It is with great pleasure that Communities Without Boundaries International, Inc. announces the launch of the Youth Without Boundaries program at the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria (AUST). AUST’s President, Dr. Wole Soboyejo and CWBI’s President Johnny J. Mack launched the program at the Abuja based campus today, January 13, 2012.
The African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria is the first of the Nelson Mandela Institutions (NMIs) established to foster scientific excellence and leadership within the African continent and is sponsored by The World Bank and the African Development Bank (for more information about the African University of Science and Technology, please visit http://aust-abuja.org/).
The launch of the Youth Without Boundaries program at AUST is testament to the vision of both Mr. Mack and Dr. Soboyejo, and marks the blazing of a new trail with the goals of fostering peace and development through youth leadership and scientific and technological excellence. This program will provide Africa’s next generation of engineers and scientists with opportunities to take their classroom learning to the real world, helping them to develop and implement projects in communities across Nigeria and the African continent. YWB will also provide Africa’s next generation of scientists with occasions to develop partnerships and projects with CWBI’s other Youth Without Boundaries members across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States and Europe.
During the past week CWBI staff have carried out five days of peacebuilding and nonviolence training for approximately seventy students in AUST’s masters and PhD programs. The diverse group of students attending the training comes from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. This phase of the training will conclude on January 20, 2012.
Present at the launch of the YWB program at AUST were Dr. Boubou Cisse, liaison between the World Bank and AUST, Maneshka Eliatamby, CWBI’s chief program officer, and program coordinator for West Africa, Bouba Keita.