Applications are open for the 5th African World Heritage Youth Forum, a capacity building exercise focusing on Youth, Entrepreneurship and Heritage Sustainability in Africa. The Forum places an emphasis on entrepreneurship skills development towards promoting and increasing African youth participation in the stewardship and promotion of World Heritage in Africa in a creative and innovative approach. It will take place 28 April – 5 May 2020 at Robben Island, South Africa.
The eight-day Forum will consist of interactive oral presentations from youth participants and experts from different fields combined with hands-on activities, group sessions and discussions, as well as guided visits to Robben Island World Heritage site.
Participants will gain entrepreneurship knowledge and skills in business opportunity identification and evaluation, business management, financial resources mobilization for business start-ups and/or expansion, entrepreneurial mindset skills, communication and networking, business plan development and sustainability of World Heritage. Participants will also benefit from mentorship and technical support from the organizers of the Forum.
The results of the Forum will be presented on the 5th of May as part of the celebration of African World Heritage Day and during the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee in July 2020.
The costs for the forum participation (return airfare, accommodation, meals, local transportation in South Africa) will be covered by the organisers. Selected participants shall meet their own local costs in the country of origin, as well as visa application costs to enter the Republic of South Africa.
Applicants should be an African citizen between the ages of 18 – 35, with at least a post-secondary certified training and/or qualification. They should also be fluent in English and able to communicate in at least one of the other three official languages of the African Union (French, Portuguese and Arabic).