It was T4NA’s values, which attracted Edmundo the most, especially the value of unity and the young people’s commitment to change Africa.
“The idea that the youth in Africa can more actively contribute to the change of their countries and continent’s situations is really beautiful. I believe it's possible,” he said.
“Africa has a background of leaders who really made a difference for our generation, who really seemed to have believed in values like Ubuntu and the whole idea that ‘we are because the others are as well’. And together, we are much stronger than just one,” he said.
He acknowledged that African countries have a lot of similarities in the political, social and economic challenges they face, as well as the ways in which the leaders in these countries address the challenges.
With a background in Psychology, Mr. Edmundo is a teacher with an experience in doing podcasts. He expressed his eagerness to share the experience he had gathered in his career with others on the T4NA initiative.
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Edmundo has been working with the youth at Youth Association for Solidarity since 1999, an opportunity he said has seen him grow his leadership skills.
“I have learned a lot about governance, advocacy, human rights and participation, and all those topics. And I think this experience can be of some value for this project,” he said, highlighting the skills he has gathered from the Community-based organization (CBO) that was formed as the country came out of war.
The youth at the CBO create citizenship awareness and work in other areas, including health, and social advocacy to increase the involvement of the community in the government's decisions. The organization has been supported by USAID, the American Embassy, among other development agencies.
“We allow the youth to explore their talents, mostly art, and try to encourage them to use their God-given gifts in music, dancing, to represent our culture, and make a living while at it,” Edmundo told ACI Africa during the September 29 interview.
He said that T4NA gives participants “an interesting networking opportunity to connect with other Africans, to learn more about other countries to understand the common points, the common challenges and how we can exchange resources, experiences, knowledge and insights and encouragement.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.