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Youth Achievement Awards 2011 Part 2

Adam MatanAdam Matan is the head of the Anti -Tribalism Movement which aims to eradicate tribalism from amongst the Somali people. They plan to achieve this by educating about the problems with tribalism and by raising up young people to be role models and leaders of tomorrow.

We were very impressed with ATM’s hard work, vision, professionalism and peace building initiative across the world. Adam shared that the injustice and discrimination because of tribalism was preventing his community, as well as other communities suffering the same prejudice, from developing their potential due to revenge, jealousy and obstacles to fulfilling the people’s natural creativity. The Anti-Tribalism Movement aims to educate Somali people about Tribalism and eradicate it from the community in the UK, and in Somalia, promote unity among the Somali people and inspire, empower and energise the future leaders. Report Link

Patrick German spent a gap year with Youth Service International (YSI) and enjoyed it so much that he stayed for another year to have a longer experience of living in Africa.  He shared that his experience of living four months in Ghana had profoundly changed him and had given him the confidence to speak in front of the audience in the House of Lords.

The project consisted of After School Programs, construction of the Discovery Centre (which YSI had begun last year), forums with youth on Patrick German character development, and a trip to Mole National Park. You’ll be able to read a report from one of the team soon on the YSI Utrecht blog. The photos and report of his four months illustrate why a gap year service programme can be so character forming.