15 July 2017

South Africa: Youth Leadership Project Presented at UK Parliament on Mandela Day

Lead4Hope, a young people’s leadership training programme based on the life philosophy that inspired Nelson Mandela, will be presented at the UK Parliament on 18 July

18 July, the day Nelson Mandela was born, is celebrated around the world as an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change, as the late South African icon did.

People in the UK will have the opportunity to commemorate Mandela Day by attending the public presentation of Lead4Hope in Parliament. Lead4Hope is a project that promotes the social engagement of young people, aged between 16 and 25, by giving them leadership lessons based on the life philosophy that inspired Nelson Mandela.

The public presentation of Lead4Hope will be hosted and chaired by Rehman Chishti, Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham. The event, held by the Policy Centre for African Peoples, the organisation that is leading the project, is free and open to all.

Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples, said: ‘Providing young people in the UK with leadership skills inspired by an African life philosophy is particularly important in the current context because, with Brexit, the UK will have to find new ways of engaging with the world. The young leaders we will train through the Lead4Hope project will be better equipped than older generations to do that.’

Speaking at the event will be Debbie Ariyo, a trainer and campaigner who was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her work with children and families. Ms Ariyo said: ‘With everything going on in the UK today - Brexit, cuts to services like education, populism and the rise of extremism, focus on immigration and so on, it is important that our young people are fully engaged in discussions and can participate in ongoing efforts to bring about positive changes for themselves and their communities. I am certain that Lead4Hope will provide the opportunities for this to happen.’

Susan Hyon Parker, a UK STEM - science, technology, engineering and math- Ambassador who will also be speaking at the event, said: ‘It is important for African youth in particular, to establish a voice that engages with our society to express the positive nature of the people, and the bright future we hold as a collective force for change.’

James Adeleke, founder of Generation Success, also a speaker, said: ‘We look forward to contributing towards the success of the young people trained by Lead4Hope through talks, mentoring and support.’

Notes for editors

Event’s Details: ‘Mandela Day Event: Lead4Hope Project Presentation’, 18 July 2017, 6.15pm – 8.30pm (doors will open at 6.15pm so that the event may start at 6.30pm prompt).

Venue: Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2LW

Entry: Free and open to all –Free soft drinks will be served.

Registration: Registration is mandatory; to register, e-mail info@policycap.org    or call 01634 5736 19.

About the Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP): PCAP was founded in the UK in 2008 to promote the engagement and education of African communities and the wider UK society. For more information, please visit PCAP’s website on www.policycap.org

Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples, is available for interview on (+44) (0) 7952 051994.

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