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October 9, 2012

Canada World Youth’s Programs and Best Practices Recognized at Nairobi Conference

Montréal, July 10th, 2012 – Canada World Youth (CWY) is proud to have played an active role at the recent Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace and Development (ACVAPD) held in Nairobi, Kenya at the United Nations Headquarters. In addition to its contributions as member the Conference’s steering committee, CWY participants included 18 volunteers, and 12 youth representatives, from Canada and Africa, attending as part of CWY’s 2012 Regional Learning Forum.

This Conference “seeks to strengthen the role of volunteer action in achieving critical development outcomes related to youth economic and social participation, the environment, health and positive peace”. It focussed on the role played by youth voluntary service and regional volunteer exchange programmes in fostering regional integration and community-centered sustainable development in East Africa.

“Throughout the Conference,” says CWY Interim President and CEO Louis Moubarak, “CWY’s contribution to volunteerism in the East African region was recognized and our youth representatives were able to share our best practices and the lessons learned through our south-south exchanges.”

Youth volunteers from CWY’s south-south exchange currently taking place between Kenya and Tanzania were particularly pleased to participate in an inspiring ceremony to launch the East African Peace Service Corp. CWY’s African partners – Syto-Benin, Syto-Ghana, KENVO (Kenya) and UVIKIUTA (Tanzania) – also attended. The Kenyan and Tanzanian youth honoured Kenyan Prime Minister the Rt. Honorable Raila Odinga by singing to him in both English and Swahili.

Prime Minister Odinga was impressed to see such broad participation from so many different countries in Africa, including the home countries of CWY’s partners. He praised volunteerism for its contribution to the economic development of the East African region, through programs that work to improve the skills of youth and create opportunities for them. He challenged the young participants before him to “reap the demographic dividend” of his country.

His words compounded the already firm resolve of the CWY steering committee and other CWY participants to ensure that the commitments made during this Conference are converted into action and can be extended to other regions in Africa. KENVO, CWY’s partner in Kenya, took up the challenge and agreed to co-chair the development of the environmental track of the East Africa Peace and Service Corps in collaboration with the Safaricom Foundation.

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336, mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org.

Interviews and information (photos available):

Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336
mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org