South Africa’s “Oasis (Reach for Your Dreams)” Receives Recognition from UNAOC-BMW Group’s Intercultural Innovation Hub

BERLIN, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / May 25, 2023 / South African organization “Oasis: `Reach For Your Dreams`” is one of ten global grassroots recognized by the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Hub, a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, implemented with the support of Accenture, during a ceremony held in Berlin, Germany.

Selected for their project “Community Street Football/Netball”, the organization leverages the role of sport to help youth who have fallen through the gaps within society, and have either dropped out of school or have become involved in gang-related activities, by supporting their reintegration into society and empowering them to lead positive and self-sufficient lives. The programme engages participants in street football events, while uplifting young people by instilling them with life skills based on the values inherent to sports, such as team spirit, fair play, respect, and conflict management.

“We are honored to receive the support of the Intercultural Innovation Hub in addressing the challenges of the youth in our communities, and providing alternative solutions for their positive growth,” said Clifford Martinus, Founder of “Oasis `Reach For Your Dreams`”.

Every year, the Intercultural Innovation Hub supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, thereby contributing to peace, cultural diversity, and more inclusive societies. This year, the Ceremony was chaired by Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the High Representative for UNAOC, and Ms. Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG People and Real Estate, Labour Relations Director.

Through the Intercultural Innovation Hub, Oasis `Reach For Your Dreams` will receive a financial grant, as well as one year of capacity-building and mentorship support from UNAOC, the BMW Group, and Accenture to help strengthen the “Community Street Football/Netball” project and its contribution towards a more inclusive society. This model of collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector creates a more profound impact, as partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each supported project.

Learn more about the project:

https://interculturalinnovation.org/oasis-reach-for-your-dreams-community-street-football-netball/

Media Inquiries:

Milena Pighi, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, BMW Group, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de
Alessandro Girola, Programming Coordinator, UNAOC, alessandrog@unops.org

SOURCE: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

Burkina: The KIFIFE festival wants to instill a passion for cinema in children, Director

The 4th edition of the KIFIFE festival, scheduled for June 20 to 24, 2023 at the Ziniaré opera village, aims to instill a passion for cinema in children, said Thursday, the director and programmer of the event, Laurentine Bayala.

"The KIFIFE festival is a festival dedicated to children because most of the programming is focused on films for children," said the director and programmer of the cultural event, Laurentine Bayala.

According to her, we must work to instill the desire to consume cinema in children and prepare the next generation, since Burkina Faso is a country of cinema.

Laurentine Bayala was speaking Thursday in Ziniaré, a locality located 35km from Ouagadougou, on the occasion of the announcement of the 4th edition of the KIFIFE festival.

Ms. Bayala announced that 18 films (animations, fictions, documentaries) are on the program.

According to her, the holding of the festival will give the opportunity to the pupils of the Village Opéra as well as of the surrounding schools, to train in fields related to the cinema.

Laurentine Bayala specified that in addition to the screenings, three training sessions will be provided, namely training in image, video and acting.

“The Pocket Film, animated by the director-editor Ismaël Tall and the techniques of painting and 2D animation by the painter Fidèle Kabré” are on the program, she added.

The director of the village opera school and supervisor of arts classes, Ouédraogo Abdoulaye, suggested that the importance of this festival is to bring the child to know the profession of cinema because even if he will not be director, he will be a good cinephile.

He indicated that the film screenings are not dedicated only to children because there will also be screenings at different sites in the surrounding villages (Laongo, Pousgziga, Tamissi) and in the town of Ziniaré.

Mr. Ouédraogo called on the directors of the films to review the content of their productions and also invited the authorities to think about programs for children.

The Opera Village is a project that was born in October 2011 under the will of the German film director, the late Christoph Schlingensief who wanted to install in Africa, an artificial village where there would be many elements of nature.

In 2023, the school in the village of Opéra has 163 students. The teaching includes 80% classical lessons and 20% artistic lessons.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Forum Africallia in Burkina: The Prime Minister wishes fruitful meetings for a better influence of Africa

Prime Minister Apollinaire Joachim Kyélem de Tambèla chaired this Thursday morning in Ouagadougou, the opening ceremony of the 7th edition of the Africallia Forum. He wished fruitful meetings to businessmen for a better influence of Africa.

“I wish you fruitful meetings for a better influence of Africa. Long live the Africa of conscious and patriotic businessmen, long live the pan-Africanism of business,” said Prime Minister Apollinaire Joachim Kyélem de Tambèla this Thursday morning in Ouagadougou.

Prime Minister Apollinaire Joachim Kyélem de Tambèla chaired this Thursday morning in Ouagadougou, the opening ceremony of the 7th edition of the Africallia Forum. He wished fruitful meetings to businessmen for a better influence of Africa.

“I wish you fruitful meetings for a better influence of Africa. Long live the Africa of conscious and patriotic businessmen, long live the pan-Africanism of business,” said Prime Minister Apollinaire Joachim Kyélem de Tambèla this Thursday morning in Ouagadougou.

The head of government was speaking at the official opening ceremony of the 7th edition of the Africallia forum.

He hailed the construction by Nigerian businessman Ali Dangoté of the large refinery in Lagos. This refinery will undoubtedly be, according to him, "an important factor for a new start for Nigeria". He therefore invited African businessmen “to be all Dangote, each in his field for the benefit of Africa”.

Apollinaire Joachim Kyélem de Tambèla stressed that “the private sector is the engine of the economy and is convinced that Africans can “find solutions for Africa and for Africans”. “What is needed may be commitment, patriotism and leadership,” he recommended.

The head of government wished that “this 7th edition of the Africallia forum be “a meeting for a new start in order to give a noble meaning to business for the benefit of Africa and Africans”.

According to the representative of the director of the Vista Bank group and sponsor of this 7th edition of Africallia Yassin Bayo, the multisector business development forum "has become (today) an ideal framework for establishing business partnerships not to be missed. ".

She maintained that "thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso and its partners, Africallia has become an unmissable meeting place for players in the African business world".

This is why the director of Vista Bank Simon Tiemtoré did not hesitate to associate his image and that of his group with the event, underlined Ms. Bayo.

She therefore urged Burkinabè businessmen and women "to seize this opportunity to conclude solid and lasting business partnerships with men and women from various countries of the world".

The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso Mahamadi Savadogo wished him that these two days of the Africallia forum "will be a strong moment of exchanges and sharing crowned by mutually advantageous quality partnerships".

The opening ceremony was marked by the signing of cooperation agreements between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso and four other sister chambers of commerce.

These are the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Handicrafts of Cameroon, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts of Guinea, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Services of Guinea Bissau and the Chamber of Commerce of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The opening ceremony ended with a visit to the stands. At the end of the visit, the Minister of Industrial Development, Trade, Handicrafts and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Mr. Serge Gnaniodem Poda welcomed the African products in the stands and invited Africans to consume these products. .

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: Scientists gathered to propose solutions to the fight against the security crisis

Researchers from the sociology department met on Tuesday for a study day to reflect on the security crisis in Burkina Faso in order to propose operational solutions.

"At the end of this day, we hope to have endogenous solutions that can be operational, which will allow us to make our contribution to the fight (against terrorism)", declared the research professor in the sociology department at the Joseph Ki Zerbo University, Pr Valérie Rouamba.

According to her, the role of the sociologist is to go down to the populations who live the crises and to exchange with them on the realities with which they are confronted.

Valérie Rouamba, also responsible for the gender and development laboratory, spoke on Tuesday during the study day organized in collaboration with the "African pilot postgraduate academy" (PAPA) program under the theme "Burkina Faso facing to the security crisis: socio-political dynamics, social changes and resistance”.

The head of the gender and development laboratory indicated that eminent researchers from around the world will focus on the questions of the foundations of the crisis, how the population experiences this crisis and how to create resilience.

Mrs. Rouamba informed that the solutions will be brought to the authorities but not "only to the authorities because there are levels of action in this fight, namely the institutional actions, the actions taken by the highest summit and the actions carried by the people”.

For his part, Prof. Alkassoum Maïga specified that “the major role of an intellectual is his ability to use his thinking to serve those who need it”.

He affirmed that strategies and constructive reflections can only come from laboratories, universities and research centers.

“We cannot sit back and watch our nation in peril and do nothing because not only do we have the capabilities but we can increase those capabilities tenfold,” he added.

The major impact for us is to make available to the general public and especially to the consumption of major decision-makers, the reflections that have been carried out within the framework of the laboratory, he concluded.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Africallia 2023: participants present the forum to the Head of State

The President of the Transition, Head of State, Captain Ibrahim TRAORÉ received this Thursday in audience a delegation of participants in the 7th West African business development forum, Africallia.

Led by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso, Mahamadi SAVADOGO, the delegation came to present the program of activities for the work of the 2023 edition of the forum.

The African entrepreneurs also thanked the President of the Transition for the support that "he himself and his government have brought to the holding of this forum", according to the head of the delegation. Mr SAVADOGO.

He added that the Head of State provided them with advice, encouraged them and congratulated them for holding the forum in this difficult security context.

The 7th forum brings together more than 500 companies from 26 countries for an exchange meeting in the Burkinabè capital, with the program, sharing of experiences, B to B meetings and exhibitions of local products.

"All these activities are beneficial for Burkina Faso, in terms of image, in terms of economic benefits and especially in terms of sharing experiences between the different businessmen present at this edition", concluded the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina Faso and Mali must work together to contain terrorism, responsible

Burkina Faso and Mali must work together to contain terrorism , said the Secretary General of the Ministry in charge of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Ambassador Seydou Coulibaly, who announced that a joint commission to fight against this scourge .

“ Burkina Faso and Mali are facing security challenges, hence the importance for our two countries to work together to contain this scourge. The conclusions are that in terms of defense we will have to see how our two armies can pool resources and efforts to fight against terrorism”, indicated the Secretary General of the Ministry in charge of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Ambassador Seydou Coulibaly.

Mr. Coulibaly, spoke Thursday in Ouagadougou on leaving the audience with the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Me Apollinaire Kyelem de Tambèla.

The Malian authority went "to report on the conclusions of our preparatory work to the Mali-Burkina Faso joint commission to be held in Bamako in early July 2023".

For him, the two countries must also strengthen their consultation frameworks between the two foreign ministries "so that we can carry our voice together on the international scene".

According to the Malian diplomat, the first Burkinabè gave them guidelines and also asked them to "move from words to deeds".

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina/Media: The president of the ALT salutes the commitment and resilience of the Observer Paalga

The President of the Transitional National Assembly (ALT), Dr Ousmane Bougouma, praised the commitment and resilience of Observer Paalga on Thursday, during the open days organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the oldest private daily newspaper in Burkina Faso.

“ We have seen the commitment of the founders of the newspaper L'Observateur Paalga because the history of this medium has not been smooth sailing. This diary truly shows resilience. We want to seize the opportunity, encourage and wish a lot of success to the actors”, indicated the President of the National Transitional Assembly (ALT), Dr Ousmane Bougouma.

The President of the Transitional National Assembly (ALT), Dr Ousmane Bougouma, spoke on Thursday in Ouagadougou on the occasion of the Open Days of Burkina Faso's leading private daily, L'observer Paalga.

For Mr. Bougouma, these open days allowed him to learn a little more about "the history of this important medium in Burkina Faso's media landscape", from "the typewriter to the digital age ".

For the president of the Superior Council of Communication, Abdoulazize Bamogo, by taking the route (of the stands) "we are not only doing the course of the history of the Paalga observer, but also, we are doing the course of the history of the Burkina Faso”.

“I saw the different stages, the different events that the newspaper went through. The photos of illustrations also show the key elements of the history of Burkina of which the Observer Paalga was a first-hand witness”, he indicated.

Mr. Bamogo encouraged L'Observateur Paalga to invest more in digital.

For the founder of the dean of private dailies in Burkina Faso, Edouard Ouédraogo, the digital challenge is at the center of reflection at the Paalga Observer.

“How are we going to negotiate this turning point and continue to appear for the greater good of our readers and for the greater good of democracy in our country?” he wondered.

As a reminder, the first private daily in Burkina Faso, L'Observateur Paalga, was on May 28, 1973. The activities marking the silver jubilee of this daily began on Tuesday with an international symposium.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina/Security: UNDP offers equipment worth 320 million FCFA

The UNDP with the support of Germany and the European Union, handed over Thursday, a batch of equipment and materials including 8 pick-up vehicles and 121 motorcycles, for the benefit of the police and the gendarmerie of the Sahel and East regions, in order to strengthen their capacities against insecurity.

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) intends to support the Burkinabè government in its dynamics of reconquest and stabilization of areas affected by insecurity.

The UN body donated, on Thursday, May 25, 2023 in Ouagadougou, a batch of equipment and materials to the Ministry of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Security for the benefit of police and security units. the national gendarmerie in the stabilization communes of the Sahel and East regions.

With a total value of approximately 320 million CFA francs, this donation consists of 8 pick-up vehicles, 121 motorcycles, 74 communication equipment, 50 GPS, 55 computers, printers, scanners, 370 complete medical relief kits and office supplies.

“This equipment is likely to solidify the operational capacities of the police and the national gendarmerie for the restoration of security in these stabilization zones,” said UNDP Resident Representative in Burkina Faso, Elsie Laurence-Chounoune.

For her, this equipment will also make it possible to ensure effective coordination of the interventions of the two and will finally promote strong mobility of the local units to be alongside the populations.

Something that will also, according to Ms. Chounoune, restore confidence in the state in its role of protecting rights and providing basic services.

She said that this first gesture will be followed in the coming days by a handover of night vision protective equipment, IED detection equipment and vehicles.

However, the resident representative of the UNDP specified that the acquisition of this first batch of equipment was possible with the assistance of the Embassy of the Federal Republic and Germany and the Delegation of the European Union in Burkina Faso. which intervene within the framework of the stabilization mechanism of the Liptako-Gourma region.

The Minister in charge of Territorial Administration, Colonel Boukaré Zoungrana, expressed his gratitude to the donors and reassured that the equipment will be used wisely.

"It's a timely donation because it contributes to the strengthening of the operational capacities of our defense and security forces, especially those of internal security, within the framework of achieving the main objective of the Transition, which is the restoration and the integrity of the national territory", he suggested.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

The frantic search for children of different sexes would increase fertility in the Burkinabè capital (Study)

In Ouagadougou, women are having more children than expected, because they want at all costs to have at least one boy and one girl among their offspring; a situation that could explain the maintenance of fertility at a relatively high level in the Burkinabè capital, reveals a study.

More than 70% of women in the city of Ouagadougou, with children of the same sex, want additional children against nearly 40% with children of both sexes (mixed).

It is also said that more than three out of five women (64.8%) prefer to have children of both sexes, of which 33.9% aspire to have as many boys as girls.

The proportions of women who only want boys or only girls or who are indifferent to the gender of their children hardly exceed 20%.

These situations explain among couples in Ouagadougou, "the frantic search for children of different sexes", the subject of a study whose salient results were presented Thursday, to journalists members of the Association of Journalists and Communicators in Population and Development (AJCPD).

Researchers from the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP, Joseph Ki-Zerbo University) headed by Dr. Moussa Bougma, conducted surveys between September and November 2021, among 2,824 women in the city of Ouagadougou, including 1,339 live in a developed area and 1,485 in an undeveloped area.

According to Dr. Moussa Bougma, "it is clear that the unbridled search for gender diversity within offspring could be a determining factor in maintaining fertility at a relatively high level in Burkina Faso".

By way of example, women who have reached mixed status use contraceptive methods more than their peers, who are only mothers of boys or girls.

The demographer explains that the boy fills the need for an heir or a representative of the husband to perpetuate the family line; future support in old age or financial support for siblings.

The need for the girl is felt to have a representative of the mother, help with domestic work, financial support and to take care of the elderly, says Dr Moussa Bougma.

The researcher called for reducing gender inequalities between children and raising parents' awareness of the gendered partition of social roles; to accelerate women's literacy and education to rapidly reduce the demand for children.

He suggests focusing fertility control policies on changing perceptions of the unbridled pursuit of children's gender diversity.

The research presented on Thursday also focused on the commitment of local authorities to take family planning into account, the change in parents' perception of the management of their old age for fertility control and the socioeconomic integration of migrant women in urban areas as an alternative for fertility control in Ouagadougou.

For the Deputy Director of the ISSP, Dr. Georges Guiela, demographic issues are central issues in all urban planning.

He thought that beyond the popularization of the results required of journalists, these “primeurs” are used for their training.

ISSP Director General Bassiahi Abdramane Soura thanked the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) for the financial support.

He welcomed the strategic partnership that exists between the ISSP and the AJCPD for the dissemination of research results.

The coordinator of the AJCPD, Boureima Sanga, welcomed the renewed confidence and urged his colleagues to use these results to produce in-depth and impactful articles.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: After 21 years of operation, the Court of Auditors opens its doors to the general public

The first president of the Court of Auditors, Latin Poda launched, this Wednesday, open days of his structure after 21 years of operation for the benefit of the general public.

“This is an opportunity for the Court to give all citizens the opportunity to interact, share knowledge and exchange ideas on how to further improve our financial management system,” said the first president of the Court of Auditors, Latin Poda.

According to him, these days will allow the higher jurisdiction of control of public finances to commune with the litigants and to recall their essential role in the judicial system.

Latin Poda spoke on Wednesday in Ouagadougou during the launching ceremony of the open days of the Court of Auditors of Burkina Faso under the presidency of the Minister in charge of justice.

These open days are held under the theme “role and place of the Court of Auditors in the management of public funds in Burkina Faso”.

Mr. Poda said that transparency and accountability are essential elements to promote the economic and social development of the country.

Latin Poda spoke on Wednesday in Ouagadougou during the launching ceremony of the open days of the Court of Auditors of Burkina Faso under the presidency of the Minister in charge of justice.

These open days are held under the theme “role and place of the Court of Auditors in the management of public funds in Burkina Faso”.

Mr. Poda said that transparency and accountability are essential elements to promote the economic and social development of the country.

The spokesman for the former presidents of the Court of Auditors of Burkina Faso, Pierre Nebié encouraged the members of the institution to remain faithful to the principles on which the exercise of their missions is based and to "play their role as guardians of the funds public with integrity, impartiality and professionalism”.

Mr. Nebié also pointed out that in the current context, marked by major economic and social challenges, it is imperative to strengthen the commitment to transparency and financial accountability.

During the ceremony, several former officials of the Court of Auditors of Burkina Faso saw their efforts rewarded with trophies.

Source: Burkina Information Agency