I joined the YPN back in September of 2013; my hope was to align myself with an organization that enforces a message for positive social change. I believe as human beings we all deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life—for most of us, that starts with a quality education. Working alongside my fellow YPN members has been inspiring to say the least—these individuals have shown themselves to be dedicated advocates for equality in education.
Our onus, as educationally privileged members of the world community, is to create a sustainable, scalable solution for bridging the educational gaps to those less fortunate. The Unlock Foundation, in concurrence with the YPN and strategic partnerships, has shown their commitment to this mission time and time again, helping to: build infrastructure, grow leadership amongst local actors, and develop cross-cultural dialogues with our friends in Namibia and Ghana.
I am happy to be a member of the YPN because it affords me the opportunity to be a small part of something much greater than I or any individual—when we rule out an entire enclave of people we handicap our potential as a human race. I am pleased to have learned that major world players and nation states are expressing interest in Africa’s greatest natural resource (not oil or iron-ore). Africa’s people are now being offered the chance, through Indian academic communities, to participate in affordable training programs:
"the Pan-African e-Network project, which allows for affordable university courses offered over the Internet to students in Africa. The Network was set up in February 2009 in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Seychelles. In a second phase, Botswana, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Uganda and Zambia will join. It will be funded to the tune of US$ 125 million and run by state-owned Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL)" (AfricanBrains).
The AfricanBrains article, hyperlinked above, goes into further detail about how 15,000 African students currently enrolled in the program with many more students enrolling all across Africa everyday. I personally find this news hopeful; for one day in the not so distant future, we may find ourselves living in a world community where knowledge barriers no longer exist.