In line with its focus, One Young World Nigeria is launching its first project “Adopt a Library”. The aim of this project is to facilitate refurbishment and creation of libraries in public secondary school. This is informed by the recognition of the malaise in the Nigerian education system. By liaising with the general public, volunteers and alliance partners, One Young World Nigeria seeks to organise collections of reference books, textbooks, storybooks and all forms of literary works to be donated for use in these school libraries.
One Young World Nigeria (OYWON) is a movement that was birthed from the One Young World global youth summit held in London from February 8 to 10, 2010. The summit, conceived in 2009, brought together young people from over 100 countries around the world to engage in discussions with forerunners from all walks of life, including Mr. Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on issues confronted by present and future generations. As an outcome, a consciousness was raised amongst delegates at the summit to play active roles in addressing pressing issues faced globally and within their respective countries.
According to a statement issued by Miss Kaidi Eddie-Obiakor, the group’s coordinator, OYWON is a joint initiative of the Nigerian delegates to the summit and other young, intelligent and progressive-thinking individuals passionate about social justice and development. It is a platform that seeks to promote change through projects that integrate principles of creativity, resourcefulness, measurable impact and sustainability at the core. According to her, “the group seeks to create an avenue where everyone – young and old – can be involved in the process of positive change for Nigeria by sharing ideas of projects that are targeted towards improving lives and livelihood. These ideas are built upon and dissected into simple, practical and actionable activities that are easy to carry out in collaboration with OYWON volunteers, organizations with common goals and the general public”. OYWON seeks to engender and promote the culture of “less talk, more action”. “We all know the issues, so let us join efforts to confront and overcome even if one step at a time”, she said.
Further details on the “Adopt a Library” project and other initiatives of OYWON may be found on the group’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/oywon. Be a part of the wave…One Young World Nigeria.
To get involved in current and future OYWON projects, share your ideas or find out more, you can contact us via www.oneyoungworldnigeria.com or through the following numbers: + 234 80 23 32 65 13, +234 80 5557 7642, +234 80 7409 0212, +234 80 37 32 95 29, +234 80 5600 4586, +234 80 60 07 80 28, +234 80 89 59 85 26.