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Youth Activists Programme – Open Minds Young Voices

The 2021 cohort of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Open Minds Young Voices (FES-OMYV) - Youth Activists Programme, which kicked off on March 13, 2021, has reached the sixth (6th) module. So far, the training has taken the participants through modules such as team dynamics, accountable leadership and activism, group facilitation, media and activism, social democracy in context and religion, culture, and politics as unifying factors in Nigeria’s development. There are still nine (9) more modules left.

This year is the 4th year of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Nigeria’s Open Minds Young Voices (FES-OMYV) - Youth Activists Programme. The 2021 training kicked off on March 13, 2021, with 26 young participants (13 females and males each) in attendance.

These nine (9) months intensive training program is designed to provide selected young Nigerians with skills, knowledge, and ethical values. The experience will encourage and enable them to work and advocate for social justice, good governance, and a more peaceful Nigeria.

The application process for the 2021 edition received over 240 applicants from all over Nigeria, with 50 progressing to the interview stage. At the end of the exercise, 26 applicants got selected. This group of young Nigerians, during the training period, will learn, unlearn, and relearn insights across diverse sectors including civil society, labour unions and activism, academia, administration, politics, private businesses et cetera.

Since its inaugural year in 2018, 66 young Nigerians have completed the training.  These youths are working and advocating for social justice, good governance, meaningful youth engagement, social cohesion, and a more peaceful Nigeria in their different spaces.

Until November 2021, this new set of young Nigerians will be exposed to national and international relevant topics, while nurturing the culture of discussion and constructive criticism.

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