GAICAM Leadership and Community Development Fellowship
About the Fellowship Program
GAICAM Leadership and Community Development Fellowship – GALCODEF, previously known as GAICAM International Leadership and Entrepreneurial Fellowship – GAILEF, is an annual flagship program of GAICAM International which annually brings together young community leaders from across Cameroon and Africa at large.
It is the gathering of a dynamic network of young leaders working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues such as Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change. It is annually organized by GAICAM and partners. GALCODEF equips these dedicated visionaries with the expertise and skills, while offering them a platforms to network and engage with the local governments and communities to develop multisectoral approaches to enhance on Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change.
The preoccupation of this Fellowship program is to strengthen the capacities of young people and put them at the center of decision making, aimed at exploring ways in which young people can engage with their local governments and communities to enhance Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change. This is in an effort to invest in the next generation of Cameroon and African leaders, who will serve as pavements to the growth and development of Cameroon and the continent of Africa.
The Fellowship Community development component covers a wide range of activities such as youth empowerment, women empowerment, health and family welfare, agricultural and allied activities, entrepreneurship and poverty elevation capacity building and more.
The 2022 Fellowship program will host 50 young leaders (40 participants from across Cameroon, and 10 from other African countries) for a period of four months, comprising of two Semesters of four phases. The first semester will host two phases of the program, comprised of two days online and a three days onsite, while the second Semester will equally host two phases of the program, comprising of 8 weeks community activism and two (2) days onsite.
Each participant will have the opportunity to build his or her leadership and organizational skills by carrying out a step down (Pass-it-on) activity in their locality of residence or region of origin during the 8 weeks community activism as a means of strengthening their knowledge of Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change.
The Fellowship is knowledge based and activity oriented, and this year focuses on fostering youth participation in decision making and community development, empowering youths to explore ways in which they can engage with their local governments and their communities in finding sustainable solutions to community challenges, while enhancing Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change.
The semesters will involve discussions on important questions of Peace-Building, community development and Climate Change, as well as some relevant issues to stakeholders. Upon the successful completion of the Fellowship program, each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Interested applicants (male or female) who wish to participate in 2022 Fellowship, should;
- Be between the ages of 18 – 35 years.
- Demonstrate strong interest in Peace-Building and Community Activism in their respective communities or nation. Preferably, Community Initiative leaders or young leaders affiliated to any civil society organization, with a flexible schedule to attend both onsite sessions of the fellowship.
- Be resident in Cameroon, or willing to travel to Cameroon for the time being of the fellowship at their own expense.
- Be ready to work collectively with other from diverse backgrounds.
- Be of good character and ready to respect the Fellowship regulations and the management authorities.
- Be able to speak and write either English or French.
- Be eligible to attend the both onsite sessions of the fellowship to receive the participation Certificate.
- Be willing and capable of conducting a Pass-it-on (PTO) activity in their respective communities/regions to reach at least 50 persons and submit a report to GAICAM. Certificates are given only upon successful completion of the program.
Please note that GALCODEF is not an educational program offering academic courses leading toward a degree. It does not provide funds or any other type of financial aid to graduate students, nor is it designed to finance youth projects/organizations. The program cannot support those seeking to complete professional training programs, attend conferences, or pursue internships at other organizations. It is carefully designed to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
- Interested applicants should download the Application form which can be found below this page, fill it as required and send to; firstname.lastname@example.org , together with their curriculum vitae, a professional half photo of themselves and one (1) recommendation letter from any of the two referees who have been mentioned in their Application form. Please, direct all questions to our WhatsApp account; (+237) 678895757.
- Following the application process, participants will be selected by the Fellowship Coordinating team, based on a set of criteria, including:
- Their interest in the promotion of Peace-Building, Community Development or the fight against Climate Change,
- Their desire to network with others, and
- Their ability to clearly explain how the program will benefit their community and their own efforts towards enhancing Peace-Building, Community Development or the fight against Climate Change.
- The deadline for application for the 2022 edition of GALCODEF is March 6, 2022. One week following the deadline, applicants shall be notified of their status. Selected applicants shall be contacted and provided with further details about the rest of the program. Meanwhile, the first semester of the Fellowship will begin by mid April 2022.
- The GAICAM Leadership and Community development Fellowship (GALCODEF) is FULLY FUNDED by GAICAM and Partner, covering expenses such as the cost of Training, feeding, lodging, training material and others. Never the less there is a token registration fee of 20000frs ($40) to be paid only by candidates who will be selected after the scrutiny of applications.
- A working knowledge of the Fellowship is English and French. It is an important prerequisite for participation in the 2022 Fellowship for general communication purposes. Some facilitators may prefer to use either of the languages. It is therefore important for applicants to at least understand both languages. All application materials must be submitted in English or French.
The first semester of the fellowship will comprise of two separate phases of the Fellowship program, carefully mapped out to equip the fellows with right competences that would enable them collaborate with their local government and communities to enhance Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change.
- Phase One: Online Fellowship
The first Semester of the Fellowship shall begin with a two days general orientation, then follow by a tailored training, specially designed to equip and prepare the participants for the first onsite session of the Fellowship
- Phase Two: Onsite Fellowship
The onsite training course content and setting is carefully designed to facilitate mutual understanding of key concepts on Peace-Building, Climate Change and Community Development, as well as facilitate the intercultural learning and experience sharing among young leaders from diverse cultural backgrounds. The fellowship will equally equip participants by hosting the following;
- Conflict Management Working sessions,
- Increasing Tolerance and Promoting of Co-existence working sessions,
- Countering hate speech and violent extremism working sessions,
- Leadership & entrepreneurship training and concept development,
- Health, Peace-Building and Community Development training sessions,
- Environmental and Recreational Activities,
- Panel Discussions and Interactive Sessions,
- Group Training and Exchange Programs,
- Volunteerism and Community Activism,
- Responsible use of technology, internet and social media to foster Peace-Building, Community Development and the Fight against Climate Change,
- General Reporting and more.
The second semester of the fellowship will equally comprise of two separate phases, carefully designed to past-it-on; give back to the community from the knowledge and the set of skills gained during the first semester of the Fellowship. The second semester will equally focus on measuring the impact of the fest semester through a series of activities by the fellows to enhance Peace-Building, Community Development and the fight against Climate Change.
- Phase Three: Community Activism and Coaching
The first phase of the second semester shall be focus on individual community activism and Coaching. The fellows will individually organize and carry out a past-it-on activity in their respective communities, schedule to run for eight (8) weeks, where each fellow is expected to carry out a Pass-it-on (PTO) activity in their respective communities/regions to reach at least 50 persons and submit a report to GAICAM. The “Pass-it-on” activity entails implementing projects to strengthen knowledge acquired from the first two phases of the Fellowship to foster Peace-Building, community Development and the fight against Climate Change in their respective communities or regions of origin.
They shall focus on topics addressed during the first two phases of the Fellowship and are expected to submit reports of their activities, which include pictures or videos, in order be eligible to participate in the last phase of the Fellowship and receive their Certificate. Certificates are only awarded to participants who successfully complete the all the various phases of the Fellowship.
- Phase Four: Onsite Fellowship and Graduation
The last phase of the second semester will mark the end of the fellowship program. During this last phase of the fellowship, emphasis shall be laid on evaluation of individual projects, presentations of reports, and corrective workshops and seminars. It will equally host activities such as;
- Volunteerism and community activism
- Sports, Animations and Cultural activities
- A mini business show to display products and services
- Graduation and more.
- Certification of fellows. Certificates are given only upon successful completion of the program.
Accommodation and meals shall be covered by GAICAM throughout the duration of each onsite session. The participants are responsible for their roundtrip to and from Yaounde. Each attendee shall be required to bring along their bed spread and other personal toiletries.
GAICAM shall provide attendees with study materials needed for the semester and a manual for their community activism.
It is a unique strategy that gives each participant the opportunity to build his or her leadership, organizational and community oriented skills by carrying out a step down activity in their place of residence or region of origin, as a means of strengthening knowledge acquired from the Fellowship program. Each participants is responsible for the resources needed to organize their Community activism. GAICAM does not fund Past-it-on activities.
Each attendee who successfully completes the two semester activities shall be awarded a Certificate of completion and the Fellowship transcript.
- When a participant fail to complete the program.
- When a participation do not organize a past-it-on activity to touch at least 50 persons.
- When a participant engage on activities to sabotage the Fellowship program.
- When participants fail to submit their reports.
- When participants fail to participate in all the fellowship activities.
During the two onsite fellowship phases, daily sessions shall commence at 8:30am, after health is wealth activities and end at 6:00pm, while the night sessions shall commence at 8:00pm, after dinner at 7:00pm and end at 10:00pm. All sessions are compulsory for participants.
As a way of encouraging healthy living among fellows, they shall participate in the “Health is wealth” daily keep fit sessions. Please note that you are to come along with your sporting kit (white) for the exercises. This session just like any other Fellowship sessions is mandatory for all Fellows without any exemption. It is usually scheduled for 6:00am to 7:00am daily.
Each onsite Fellowship program is carefully designed to be interactive and participatory. Fellows are therefore encouraged to contribute in their own personal capacity. During the onsite sessions, fellows will be shared into various service group for active participation. The major task of the service group is to know the needs of the participants and to pass on the information to the Fellowship team for immediate action. This ensures that the fellows contribute to the success of the fellowship program. The various groups will be made known during the orientation phase.
GAICAM shall not tolerate late coming or absenteeism at the event. Any participant who comes late to, or absents from session(s) for more than three times during the training shall be expel from the program with immediate effect.
Smoking is not permitted in the Fellowship venue. If you wish to smoke, please ensure that you move away from the vicinity. For participants who take alcohol, you are advised not to take alcohol before or during the sessions or you may be asked to forfeit that session.
You are advised to ensure that you are medically fit to attend this event. While we may not insist on medical reports from participants, we advise you to inform us in advance of any special health condition peculiar to you. GAICAM will not be responsible for any health condition or medical cost that may be incurred during or in the process of attending the onsite phases of the fellowship. We regret that we cannot provide health insurance cover for our attendees. However, we shall be attentive to administer possible first aid measures and provide information and directives to get necessary medical attention should the need arise.
In addition, participants are encouraged to be very vigilant towards their personal possessions as we shall take no responsibility for any loss of private possessions incurred during or in the process of attending the onsite fellowship.
Dressing could be formal or informal, western or traditional, but we suggest that moderation in dressing should guide participants. We strongly advise against dressing in a manner that unduly exposes sensitive body parts at any level.
During the last day of each onsite phases of the fellowship, all participants are required to dress in their traditional local attires to promote Cameroon cultural diversity and Africanism.
Participants shall be served breakfast, lunch and supper daily with a variety of one Cameroonian and continental meal throughout each onsite phase.
- What is the cost of participation?
The GALCODEF Fellowship program is a fully funded program (Training, feeding, lodging and training material are all taken care of by GAICAM). Never the less there is a token registration fee of 20000frs (40) to be paid only by candidates who will be selected after the scrutiny of applications.
Exceptionally, former fellows with good past conduct who desire to participate in this improved vision of the Fellowship are free to send in their applications. But they MUST keep familiarity aside and respect the fellowship regulations to avoid being expel from the program.
Download the 2022 Information Booklet and Application Form
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