Last Friday, June 26th, the 2020 Global Citizen Scholars completed their online intensive training course on “Africa and COVID-19: Multidisciplinary Insights” with the University of Bordeaux.
On the final day, the scholars presented the results of their group work. Each group was comprised of 4-5 participants, including both BKMC Global Citizen Scholars and other attendees of the course. The groups were assigned to cultivate a multidisciplinary and international team that was tasked with preparing a presentation as a specific stakeholder. It was designed as a “roll-play” exercise, where the young academics were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for addressing COVID-19 related challenges in Africa directly to decision-makers.
One team, including BKMC scholar Tafadzwa Sachikonye, presented as an NGO addressing a foundation to ask for funds to address the spread of COVID-19 in a refugee camp in Nigeria.
In another presentation, including BKMC scholar Ruvimbo (Ru) Samanga, the group presented as international experts addressing the Nigerian government, offering recommendations for alternatives to re-confinement.
Another group, including BKMC scholar Odour Kevin, presented as a group of scientists addressing the WHO African Regional Office and compared four different African country’s responses to COVID-19.
Finally, after all the presentations were completed, the scholars had a round of feedback and shared their thanks for the opportunity to take the course.
Moving forward, the BKMC Global Citizen Scholars will now begin implementation of their proposed SDG Micro-Projects which will take place over the next 6-months. Furthermore, they will attend expert meetings and workshops hosted by the BKMC and benefit from one-on-one mentoring.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we continue to share information about this year’s scholars!