12 Mar 2013

Voice Africa’s Future Programme launched in Uganda

On Wednesday 6th March 2013, the Uganda Voice Africa’s future Team launched the continent-wide youth led initiative at Makerere University Business School. Thanks to the Makerere University United Nations Association of Uganda Chapter Which hosted the emphatic event. At the event, the local SMS code and number was also launched.
If you are 35 years and below, sms the word Post2015 to 8282 to share their vision for a better Uganda and Africa. Sms is FREE
The continent-wide program seeks to enable youth participation in the post2015 consultations through mobile platform. Le by African Monitor Trust and Text for change the program is being implemented in Uganda by the Inter-Faith Action for Peace ion Africa-IFAPA Youth Desk in collaboration with local youth organisations such as UNESCO- Uganda Youth Desk, National Youth Council, Busoga Youth development Association, Allied Youth Initiative, Action Aid Uganda, Restless Development- Uganda, and CIVICUS Uganda. In Uganda, the target is to collect 15,000 youth voices while on the continent level the target is 150000 youth voices between march 2013- September 2013.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Matama Rogers (Patron UNAU- MUBS chapter) a lecture and  representative of the University administration at the launch stressed the importance of youth voices in shaping Africa’s future he said “during the design of the MDGS that expire soon (2015), there wasn’t such consultation from the people whose generation were the immediate target… Some how at some stage, some people thought and acted on our behalf, now the youth more that before, you have a lifetime chance to influence and get deeply involved in Africa’s future for you and the generations to come. Share your voice and vision now.”
The Uganda Voice Africa’s future working team has already drawn up a weekly program to involve the media, carry our a country caravan to reach local grass roots youth in other universities, secondary schools, local/village youth clubs, cinema holes “ commonly known as “bibanda” where local cinema and weekend soccer games are shown, markets, trading centers and towns. Final consultations with national youth council to provide the team with the national youth van are underway.
This week, the team will proceed to Makerere University Main Campus, before it proceeds to western Uganda’s based Mbarara University of science and Technology. After a round of all universities, secondary schools and other technical institutions will be covered together with “bibandas”, local youth groups and clubs, markets and town centers. Media programs such as live and recorded TV and radio shows are being highly considered. Watch this space for regular updates. Also visit our official face book page- Voice Africas Futurelocal/Uganda page, follow us on twitter @voiceafricasfutor Website
The program is also being implemented by members of the African Youth Decade Alliance in Ethiopia- Talent Youth Association, Tanzania- No One Left Behind Tanzania, Ghana-Ghana Youth Advocates, Botswana- Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa, Malawi- Northern Youth Networking Organisation, Zambia. Civil Society MDGS/GCAP Zambia, and Bokinafaso- Western Africa Youth Networks, Kenya Organisation of African Youth.
SMS the Ward Post 2015

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N/sCountrySMS WardNetworkSMS to
1GhanaPost2015MTN700
Vodacom1904
Airtel1904
Expresso1904
2EthiopiaPost2015All networks8448
3BotswanaPost2015All networks15444
4KenyaPost2015All networks4127
5TanzaniaPost2015All networks15014
6UgandaPost2015All networks8282
7South AfricaPost2015To be confirmed
8BokinaFasoPost2015To be confirmed
9MalawiPost2015To be confirmed
10ZambiaPost2015To be confirmed