The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is delighted to announce the interns for the second cohort of the 2022 Next Generation Internship Programme (NGIP).
The three interns, who come from three African countries and who represent the diversity in the way the Institute operates, were selected from a competitive pool of applicants who applied for the programme.
The new interns: Mama Aisha Bah (Gambia), Djamila Boubacar (Niger), and Emet Oluwafemi (Benin) will receive six-month rigorous training in the areas of project monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as civil society communications management.
Other areas of training will include knowledge management, basic information technology skills, drafting and managing capacity development programmes, report writing and policy influencing.
The NGIP is a flagship leadership and youth training initiative of the Institute which aims at developing leadership potentials and careers of the next generation of African leaders and civic actors who are poised to contribute to the socio-economic and political development of the continent.
The interns expressed excitement having successfully passed through a competitive recruitment process and being selected for the programme.
“This programme will give me an opportunity to learn new skills while putting the skills I already have to good use. This will make me well equipped to undertake roles and new tasks when I go to my home country,” Djamila Boubacar, who is interning at the Capacity Development Unit said.
Emet Oluwafemi Sodjegbe, who joined the Knowledge Management Unit is confident the training will position him well towards the achievement of his career goals.
“I find it a great opportunity being selected to be part of this programme. It will help me achieve my goals, ” he said.
A few weeks ago, the first cohort of the 2022 NGIP graduated. The four trainees were selected from three African countries: Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
In a graduation ceremony held at the Institute’s office in Accra, the interns expressed gratitude and affirmed commitment to apply the skills they had acquired wherever they found themselves in the world of work.
“Interning in a multi-lingual work environment is a good career start for me,’ said Georgette Kponvi, one of the graduates.
Since the inception of the programme in 2008, WACSI has trained 66 young Africans under the initiative with many of the beneficiaries excelling at their jobs thereafter.