Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Since 2013, we launched the pilot phase of the program through public speaking workshops "From the Book to the Word" at the Francophones Activity Center. Thus, more than 296 Egyptian schoolchildren, 200 university students were initiated and trained on debate and leadership, basing on their reading of books borrowed from the Library. In 2013 we started "The Great Debater", the first debate-shows in Dschang, under CDA’s initiative. Here it is almost 45 young people who participate. The impact of these activities on academic, managerial and entrepreneurial skills of young people is considerable: nearly 92% of participants succeed academically, 73% are currently involved or working on social and community projects, and 44% are now financially autonomous and impact their environment thanks to their sense of leadership. Young girls participating were more dynamic and aware of their responsibility as active agents for the construction for an equal and fair society. Here is the testimony of a young Alexandrian Girl at the end of a workshop: “Art of Speech will change Africa. In public speaking, words are our weapons. We no longer need real weapons to solve our problems. We need peace”. (14 March 2014). Art of speech help them to be aware of Global Citizenship Education, more dynamic and tolerant. Our network is constituted of a hundred of debate and leadership club in school and university milieu with more than 3000 young members. We measure the success of the program through: - The increase of library attendance and reading centers. - Numbers of debate club created, of championship organised - Annual turnout to World School Debate Championship. - Traditional and modern oral practices are publicized at 100 % - The love of reading will be generated and maintained by students at 70% - The level of education in oral practices will rise
Sustainability and future plans
Advertising, viewers’ votes, online gambling and revenues generated by the sale of TV license rights will serve to support partially or entirely the best speakers in their social or personal project and ensure the program sustainability. For the production and broadcasting, our television partner will endorse the media aspect of the project. Each season will be live broadcasting or Video on Demand. Our program will sustain because 41% of the population is aged under 15. Our core target is youth from 12 to 25 from Form V to Upper Sixth classes. And television is the main medium they are connected to. So far, there is NO public speaking program for a youth audience. “Chercher le Mot”, “Le Défi” and “The Brain Box” (CRTV) are the common intellectual program targeting a youth audience. However, they are embracing a traditional status with just an educational objective. They can’t be consider as cultural enterprise. AFRICA GAWLO will be the first cultural enterprise to promote the industrialisation of oral practices through oratory games. During the Period: 2016-2020: We are developing a new concept: “The Speaking House” that will develop the entrepreneurial skills of members while strengthening their business abilities. It is a financial empowerment program of the association which has already trained several young leaders acting at national and international level. In 2025, AFRICA GAWLO will be export in African countries who request it. Our unique model will serve to launch a sub-regional, continental and world championship. In 2013, we will launch “Africa Gawlo Magazine/press” in other African countries. That will increase the auction: more participants and sponsors, more competition, development of the program in several languages, digitalization of the project, granting scholarship for speakers. In the long term, we will occupy a leadership place on the debate-show market with our special
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Elongue is a young cameroonian with strong communication and organisational skills gained in debate trainings and workshop. He realised an internship on youth literature at the National Library of France while concluding a master degree on Management of Cultural Industries as a scholarship holder at Senghor University Alexandria. He's tech savvy and passionately committed to education, youth entrepreneurship, women empowerment. He's the Program Director of the International Network for the Promotion of Art of Speech in Africa, The Caribbean and The Pacific and President of Senghor Forensics Society. He has been the: - Founder of Learn to Understand: an education centre helping university students to improve their academics and research skills. - cofounder the Bilingual Club for National Unity. - cofounder of Young Social Development Actors. - Volunteer at Cameroon Debate Association. - Member of Young African Leadership Initiative and International Youth Federation for Democracy and Peace. He won the “Leopold Sedar Senghor Novel Contest, Prize PICADELF, 1st Prize of Short Story of the AUF, 3rd Best Speaker of the University of Dschang, 2nd “Best Serial Moocer in the World”. Awarded the Valedictorian Honor during Bachelor degree on Bilingual Letter and dux in Master I degree on “Africa and Globalization”. Afropolitan, he dreams of a world without barriers with more love and respect within civilisations. Life holds special magic for those who dare to dream and dare to be the ever chosen one to touch the sky.He's a big dreamer who never gives up until he achieves its goals. AFRICA GAWLO is the ideal solution to face the poor interest on books amongst African. As a bibliophile, he knows the power of reading in transforming people life. The Africa’s greatest poverty is made of insufficient intellectual minds who think together. We should more debate than fight. Words are our weapons.