Nyamai, C.M., Mingala, O.J., and Phillips, C. 2009. Sub-regional/Regional Organizations and Popular Social Engineering in Africa: Empowering young people and the spirit of volunteerism (civic service). In: A. Amuwo, H. Pul and I.O. Adadevoh (Eds.) Civil S

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MUNYAO DRNYAMAICHRISTOPHER. "Nyamai, C.M., Mingala, O.J., and Phillips, C. 2009. Sub-regional/Regional Organizations and Popular Social Engineering in Africa: Empowering young people and the spirit of volunteerism (civic service). In: A. Amuwo, H. Pul and I.O. Adadevoh (Eds.) Civil S.". In: Proceedings of the XIIth International Anatomical Congress: London 764 A.; 2009.

Abstract:

One of the critical issues for Community Development, Civil Society action and Governance anywhere and specifically in Africa is to create leaders at the fastest possible rate, at all levels of the society/ community. Such levels of leadership revolve round - skilled, ethical, effective and unifying leadership. Young people are most eager to play a leadership role in these efforts. The values/ benefits of the African young people involvement in Civil Society in the African states will bring energy, catalyze other group members to rethink their priorities, commitment and remove invisible barriers that have kept them from moving forward. Typically and traditionally in many cultures, young people have been excluded from efforts to rebuild their communities. This marginalization of our youth not only harms them and endangers our future, but it also cheats the world of a valuable resource. If we are to function effectively as local and even global communities then we must incorporate all significant voices. This paper argues that an enduring and positive community renewal is possible only if all members are involved and feel a sense of ownership. On the other hand, the spirit of volunteerism by young people helps to create a stable and cohesive society and as a result add value to the services that governments provide. Voluntary action creates bonds of trust and encourages cooperation; in other words it creates social capital. Volunteerism draws people of different ethnic origins, religion and economic status. This compositional aspect enhances social harmony. Voluntary participation in public affairs can also help to create a politically literate public, which is important for the preservation of democratic principles. Volunteer effort is essential to Civil Society action as a way that would enhance community policing and conflict resolution. Service For Peace (SFP) Kenya Chapter as an organization, through its young people empowerment program has the aim to integrate service learning and volunteerism in the processes of capacity development/ building, creating appropriate awareness, dissemination and networking of the youth in the sub-regional and region areas. The Kenyan Chapter serves as a knowledge resource base for periodic value-based training programs on volunteerism.

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