Nairobi, 05 January, 2020 / 7:29 pm (ACI Africa).
Participants in the just concluded nine-day program bringing together 100 participants from seven African countries under the initiative “Together for a New Africa” have pledged to foster transformative leadership and promote a culture of unity in their respective communities.
“We, young leaders from Eastern Africa – Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda –, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), along with participants from other countries, our tutors, lecturers, students of Sophia University Institute, and program coordinators, held our Second Summer School of “Together for a New Africa” (T4NA) at the Mariapolis Piero in Nairobi from December 28 -January 5, 2020,” the participants stated in a communique sent to ACI Africa on the last day of their program Sunday, January 5.
The participants highlighted their commitment, after days of deliberations about their African identity and leadership, and expressed their individual and collective dedication “to the task of bringing about transformative leadership in our communities, our countries and our continent and by so doing, transform not only Africa but the whole world.”
T4NA is an initiative of former students of Sophia University Institute run by the Focolare Movement. Created for training young African leaders to promote peace and unity on the continent, the initiative is in line with the core values of the Italy-based university, the mission of UNESCO and the African Union Agenda 2063 on good governance and democracy.
Convened under the theme “African Identity and Leadership for Unity,” the forum “helped us to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves as individuals, as the people of Africa, and as human beings sharing a common identity with the entire humanity,” the participants stated in their collective communique signed.