Committed to pave the way to a brighter future
Launched in 2016 against the backdrop of the proclamation by the UN of 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent, FYI - PourInfoSVP started off as a Facebook page meant to empower the African youth about their historical, social, political and cultural identity so that they will be a force to be reckoned with by 2030, primarily as the next representatives of the continent on the international stage. However, in the midst of our search to find the best ways to make a social impact, we came across different studies and reports about the potential African demographic dividend of 2055 and how to harness it and rightfully reap the rewards (just like Asia did in the second half of the 20th century). Since youth employment seems to be one of the keys to unlocking African’s future economic prosperity, we have decided to create a one-stop website for African students and graduates aged between 18 and 35 and where they could find free online resources and initiatives that will help them acquire and develop the educational and employability skills they need to thrive as astounding leaders in the decades to come and dispel negative preconceived ideas about the continent. Although it might seem that we have changed horses in midstream since 2016, we haven’t since FYI-PourInfoSVP is now part of a broader initiative called Sapere Aude Africa which will soon launch two other websites focused on the “Justice” and “Culture” axes of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, FYI-PourInfoSVP being our “Development” oriented website. We also fall in line with the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, especially SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).
Leading the African youth towards success through mobile internet and social media
Africa’s going through a digital revolution thanks to the proliferation of cheap smartphones. Most Africans connect to the internet with a mobile phone to perform online activities that are usually done on desktop computers or laptops in developed countries. Due to a notable increase in social media use, mobile broadband allows people from remote rural areas to be connected to the rest of the world. At FYI – PourInfoSVP, we are deeply convinced that the African youth has so much to offer to the world, other than images of idle young people with no prospects. We think that mobile internet is part of the solution to help each young African person realize his fullest potential and achieve his goals, by apprising him or her of the vast array of free online resources for personalized learning, scholarships and internships.
VALUES WE HOLD
Committed to give back to the continent and to make a difference
As children of the African diaspora, our identity at FYI-PourInfoSVP has been shaped by African and faith-based values such as a sense of community, respect, solidarity and traditional wisdom.
A sense of community: Although we are from different countries, social, cultural, religious, political or educational backgrounds, we proudly embrace our differences and refuse to sweep them under the rug. Why? Because we remain ONE in our diversity.
Respect: We are adamant that consideration towards a fellow human being, regardless of his social or economic background, education or abilities, is not to be awarded or earned: it is offered. We stand by the Golden rule at FYI-PourInfoSVP, we respect the humanity in other people.
Solidarity: We believe that “when you climb up a ladder, you don’t just pull it up. You look down and see if there’s someone else who needs a hand up.”
Traditional wisdom: While we exhort people to get educated, we nonetheless do not think “book smarts” necessarily trumps “street smarts.” A well-rounded person is both. Therefore, we aspire to cultivate and apply in the endeavours the wisdom passed down to us from generation to generation through ancient legends, tales and proverbs.