Sunday, December 12, 2010

CONGO 2011 Regular Session

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, has been invited by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations at the United Nations, to attend its 2011 Regular Session in New York, scheduled for 31 January - 9 Februay 2011. During this Session, the Foundation's application will be considered by the Committee on NGOs, for Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation's Executive Director, will be in New York to attend the Session. For further details, please check:

Friday, November 19, 2010


Democracy Series Participatory Learning and Active Youth (DESPLAY Africa), the foremost and most consistent annual youth democracy academy in West Africa since 2005 is accepting application from interested youth. In the past 5 years DESPLAY Africa admitted youth from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Cameroon, who were educated on different broad based democracy and governance issues. For DESPLAY Africa Season 6, about 40 youths from Nigeria and other African countries shall come together under a unique learning platform to deepen their knowledge about democracy and also foster youth participation in governance processes in Africa. This program is for young people that are concerned about Africa’s growth and development. It is for those youth who desire to be part of the region’s emerging transformational leaders. It is also for those who believe that as youth we can begin to foster positive change in our continent within our space incrementally. It has been professed that Africa is the continent of the new millennium, to achieve this potential, new entrepreneurial and transformational actors must emerge to drive the processes. But most critically is the fact that these emerging new actors require unique platforms for interaction, capacity building, knowledge-sharing, and networking among others in preparation for the huge task of leap-frogging Africa’s development. It is on this background that we offer DESPLAY Africa Season 6 and invite all those who share in this aspiration to participate therein.

 Three different workshop/semesters of 4 days each.
Each workshop shall hold in a different city of Nigeria every 3 months interval. This allows participants better appreciate our national diversities and re-enforce the spirit of peaceful co-habitation among people of different socio-religious backgrounds.

 About 40 different sessions and activities offered.
Each Semester lasts for 4 days and each contain atleast 4 different interactive sessions and activities, including breakout sessions, film shows, debates, panel session, reading class among others. A team of well experienced facilitators ensure quality interactive experiences.

 Win the “I Debate” Campus debate award.
10 participants of DESPLAY Africa Season 6 shall have the opportunity to each conduct students debate in a higer institution in their state of residence using a template format to ensure uniformity. Finalist from each campus based debate shall be invited to the grand finale during DESPLAY Semester 3 to compete for the “I Debate Prize”.

 Participate in our maiden “ Young Champion for Democracy Challenge”
Knowledge, passion, advocacy etc without Action is like wishing to drive a car but not able to actually drive a car. DESPLAY Season 6 shall offer participants the chance to compete in the “Young Champions for Democracy Challenge”. It is a component that encourages participants to identify a key issue in our democracy and to implement a project to address that challenge. All projects must be completed 4 weeks before semester to qualify for the award.

 Opportunity to vie for President of DESPLAY Republic for season 6.
Every season of DESPLAY offers any interested participant the chance to become the DESPLAY Republic President during an election to be conducted in semester 2 by the participants themselves. The current DESPLAY President is Femi...

 Gain visibility through Youth Power Weekly Radio Show on Highland FM Jos.
All participants shall enjoy the benefit of featuring on our new weekly radio show Youth Power to contribute to related discussion, give visibility to their projects as well as bring to visibility issues of concern among the youth demography.

 Participate in a self funded Learning Visit to a Democracy in Africa.
Since 2007 every year, a team of DESPLAY participant raise funds and travel to a democracy in West Africa for a 2 weeks learning visit during which they interact with a cross section of the society including lawmakers, youth leaders, NGOs, students etc. DESPLAY Season also offers this unique learning experience after Semester 2 for those who can afford to raise the required funds.

 Become a DESPLAY Fellow and get a DESPLAY Certificate of Participation among others.
From DESPLAY Africa Season 6, all participants who complete the program shall graduate as DESPLAY Fellows! Moreso, 5 participants shall emerge as Senior Fellows with unique benefits attached to the Senior Fellows status!!

Moreso, DESPLAY allows you meet with youths from different African countries as well as gives you the rare opportunity to join a robust community of young and emerging leaders united in their passion for democracy and good governance in the Africa region.

Young people from Nigeria and African countries aged between 18 - 35 years.

 30 persons shall enjoy full scholarship covering feeding, accommodation, conference materials and travel subsidy on paying N5, 000 registration fees per semester/workshop.

 While 10 persons shall enjoy partial scholarship covering feeding, accommodation and conference materials on paying N20, 000 registration fees per semester/workshop.

Payment are only made after you have been finally selected and officially informed of your selection.


December 17th 2010.

Bola +234, 8065479817, +2347072000256
Emma +234 7039634873
Nandak +234 8065353382


Youngstars Foundation:
Intl Office: Chief Botmang House, A.M. Dung Str. Sparkling Junction, Dadin Kowa
P.O. Box 515, Jos Plateau State Nigeria

DESPLAY Africa is a program of Youngstars Development Initiative, Nigeria since 2005.
Funded since 2005 - National Endowment for Democracy USA.

CPWR Welcomes New Nigerian Ambassador

The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is pleased to announce its newest international Ambassador, Emmanuel Ivorgba Ande.

Mr. Ande is currently the Executive Director of the New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, which he founded in 2006 to engage local youth in interfaith dialogue. Mr. Ande has also been active with Interfaith Youth Core, facilitating a Global Interfaith Movement Project in Nigeria.

The Council is pleased to welcome Emmanuel to the Ambassador Program, a select opportunity for passionate interfaith leaders around the world.To learn more about the Ambassador Program, please click here

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Inter-Religious Dialogue around the World

VATICAN CITY, 16 NOV 2010 (VIS) - The Centre for Inter-Religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation (Tehran, Iran) and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue held their seventh colloquium in Tehran from 9 to 11 November under the joint presidency of Mohammad Baqer Khorramshad, president of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation, and of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

At the end of the meeting the participants (seven in the delegation led by Mohammad Baqer Khorramshad and six in the delegation led by Cardinal Tauran), agreed upon the following:

(1) Believers and religious communities, based on their faith in God, have a specific role to play in society, on an equal footing with other citizens.

(2) Religion has an inherent social dimension that the State has the obligation to respect; therefore, also in the interest of society, it cannot be confined to private sphere.

(3) Believers are called to co-operate in the search for common good, on the basis of a sound relation between faith and reason.

(4) It is necessary for Christians and Muslims as well as all believers and persons of good will, to co-operate in answering modern challenges, promoting moral values, justice and peace and protecting the family, environment and natural resources.

(5) Faith, by its very nature, requires freedom. Therefore, religious freedom, as a right inherent to human dignity, must always be respected by individuals, social actors and the State. The cultural and historical background of each society which is not in contradiction with human dignity should be taken into consideration in applying this fundamental principle.

(6) Education of the young generation should be based on the search for truth, spiritual values and promotion of knowledge.

The participants also emphasised the necessity of continuing on the path of a genuine and fruitful dialogue. The next colloquium will take place in Rome in 2012.

NB: The above infomation was sent in by our dear friend and brother, Philip ROSS Beaudoin

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication

From October 22-24, 2010 , New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, in collaboration with the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, from the USA, hosted the 2nd International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication at the Leadership Institute, in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. The Conference Theme of "Building Bridges through Interfaith Dialogue and Youth Participation" engaged 200 participants in a dynamic experience of faith development as well as challenge them to positively respond to the universal call to holiness. The three-day conference and workshops was practical -- rich with inspiration, international experience, and how-to, face-to-face workshops. The 200 youth interfaith participants returned home stronger with new partners and modern tools of communication for your homes, schools, and neighborhoods -- to heal cities, Nigera, Africa, all humankind.For details of the 2010 International Conference, visit the conference website. and read the post-conference report and photos HERE

About Us

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation envisions communities of heart warming hospitality all over the world connected by strong bonds of shared values, hopes, inspirations, imagination and curiosity. We desire and work towards the realization of a prosperous world dominated by loving, caring and compassionate people, where war and strife no longer exist and where food is plentiful and the smiles of humanity shine brighter than the sun itself.

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation is a unique organization whose mission is to build, support and empower teams of youth with capacities to emerge from a life on the streets, drugs and dysfunctional families, to becoming leaders capable of helping themselves and their communities. We are leading a movement that connects youth, educators and communities and empowers them to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of their communities. We help young people discover and develop their inherent gifts, talents and abilities and support their development as ethically responsible, self-disciplined and creative social citizens capable of participation in a positive and sustainable society.For further details about our very modest efforts, visit our website . You can also link up with us on FACEBOOK