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Exemplary Citizens

Empowering students through counselling and orientation to help match their passions with careers to eradicate unemployment and poverty.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Our project is called exemplary citizens. It consist of doing counselling and orientation to high school students to enable them discover their passion and therefore choose careers based on their passions. Lecture them civic education to enable the students be law abiding citizens, also have a sense of belonging to their communities and therefore get involve in participative community development. Lecture them on time management to enable the students to be time conscious in all the things they do in their daily life. The main challenge this project is to solve is the problem of high unemployment in our community, lack of work passion among the working class and lack of will to be part of community development. All this result from the lack of counselling and orientation in our educational system. This make the students to choose careers not out of passion but by parental or peer influence. Upon graduation just 2/10 are recruited by the government and the rest are left to fend on their own. At this point in those recruited by the government hardly do their work passionately leading to low productivity. Those that are left out have academic skills which do not match with their passions and they find it very difficult to create jobs or be easily integrated in the society. This makes them to become frustrated and lost hope for the country. After looking at this situation and analyzing it well, the project Exemplary citizens is the only solution to empower a new generation of passionate, creative and law abiding citizens.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are 1.000 students ages 15-25 in ten high schools within a period of eight months. Ten high schools with a minimum of 100 students each are identified in September and with the approval of the principals the different schedule of the encounter with students are made. A team of youth volunteers with expertise in counselling, orientation, civic education and time management visit the schools (two per day) to lecture the students for two hours on three different phases in the three different terms of the year. First weeks of October, February and May. First phase in the first week of October: How to identify my passion, civic education and time management. Second phase in the first week of February: which career suits my passion, civic education and time management and Third phase in the first week of May: which institution can train me to match my passion and my career, civic education and time management.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The idea of our organization is unique in the sense that we are the first and only organization in my country working on counseling and orientation to make students discover their passion, choose institutions that will train the students to match their passion with their careers in order to reduce unemployment, poverty, frustration and loss of hope for the country in a long run. Other organizations work to enable the students pass well with high marks, offer scholarships without wanting to know what the students passion are and this does not really change the trend of things. The unique advantage we have is that we have been working on this for 3-5 years and we know what can work and can’t work. So our work does not solve the problem of unemployment from the branch causes but rather from the root cause of the problem. To eliminate unemployment and poverty in a long run.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

ROBOGA (Royal Boys and Girls of Africa) is a youth empowerment non for profit organization with as objectives to reduce unemployment and poverty through counselling, orientation, civic education, human rights and educating youth on agriculture and livestock. Our organization has 5 staff and for the past four years has recieved 20 volunteers working within period of 3-6 months.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

What inspired me to start this project is the fact that I went through primary school, secondary, high school and university for a total of 21 years without ever meeting a counsellor and so the academic fields I choose was just out of my own imagination and peer influence without no one to guide me. This is the situation with millions of youth in my country deeply trapped in unemployment because of wrong academic choices. Is time we act or unemployment and poverty will lead us to civil unrest.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

With world population on the raise, there is an increase in the demand of everything with jobs not left out. The high level of unemployment is not because the jobs are not there but because of the lack of orientation at the basic level. This lead to high unemployment and poverty leading to much frustration, lawlessness and loss of hope for the nation by citizens. Counselling, orientation and civic education remains the only means to bridge this great gap for the prosperity of the community and country. With youth volunteers with expertise in the above fields ready to assist build a positive country with creative, patriotic and law abiding citizens, it is nothing but very important to do so now.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The key partners we shall be the schools where we have the students, the administrative partners shall be the Divisional delegation of secondary education and the divisional delegation of youth affairs and civic education. The technical partners shall be the Cameroon National Civic Service Agency for Participation in Development and finally the Cameroon National Youth Council. The first two partners which are administrative partners are to ensure what we are doing is in conformity with the law. The two technical partners are to see our work is well done and the students to know much about the organs which are created for youth socio-economic empowerment. In our previous activities the accord of the above structures has always help us work well and easily.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Our organization ROBOGA has 5 staff and since the last five years has recieved 20 volunteers working within a period of atleast 3-6 months, 5 youth from other organisations for mentorship. 10 youth and experts volunteer on very temporal period of 3-5 days when needs arises.

Geographic Focus

Yaonde 6 Sub division, Mfoundi division, Central Region, Cameroon for the first year.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

Our project last for a period of 9 months which makes up the academic year for us to complete with our target of 1.000 students in ten different schools. In the next academic year the same project goes on cognizance to the fact while the students of the previous year graduate to university, new students come to high and so on. 36 months is enough time for us to complete with 3.000 students for a better future.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Ozuluonye Shedrack

Hello Nkemcha Martin,

Great ideas are better initiated and shared by experienced mind like you: What ii the reaction of the first users, do they enjoy the training? What is the training guide like (Content of training materials). I hope to see a successful similar idea in Nigeria.

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Hello Ozuluonye Shedrack, thanks for this great concern. the respond of the first users have been very intersting and most of them return for testimonies and vouluteer to train the others. Because of limited space i could not write every details. Our content is counselling, orientation, civic education and human rights prepared by experts of this domain in relation to todays and future realities. It will be pleasure if we partner to work in Nigeria to have exemplary citzens for a better Africa. please do visit our facebook page for more infos. thanks.

Photo of Ozuluonye Shedrack

Hello, Many thanks for taking the time to respond in key areas. I once worked with an NGO (AFRICAN COMMUNITY BRIDGE FOUNDATION) and have some hands on training guide/ Materials  to share with you and your team as we progress. The link was helpful and I hope to partner with your team too. I thinks things like vocational training should be a plus.
Thinks like Livestock management, Tailoring, DSTV installations, etc.

Photo of Ozuluonye Shedrack

Hello, I just came across an idea similar to yours:

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visited the site. yeah is educating but i see much differences . however was good reading such a great approach too.