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2020-08-12 Project News

WE AfriHug Project brings Africa and Europe closer.

Within the frame of this Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA) – project taking place from January 1st until April 7th, African and European Youth together implemented Capacity Building Training Seminars in Togo, Benin, and Nigeria - with a total of 579 beneficiaries - creating knowledge and networks within the Higher Education Institutions and Civil Society environment.

  Konstantinos Loukianos Maragkos

WE AfriHug is an ESAA-project implemented by Youthmakers Hub. It is an educational project implemented in Africa every year since  2018, with a different edition. Our framework goes along with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) with a focus on goals number 4 and 17. Our framework goes along also with the African Union Agenda 2063 with a focus on Aspirations numbers 1 and 7.

Vision: To bring closer Africa & Europe

Mission: To empower youth, provide capacity building & foster synergies between African and European Institutions

Values: Thinking global - acting local, Afrocentric approach, collaboration, co-creation, and respect for local communities.

Our objectives are first to promote Erasmus+ opportunities to Higher Education Institutions and Civil Society Organisations in African countries. Second, to build the capacity of board members, academic staff, students, and youth workers for participation in Erasmus+. Third, to create synergies between African and European Institutions.

WE AfriHug 2020 took place during the period between the 1st of January until the 7th of April 2020 in three African countries: Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. It was a multi-organisational partnership between Youthmakers Hub, garagErasmus4Athens, Around The Good World, Live media, Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA) Greece, ACET Togo, AIESEC Benin, theSpace - Benin, Impact Foundation for Youths Development (Nigeria), The Bridge Leadership Foundation (Nigeria).

In total, the project implemented ten activities in the framework of the project: 2 Preparatory Meetings with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), 4 Erasmus+ Training Seminars for HEIs, 3 Erasmus+ and Capacity Building Training Seminars for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and 1 Final Report of the project.

The project had in total 579 beneficiaries, including 449 Students & Academic Staff from 3 HEIs (African Leadership Institute in Lomé, Togo, ESSEG Statistique in Lomé, Togo, the University of AbomeyCalavi in Benin and the University of Arthur Javis in Nigeria) and 130 Youth Workers representing 53 CSOs from Togo, Benin, and Nigeria and 1 Final Report of the project. There were two types of Training Seminars. Firstly, Erasmus+ Training for HEIs, participants, including members of the Board of the University, Academic Staff, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, had the opportunity to learn more about the program of the European Union, Erasmus+, learn how to submit good and winning proposals and how to access master opportunities offered in the framework of Erasmus+. Secondly, Erasmus+ and Capacity Building Training Seminars, participants, including Youth Workers from CSOs, learned about Erasmus+, how they could be part of this, how they can submit proposals, and they experienced a Project Management workshop.

Usage of social media posts to promote further the project and its activities was in use. More specifically, 48 Facebook posts were done (25 during the preparation phase and 23 during the implementation phase) with a total reach of 70,283. We posted 48 Instagram posts with a total number of 2,705 likes. 172 Tweets with a total number of 213 retweets. The creation of posters for almost all activities was to attract more participants to the events/activities.

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