International Youth Fellowship Program 2017

International Youth Fellowship Program 2017


NESFAS youth part of The Indigenous Partnership (TIP)-International Youth Fellowship Program 2017 in Rome, Italy.

This week saw the initiation of the TIP- International Youth Fellowship Program 2017 in Rome, Italy. Supported by The Christensen Fund (TCF), the fellowship aims to create a platform for exchange among young minds from indigenous communities and sync then to world views and actions while maintaining theirfor identities. The Fellowship program is designed for four months and will be hosted with TIP partner Bioversity International in Rome, Italy, an international agricultural research institution with a focus on scientific evidence. The program is aimed at preparing the fellows through training, professional development, networking, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agrobiodiversity issues, and also to develop exposure through different Rome-based UN Agencies. The Fellows selected this program include Pius Ranee and Alethea Kordor Lyngdoh from Meghalaya. They are joined by Nutdanai Trakansuphakon from Thailand and Roba Bulga Jilo from Ethiopia. From the 27th August 2017 to 1st September 2017, the group will also be trained by the Advanced Creative Training of VIPP (Visualisation in Participatory Programs) Facilitators in the Training Centre of Monastery St. Ulrich, SW Germany. This Training of Facilitators is a specialised workshop for experienced facilitators and trainers, who want to engage in global or local institutional work.

The fellowship addresses two core areas of TIP work, firstly agroecology which has increasingly emerged as the connecting thread of all their agendas. The second is Communications which is essential to share the grassroot stories on a global platform.   The time spent in Europe will allow each of the Fellows to be exposed to best minds at related organisations like Bioversity International, iFAD, FAO, Slow food and many more.  Says Phrang Roy, Coordinator TIP, “ While each of the Fellows has individually shown dedicated efforts in their home communities, the time at the TIP fellowship allows them concentrated exposure of working within a system and its work orders. This will tune them to a professional code of conduct and functioning in a global organisation.  At the same time, as the fellows travel on field visits with experts they learn technical terminology, observation, scientific analytics and their social connections.”

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