Name of organization:
Champions of the Society, Nigeria
Description of the organization:
“Champions of the society” is a membership-based non-governmental youth organization that promotes a more peaceful and happier Nigeria. There are currently 85 members spread across 36 states of the country. Key areas of work include: youth education (face-to-face and online), advocacy for youth involvement in decision-making processes, youth rights education and activism, cultural promotion, capacity-building programs for youth, and training in youth leadership and entrepreneurship.
This project developed an intensive 30-day training program, which brought together 40 youth leaders from across Nigeria, in order to increase their knowledge and skills related to cultural and religious tolerance. The program fostered cross-cultural, inter and intra-religious integration; Provided economic empowerment through leadership and entrepreneurship training; Supported participants in educating at least 100 other youth leaders in their respective community; Placed participants, as a cultural exchange opportunity, on a two-week internship in different cultural and religious settings, villages and organizations across the country. One of the project managers mentioned; “With the support received from the Youth Solidarity Fund, we have brought a new line of thought into our community in Nigeria in terms of our ethno-religious integration and relations…training, internship and knowledge transfer….Another impressive aspect of the Tolerance Academy was the internship Program, during which Muslim participants were placed on internships in churches and Christian participants were placed on internships in Mosques. These allowed for cross-learning opportunities between the two religions. This was interestingly unique as people could not believe that we did it! Indirectly, about 10,000 young people have been reached. This impact is already manifesting in terms of stereotype diffusion, inter-religious cooperation, as well as policy influence.”