Sharing FK Youth Exchange Program experience from May 2015 to May 2016

Name:                          Nantume Monica

Home Organisation:     National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU)

Host Organisation:       Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council in Zambia (NGOCC)

During my exchange learning visit, I was hosted at the Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council in Zambia as Information Officer under the Communications and Advocacy Program of the organisation for a period of twelve months.

To begin with am greatly delighted and indebted to NAWOU for according to me the opportunity to represent the organisation in the Fredskorpset (FK) Youth Exchange Program, without which it wouldn’t have been possible to be empowered and explore the world far away from home. This program was funded by the Norwegian Government to countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America mainly with the aim of “making the world a smaller and better place to be” and surely this goal has come to be realized. The exchange visit was a period of enormous learning, sharing, contribution, independence and exposure however challenging at the same time though this was to a smaller extent and there was always a way out of the trials. ty

Rally for the commemoration of road safety day during the FK exchange program in Zambia.

With this program the benefits that I derived during my experience were far beyond my expectations and were twofold i.e. both at personal and professional levels.  At personal level, I become self-reliant, social and decisive during different situations while at professional level I gained more my knowledge and skills in effective advocacy, communication, advanced ICTs, research, networking, planning, budgeting, project management, membership mobilization, report writing, information management and training, in relation to  gender and development aspects.

During the period, I joined the following networks; Young African Leadership initiative (YALI Network), ONE Campaigning Network, GBV Prevention Network in Uganda and Zambia , Information and Advocacy Officer’s Network all of which created more opportunities for learning , socialising and sharing information with others. In addition, I facilitated the creation of the Young Women Network in one of the Provinces which was an outstanding achievement attained during the exchange program. Hence am proud to mention the fact that I hit two birds with one stone implying that being selected as a participant was one opportunity and being hosted at NGOCC was another rare opportunity thus I surely count myself as one of luckiest persons.

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During the 2015 launch of 16 days of Activism against GBV with NGOCC member organizations.

As I conclude, I would wish to urge all the young women from all walks of life to embrace the principles of diligence, optimism, resilience, activeness, assertiveness, confidence, integrity, humility and networking, for I strongly feel and believe they are core to personal success.

Long live FK Norway.

NAWOU conducts follow up visits on participatory community dialogues in Luwero.
NAWOU Conducts a follow up session under Economic Justice in Luwero.
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