Category Archives: Youth Life Skills & Education

16 Stories in 16 Days |Two| How I have been changed by ‘Change Starts at Home’

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Change Starts at Home is Equal Access’ flagship project challenging gender norms and identities amongst couples in Nepal.  The ultimate aim of the project is to reduce interpersonal violence between couples and increase community support for violence free relationships. In today’s story we here from Ganesh, one of the Change Starts at Home facilitators who…

Sesame Street for those without access to TV in Afghanistan

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In Afghanistan Equal Access is working with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit arm of Sesame Street, to produce and broadcast a radio program based on the TV show for those who don’t have access to TV.  Baghch-e-Simsim (Sesame Garden) features the voices of Muppets familiar to us all from Sesame Street, as well as original Afghan…

Equal Access is Promoting Peace in Cameroon

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    In December 2015, Equal Access began implementing the USAID-funded Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3), a comprehensive media and outreach project focused on empowering youth, women, and rural populations in the North and Far North regions with information, education, and practical tools to lead productive lives, while inspiring their participation within their communities. Based…

Fostering Peacebulding through Locally-driven Community Radio

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Equal Access, in partnership with the US Embassy N’Djamena, is implementing the “Fostering Sustainable CVE Messaging Strategies through Locally-driven Community Radio” project with the aim to counter extremist messages in Chad. The threat of violent extremism is one of ideology and worldview, supported by a variety of drivers that can lead to radicalization and recruitment….

Inspiring Youth to Write their Own Stories and Choose their Best Future

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The Equal Access radio drama One Village, A Thousand Voices (Yak Qarya Wa Hazar Sada), inspires young Afghans by engaging them in the decision-making process. Featuring a groundbreaking interactive format, the drama provides scenes and characters from Afghan culture that encourage audiences to relate to everyday challenges in their own lives. With storylines that depict challenges in achieving…

Creating Powerful New Possibilities for Peace

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Interactive Media and Community Dialogue Fosters Tolerance and Resilience across the African Sahel The African Sahel is one of the world’s most impoverished regions. Chad, Niger and Burkina Faso, three countries in the Sahel region, suffer from weak governance, ethnic and religious tensions, and high rates of youth unemployment. These factors increase the population’s vulnerability to violent extremism. As…

Equal Access Partners with Youth in Yemen to Create Changemaker Documentaries

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To assist Yemeni youth in realizing their rights during Yemen’s political transition,​ Equal Access worked with youth leaders​ to produce four​ Changemaker​s​ documentary films​. T​he documentaries ​​are​ designed to provide inspiring and compelling examples of Yemeni youth taking the initiative to create positive change in their society. Click here to read more about the Changemaker…

Chad PDevII Radio Theater Contest tackles Sensitive Issues including Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

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Above: proud actors admire the trophies bestowed upon them for CVE radio drama. Below: actors from the Bol theater troupe present their winning sketch on Boko Haram recruitment for a packed auditorium. “[when the man dressed as a Boko Haram captain leader], I was trembling before I remembered that it was all just theater! It…

Yemen Changemaker Videos Feature Emerging Youth Leaders

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To assist Yemeni youth in realizing their rights during Yemen’s political transition,​ Equal Access worked with youth leaders​ to produce four​ Changemaker​s​ documentary films​. T​he documentaries​​are​ designed to provide inspiring and compelling examples of Yemeni youth taking the initiative to create positive change in their society. The Changemakers documenta​ry serie​s was​ broadcast nationally. Changemakers​ is…

USAID’s “YouthPower” Initiative Includes Creative-led Consortium

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — To empower youth and advance programs that put them at the center of community change, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selected Creative Associates International as one of six organizations to support initiatives and build the capacity of youth-led and youth-serving organizations. (www.CreativeAssociatesInternational.com) “Investing in youth and empowering them…