stage 2, students are encouraged to interact with Field Partners and provide them training and assistance as needed.

Depending on the skill and experience of the volunteer, the research can cover basic data collection for online posting, or research and analysis of education related data for Iduka’s program and fund development teams.

 

VIP

Student Volunteer Positions Available

Volunteering opportunities are available for students who believe in the transformative power of education and wish to further their post-secondary studies. The volunteering program is available for a select number of students at a time. Students are encouraged to participate in a pilot project that will be beneficial to the supporting of Iduka’s expansion goals, even if that means in volunteering for pilot projects taking place outside student’s geographical area.

We are currently developing a pilot project targeting underserved students attending post-secondary education institutions in specific geographical areas in Africa. To help us in this endeavor, we have the following country coordinator positions available for the following countries:

Central Africa: Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, GabonRepublic of the CongoSão Tomé and Príncipe

North Africa: Algeria, Mauritania, Western Sahara

Southern Africa: Angola

West Africa: Cape VerdeGuinea, Guinea-Bissau

Iduka internships are virtual volunteer positions, that may sometimes require off-line participation in local community outreach events. Though not a paying position, Iduka’s Volunteer Internship Program has many benefits for students. Most notably it gives students who have prior Iduka experience an advantage when they apply for an Iduka Grant.

If you are interested in volunteer, please visit the volunteer! page. We also appreciate your help in spreading the word about these opportunities.

Business Palooza

2 Nov

Angela Lorefice (Secretary) and Joan Barnes (Chair) at a local community outreach event in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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