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Franca Ma-ih Sulem Yong

Afrogiveness Movement (#Afrogiveness)

location_on Cameroon
Coined from "Africa" and "forgiveness", #Afrogiveness is a Peace Education Initiative that offers learning opportunities and psychosocial support to traumatized youth/student survivors of conflict/persecution. We offer scholarships,legal support and provide a safe space for beneficiaries to heal,connect and uplift each other while using their arts to advocate for tolerance, forgiveness and peace.
Franca Ma-ih Sulem Yong, President, #Afrogiveness
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Franca Ma-ih Sulem Yong, President, #Afrogiveness


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2 000
Updated on August 9th, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

My middle name "Ma-ih" means “forgive”.Bullied into depression as a student,I know that trauma is detrimental to learning and traumatized students can be dangerous for society .By advancing Peace Education (for students and educators to live in harmony with themselves and others), I hope to transform beneficiaries into agents of peace and restore education into the pillar of society it should be.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Inspired by Nelson Mandela's quote: " I dream of an Africa in peace with itself," we believe forgiveness is key to peace.#Afrogiveness Centre provides a safe space for survivors of conflict/persecution to heal,connect and uplift each other.We help them positively manage emotional shock as they understand the value of service and transform pain to purpose. We further imbue fortunate students with a sense of responsibility to help their less fortunate counterparts.
Through Arts Therapy, we hone their talents in poetry/storytelling,music/dance,drama/comedy and art/handicraft and convene the annual "Tolerance Show" on international day of tolerance, through which they use their talents to advocate for tolerance,forgiveness, empathy and peace.
We offer Purpose Scholarships to beneficiaries who transform pain to purpose by serving their communities. We harness their leadership, mindfulness and mediation skills and we advance the course for the introduction of Peace Education in schools.

How has it been spreading?

#Afrogiveness, which started in 2018, as a small project offering psycho-social support to 100 traumatized survivors of the Anglophone Conflict has grown into an independent movement of 2000 survivors (including refugees from 8 countries),dedicated to championing Peace Education by promoting tolerance, forgiveness, human fraternity and peace while harnessing their artistic and leadership skills. Some of our targets have been orphaned, bullied, sexually abused, caught in stray bullets,forced into child militarization or street life.
We have featured on international media like BBC,VOA,France 24, Deutsche Welle, Africanews and have won the prestigious Commonwealth Education Award under the category:Education as a pathway to peace, Pollination Project Grant,Youth Movers Gold Award and others

If I want to try it, what should I do?

#Afrogiveness won the Commonwealth Education Award, for its deep impact and its replicability/adaptability across 54 Commonwealth countries.
Replication can be done anywhere in the world by anyone intent on using the universal language of arts to inculcate in students, the values that thread our humanity and ennoble the world.They could partner with us, UN and their Education communities.


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Achievements & Awards

June 2022
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April 2022
Commonwealth Education Award for Good Practice
March 2022
Niwano Peace Foundation Grant
November 2021
Listed top 100 innovations by Nelson Mandela Graca Machel Awards
March 2021
Listed one of 50 African Women in Development
March 2020
The Pollination Project Grant by US based The Pollination Project
February 2020
Honourary Mention during the first Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award in Dubai
October 2019
Named Woman of our Times by the Voice News
June 2019
Commonwealth Secretary General Innovation for Sustainable Development Award from Prince Harry
November 2018
Inspire Cameroon Entrepreneurship Award
July 2018
Youth Movers Gold Award

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