UNA Tanzania in partnership with CRSIP Berlin are implementing The African UN Youth Delegate Program in Tanzania. The Program is part of a regional movement implemented not only in Tanzania but also in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. The main aim is to increase representation of the youth from the Global South at the United Nations. The program is also set to enhance the work of UN Associations. The project capacitates East African youth and increases their visibility through workshops, skills trainings, and regional meetings fostering innovative learning concepts such as critical thinking which will lead up to the actual representation at the UN General Assembly on the base of a joint vision for the East African region. Moreover, the project aims at fostering knowledge about the UN and its work in the participating countries among a broader youth audience.

Madam Stella Vuzo from The UN Resident Coordinators Office facilitating a session on The UN system in Tanzania.

From 17th to 21st March UNA Tanzania conducted the National Education Assessment for the 20 UN Youth Fellows from Tanzania. The fellows are from 9 regions; Geita, Kigoma, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Unguja, Pemba, Dar es salaam and Coastal region where 10 were male ad 10 were female. Throughout the workshop the fellows were being assessed in order to obtain 2 delegates who will represent Tanzanian youth at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this year.

The UN Youth Fellows from Tanzania on a group presentation

The workshop involved series of sessions; Decision making at the UN and the UN systems particularly in Tanzania and how the UN supports the development mandate in the country, these sessions were facilitated by Madam Stella Vuzo and Nafisa Didi from the United Nations Resident Coordinators Office in Tanzania. A learning exercise on UN decision making conducted by Marisa Mbazi from Redefine. United Nations Associations (UNAs) and how young people can mobilize and offer active support to UNAs, this session was facilitated by Miss Godfrida Magubo from The British High Commission in Tanzania. An interesting session on critical thinking facilitated by Ben Owden to make the UN fellows obtain skills on how to critically contemplate solutions for the most pressing youth challenges. Creating a country/regional vision where the fellows were taken through steps of turning a vision into reality by forming vision, missions and implementation strategies, a session facilitated by Ms. Isabel Muller from CRISP. The last day was graced by Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Tanzania to UN & WTO In Geneva, UN Vienna and UN New York, Hon. Amb. Modest Mero. The ambassador facilitated a session on East Africa representation at the UN: challenges and perspectives.

Hon. Amb. Modest Mero on a  session about East Africa representation at the UN

“It has been a wonderful training concerning the journey of transforming the community and the Continent at large. I and other 19 youth from all over the country we’ve been able to connect and learn to unleash our creativity, knowledge and passion throughout the training. The most important and exciting part was in learning very vital information and skills from the reliable experts who’s doing it in their field and daily life. Thanks to UNA Tanzania and Crisp Berlin for bringing this up and allowing us to learn things directly from the personnel behind the scenes” – Derrick Absalom

Derrick Absalom – UN Youth Fellow at a group discussion during the National Education Assessment