Although corruption, abuse of human rights and disrespect for rule of law are global phenomena, they seem endemic in Nigeria and many African countries cutting across all sectors, classes and ages. Corruption (mega or petty), abuse of human rights and disrespect for rule of law in Africa are serious concerns because they are among the leading causes of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa.
CSAAE’s Youth Ethics and Anti-Corruption Program (YEAP)is raising the consciousness of youth to the importance of transparency, accountability, respect for human rights and rule of law in the work world while teaching them how to identify, resist and fight corruption hindering development in Nigeria
1. Rule of Law
YEAP promotes rule of law through various means including workshops, externships and online campaigns that explain the need for law and order in the society as well as through positive reinforcements such as the National Ethics Essay Competition that rewards best essays on rule of law and the Youth Ethics Summit that supports youth projects on rule of law in Nigeria. YEAP challenges youths passionate about rule of law to identify abuses of law and their root causes in their communities as well as share insights on how best to promote, prevent and fight abuse law.
The Nigerian Constitution Through the Lens of Nigerian Youth: This three-month project involved an intensive study of the Nigerian Constitution by Emerging Nigerian Leaders under the Centre’s Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP) to gain first-hand knowledge on Nigerian laws. It was conducted from December 2017 to February 2018 with over 151 emerging leaders below age 25 in attendance. Key contributions and recommendations by these youths on certain provisions of the constitution were documented and presented to the public during the Centre’s foundation conference at Abuja in November 2018. Since after the training, many youths have initiated projects to promote rule of law. Follow link to download free copy of this review: Books
2. Human Rights
YEAP challenges youths passionate about human rights to identify human rights abuses and their root causes in their communities as well as share insights on how best to promote, prevent and fight abuses of human rights. YEAP also promotes human rights through workshops, externships and online campaigns that explain the dignity of the human person and the need to respect human rights as well as through positive reinforcements such as the National Ethics Essay Competition that rewards best essays on human rights and the Youth Human Rights Summit that supports youth projects on prevention of abuse of human rights in Nigeria.
UN Universal Human Rights as Seen by Nigerian Youths: This project was implemented from March 16 to July 20, 2018 by CSAAE to equip Emerging Leaders under its ELP with detailed knowledge on all the articles of the Universal Human Rights declared by United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948. Over 151 Emerging leaders participated in the project as they reviewed the extent to which these rights are respected/violated in Nigeria and what can be done to ensure the respect of all human rights in the country. Key findings and recommendations from this 5-month project were documented and presented as a whitepaper during the Centre’s foundation conference at Abuja in November 2018
YEAP tackles corruption from the root through structured youth education in accountability, transparency and integrity while providing them with the tools to identify, resist and fight corruption. YEAP raises awareness of the consequences of corruption on development and promotes the development of innovative tools that make corrupt practices harder. Through Youth Ethics Essay Competition Award and the Incorruptible Nigerian Youth Award, YEAP helps youths stay away from corruption through positive reinforcement. The Youth Anti-corruption Summit supports youth community projects against corruption.
4. Character Formation
YEAP provides the kinds of tools and trainings that allow youths the develop civic and moral virtues necessary for personal success and nation building. Some of these virtues include: Accountability, transparency, integrity, punctuality, solidarity and honesty. We believe that if Africa is to ever become a better place, a crop of virtuous youths would play a huge role. Through YEAP, CSAAE trains youths on how to effectively develop the right character and influence same in the society. This is done through character formation externships, symposiums, virtual engagements, public debates and ethics competition to drive conversations on important ethical issues in the society.
2019 OPPORTUNITIES AT YEAP: DEADLINE APPROACHING. APPLY NOW.
The Incorruptible Nigerian Youth Award: Deadline is October 30, 2019
This award recognizes the courage of youths who have undertaken actions that have had or likely to have significant impact on any form of corruption in their vicinities.
Eligibility: Any Nigerian youth (18-35 years of age) can nominate. You can nominate yourself or others. Nominee must be a Nigerian youth (18-35 years of age) who either brings corrupt practices to the limelight, orients fellow youths on how to identify, resist and fight corruption or ensures that perpetrators of corrupt practices are penalized.
Benefits: Top Nominee to: receive cash prize of #100,000.00 at our Youth Ethics Summit holding in Abuja (January 2020); speak at the summit; be featured in C-Journal; receive free lodging and meals at the Youth summit; receive merit award (plaque); receive technical and financial support to advance ethics cause.
Youth Ethics Essay Competition: Deadline is October 30, 2019
This essay tests youths in YEAP key focus areas: rule of law, human rights and anti-corruption. The aim is to increase the understanding of issues in these key areas among Nigerian youths. Participants are required to write an essay on any of the following: How to: (a) stop abuse of a specific human right in Nigeria, (b) stop disrespect of specific Nigerian law, (c) fight specific corrupt practice in Nigeria, or (d) promote specific civic virtue in Nigeria
Eligibility: Open to all Nigerian undergraduate students in any tertiary institution.
Benefits: Authors of top two essays to: receive cash prizes of N50,000.00 and N30,000.00 respectively at our Youth Ethics Summit holding in Abuja (January 2020); receive grant for lodging and meals to the Youth summit; present their essays at the summit; receive merit award (plaque); have their essays published in C-Journal; become automatic CSAAE Associates.
Youth Ethics Community Project
Are you working on any project or have great ideas on how to: (a) stop abuse of a specific human right in Nigeria, (b) stop disrespect of specific Nigerian law, (c) fight specific corrupt practice in Nigeria, or (d) promote specific civic virtue in Nigeria? Here is your opportunity to get the visibility and support you need to change Nigeria. Select applicants will present their projects at our upcoming Youth Ethics Summit holding in Abuja (January 2020).
Eligibility: Open to all Nigerian youths, ages 18-35.
Benefits: Possibility of securing funding and mentorship to start-up or scale-up project; travel grant (lodging and meals only) to the Youth Summit; automatic C-Associate Membership
Youth Ethics Debate Championship: Deadline is September 30th, 2019
This is a college level debate on topical and contested ethical issues in Nigeria.
Who can participate?A group of three undergraduate students endorsed by the School or SUG.
How to participate:Click on link below to express your interest and your team will be invited.Preliminaries will be held at selected venues in Nigeria to be communicated to participating teams and the final will be held at the Youth Ethics Summit holding in Abuja (January 2020).
Benefits: Top two debate teams get free accommodation and feeding at the Youth Ethics Summit; #100,000.00 and #70,000.00 respectively; merit award (plaque); automatic C-Associate membership. The top debate team gets the Ethics Trophy. Rankings would also be maintained against subsequent editions for seeding purposes.
National Youth Ethics Summit
The summit is aimed at gathering youths passionate about respect for human rights, integrity, transparency and anti-corruption together to identify the root causes of corruption and share insights on how best to fight corruption and promote ethical values in the country.