This is how Boubaca Boureima (President of Niger, Youth Council) described an initiative AVCT organised recently.
AVCT joined the QS World merit global charity to work towards ‘mobilising and supporting young people worldwide to learn, grow and take action for a regenerative future’.
This charity usually only works with University undergraduates in the UK so we were honoured to be the first community youth hub invited to lead a project. The charity paired AVCT with a youth council in Niger, West Africa who were trying to improve literacy levels amongst young children in rural districts.
Our youth hub members and staff mentors designed, filmed and edited 4 films and accompanying work sheets which introduced 6 year olds to basic English vocabulary and phrases. The activities were well received by the children and staff and our partners expressed their hopes for similar cooperative ventures in the future. One participant remarked
‘this has shown me that it is possible for anyone, anywhere to impact positively upon their community’
Beth Eden (CEO of QS World Merit) came to Ellergreen Youth hub to present certificates to the amazing team of young people who had delivered such a successful project. She posted the following on social media;
‘Thank you for the visit, Alt Valley team. Hearing your stories of growth and impact today has left me speechless. What an incredibly passionate, intelligent and empathetic group you are.
You are the leaders for tomorrow and the young people we need in the world’
It was not just the children of Niger that benefitted though; our young people grew in confidence and competence. Listen to Allie outline her experiences of the initiative…