IMCS AFRICA IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE CYCLONE IDA

We cannot remain silent following the disaster happening in the Southern region of Africa leaving many people without shelter and food. We, the global family of Pax Romana, stand in solidarity with all the people in the three countries affected. We are with them in our spirit and prayers.
Let us unite our heart and spirit to always remember them in our daily prayers, especially those who are in deep loss and suffering. Solidarity letter to Malawi and Zimbabwe

IMCS AFRICA TOWARDS CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

Climate action 1: CAPACITY BUILDING AND FORMATION ON DROUGHT MITIGATION

Formation for 20 young people to be environmental animators: 10 university youth and 10 community youth.

Capacity and drought preparedness and drought mitigation in participation of 10 university youth and 30 households in Soahazo Madagascar

Formation on water management in Arraguie Agboville Cote d’Ivoire in participation of 30 people

Vegetable gardens demonstration in Soahazo Madagasacr

Vegetable gardens demonstration in Agboville

Climate action 2: CLEAN WATER FOR THE COMMUNITY

SOAHAZO MADAGASCAR AND AGBOVILLE COTE D’IVOIRE

First well for the community in Soahazo

Climate action 4: CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY FROM WASTES- CHARCOAL BRIQUETTING

The aim of this project is to make charcoal briquettes using organic waste papers and charcoal dust as raw material. This is meant to contribute to the country’s strive towards sustainable development in various ways. The briquettes will provide an alternative cheap source of energy to the urban poor, and at the same time exercising, a social responsibility by collecting waste papers, which would otherwise be dumped, to environment and others burnt, as the case is schools. Most schools burn litter in aim cleaning their environment but use poor methods. Open burning provides a waste management solution for them but creates another problem of air pollution. The charcoal briquettes have the following advantages:

  • They burn completely even when used in low efficient cooking technologies.
  • Users are less exposed to health hazards.
  • They do not produce a flame but instead glow hence no fire risks.
  • Produce a lot heat due to high heating value compared to kerosene and charcoal and are much cheaper compared to other forms in term of rate of usage thus reducing cost expenditure. They have 25-27 Kilojoules of energy in every gramme (Kj/g) and it only costs about (US$0.04) to cook a traditional meal of maize and beans for a standard household of five people. This is 9 times cheaper than cooking the same meal with charcoal (US$0.3) and 15 times cheaper than cooking with kerosene (US$0.5)
  • There is no much waste from charcoal briquettes since they do not produce ash as final product; they produce a soil like product, which is easier to manage.

The Burundian team has been trained on the project and the same initiative has been established

Climate action 5:LAUDATO SI THEATRE

Bringing the new encyclical, Laudato Si, into people’s lives through theatre

This project’S intention is to contribute to the efforts being made by many people and organizations within the church in disseminating the aspirations and ideas of the encyclical Laudato Si by Pope Francis. The encyclical calls for sobriety when relating to our environment; both human/social and physical because of the inextricable inter-dependence that exists. The encyclical emphasizes on the creation of an integral ecology. Therefore, the Encyclical by Pope Francis is a worldwide wakeup call and an ethical and moral guide in the common care of our common home.

This project therefore, took the theatre approach in communicating the ideas in Laudato Si. The issues being addressed by the encyclical revolve around the daily encounters of human beings and nature. Putting them in a human society context communicates strongly and appeals to the senses of the audience.

and a lack of well-trained human resources. A critical factor in meeting the challenge of ensuring food security in Africa is human resource development through knowledge building and information sharing.

This project aimed at helping participants identify the gaps in policy and implementation of measures to curb food insecurity with particular interest in youth involvement. Through training workshops, participants identified the link between climate change and food security; they could bring on table for discussion and analyze the issues and cases in their respective country. They also acknowledged the value of the Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching as a tool for this purpose of social transformation and environmental conservation as a moral responsibility and were able defined their role, responsibilities and settled their actions in supporting the African Union and National government policies on Climate Change Agenda.

Climate action 5:E-WASTE MANAGEMENT

E-waste symposium: reflecting on the environmental degradation due to inefficient management of e-waste.

On 11th October  2019, IMCS Africa continued the reflection on the environmental degradation with the student leaders from 23 countries (Africa and Outside Africa)  and some companies experts on e-waste management in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire.

From this symposium, participants are committed to undertaking the following actions:

  1. Support development, harmonization and enforcement of e-waste management policies, laws, regulations, guidelines in Africa.
  2. Undertake a survey/study on e-waste to generate e-waste statistics in Africa to assist in planning, decision making and investment;
  3. Contribute to the development of an e-waste strategy and implementation plan for Africa.
  4. Establish and strengthen the recycling plants to develop Africa’s capacity and encourage innovations to manage e-waste in an environmentally sound manner (ESM)
  5. Train and re-train different stakeholders to increase capacity on ESM so that they can get relevant information (Recyclers, government and government agencies, transporters, refurbishers, etc
  6. Raise awareness among stakeholders and partner with the informal sector, Academia and research institutions.
  7. Lobby for North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation while recognizing that South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to North-South cooperation. We will also promote regional dialogue and coordination across the United Nations through our advocacy team to target pollution and lobby for political will from various governments, Regional Blocks, SADC, IGGAD, COMESA, EAC, ECOWAS, AU, UN etc to support the e-waste Management agenda;
  8. We will target pollution through tailored actions, including environmental agreements.
  9. Revive the Bamako Convention to tackle the ethical issues with regards to transboundary movement of E-waste from the North to the South and South to South.
  10. Encourage sustainable lifestyles and move forward to ensure more sustainable consumption and production patterns, by providing reliable sustainability information to consumers, increasing education and awareness raising, and making it easier to prevent, reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and remake any products, materials and/or services and prevent and reduce waste generation.
  11. Promote the adoption of policies and approaches such as those for the environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste, including the use of integrated life cycle, value chains and sustainable chemistry.
  12. Work with local governments to encourage sustainable models of urban development to address pollution.

E-waste management symposium group photo

Dr. Gilbert Adie, representative of the Basel Convention Centre

Download e-waste symposium declaration E WASTE SYMPOSIUM DECLARATION

Climate action 5: WASTE COLLECTION

IMCS AFRICA IN COLLABORATION WITH FIVE PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN KENYA COLLECTING 

WASTE OF PAPERS TO CLEAN THE ENVIRONMENT 

These dustbins were distributed to them to collect the waste of papers.

It is so amazing to see pupils ready for better and clean environment!

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If you are in Kenya and have waste or unused papers: contact +254722205979 or write to imcs_africa@yahoo.com

CHAPLAINS AND ANIMATORS FORMATION

Apostolic accompaniment of catholic students in Tertiary institutions.

The chaplaincy is not an entity per se but a function, a service within the student community.

In our local churches, bishops, priests and the laity freely discuss the importance of chaplaincy in the university milieu. In reality, however there appears to be some incompatibility between this purpose and the priests, the Chaplains and pastoral workers’ assignment to student chaplaincy. There is a shortage of the clergy in the church, but that alone cannot adequately explain the situation. There is lack of effective and coherent knowledge on our pastoral priorities as well as on some issues and challenges posed by the university to the church and its mission in Africa. Most of the clergy are overwhelmed with duty and could not devote enough time to the pastoral activities of students. All that points to the lack of adequate knowledge on the chaplains status and significance in the entire pastoral activity of our churches.

Most of the institutions of higher learning in Africa do not have fulltime chaplains.  There are volunteer priests who apparently have other duties to play within the assigned parishes.

ENHANCING YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND YOUTH LOBBYING IN ELECTION PROCESS IN AFRICA

A series of activities were done in 2016 and 2017 to assess the current participation of university youth in the general election and to contribute to increase their involvement and their participation in the free and peaceful election.

  • Make an evaluation survey of the value of the election at university campus.
  • Collect the academic reasons of why youth’s participation on election is very low.
  • Find solutions and develop a policy to raise the motivation of young people in election.
  • Increase participation of students and citizens in the election.

SURVEY

Dear Sir/Madam
Kindly help us to fill in this questionnaire. The researcher seeks to obtain information on how to enhance youth participation in election. All information will be treated with confidentiality.

Please, follow this link:

English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7Dti6tJlOStVhvBGxOAMooxfZEOXTyQmWmBEHBYTEEHOsNQ/viewform

The participation of young people in Africa’s electoral and democratic processes is an issue that is of great importance to future  Political trends in the continent.

The focus on youth, in terms of their engagement in the political arena, is a relatively new priority but extremely timely, particularly in light of recent events and democratic transitions. In order to respond to the needs of young people, and to guarantee that their basic human rights are recognized and enforced, young people’s active and meaningful participation in their societies and in democratic practices and processes is of crucial importance. Meaningful youth participation and leadership require that young people and young people-led organizations have opportunities, capacities, and benefit from an enabling environment and relevant evidence-based programmes and policies at all levels. Realizing young people’s right to participate and be included in democratic processes and practices is also vital to ensure the achievement of internationally agreed development goals and to refresh the development agenda. Young people are vital stakeholders in conflict and in peacebuilding and can be agents of change and provide a foundation for rebuilding lives and communities, contributing to a more just and peaceful society.

To find out about the results of the survey, download YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN ELECTION GHANA-DRC-KENYA

ENHANCING FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA

Students’ engagement in filling and implementing policy gaps in food and nutrition security in Africa.

Ensuring food security – the basic right of people to the food they need – is one of the greatest challenges facing the world community. The challenge is most critical in low-income, food-deficit countries. African countries confront many significant political, economic,
social and environmental constraints to increased food production. In spite of the constraints, however, Africans are making some progress in improving food security. Improvements in democracy and political stability in some countries have enhanced the prospects for renewed food production, distribution and purchase. Markets are free and private investment is growing. Where there has been a restoration of peace and security, people have been able to resume farming and agricultural production has increased. In some countries, improved food production is allowing farmers to shift to cash crop development in association with private investment in processing and trading. Ensuring food security – the basic right of people to the food they need – is one of the greatest challenges facing the world community. The challenge is  most critical in low-income, food-deficit countries. African countries confront many significant political, economic, social and environmental constraints to increased food production. In spite of the constraints, however, Africans are making some progress in improving food security. Improvements in democracy and political stability in some countries have enhanced the prospects for renewed food production, distribution and purchase. Markets are freer and private investment is growing. Where there has been a restoration of peace and security, people have been able to resume farming and agricultural production has increased. In some countries, improved food production is allowing farmers to shift to cash crop evelopment in association with private investment in processing and trading. Many of Africa’s agricultural and rural development problems have been related to misguided policies, weak institutions and a lack of well-trained human resources.
A critical factor in meeting the challenge of ensuring food security in Africa is human resource development through knowledge building and information sharing. This project aimed at helping partici
pants identify the gaps in policy and implementation of measures to curb food insecurity with a particular interest in youth involvement. Through training workshops, participants identified the link between climate change and food security; they could bring on a table for discussion and analyze the issues and cases in their respective country. They also acknowledged the value of the Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching as a tool for this purpose of social transformation and environmental conservation as a moral responsibility and were able defined their role,  responsibilities and settled their actions in supporting the African Union and National government policies on Climate Change Agenda.

PEACE BUILDING AND RECONCILIATION

 THE ROLE OF TERTIARY STUDENTS

The project was organized in the framework of the
Post-Conflict peacebuilding actions in South Sudan, Mali, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic. This project mainly focused more on the students within the higher learning institutions, factoring in the local ethnic communities and the cultural diversity that is present among them.
This was done by bringing them together for training on peace and reconciliation and later the participants experienced intercultural and diversity performances from local performances and from a collection of video clips. This was held with the aim of promoting peace and tolerance as the right message for the youth in the
post-conflict society, that the participants want and need Peace and Reconciliation.

International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) is a Catholic based organization that plans to build capacity in reconciliation skills to youths especially those youths at higher learning institutions as a strategy for the healing process.
The social cohesion has weakened due to mistrust and lack of respect for each other’s’ or communities’ religious beliefs and political convictions, thus threatening people’s effective socio-economic participation and their overall human development.

The targeted students of higher learning institutions have little or in most cases lack knowledge and skills to steer successful peace and reconciliation efforts.
The issue, therefore, is how to address the threats of violence, because if ignored democratic governance is at risk and will affect communities’ future social, economic and political participation. It is also about how to start building a culture of peace at higher learning institutions and at the grassroots levels at large. Although peace initiatives are being handled at national levels, if the areas of the target are to move forward from their current stalemate, more peace efforts should go to grassroots, the bottom, where people are, not by the people at the top alone, for a sustainable purpose.

MONTHLY TRAINING-REFLECTION BEING CHRISTIAN LEADER

“God made Himself man so that man,in turn,can be divine”

This statement is well known and expresses one of the most important part of Christian thought.This formula is “unbelievable” in the sense of the literal meaning of the word “unbelievable”.

How can we accept God being three?How can we understand God becoming man?Becoming food?Dying and resurrecting ?Moreover, how can we believe that we also resurrect,know God and live in his happiness? This appears to be absurd to an “unbeliever”.

Christians are so much used to their religious formulate that there is great possibility of not being astonished,and hence not realizing the enormity of what they believe in,and what a divine gift it is.

The “Life of faith” session would like to take cognizance of the genesis and value of Christian faith by familiarizing itself with extraordinary truths about the mystery that it professes.

HOW TO CONDUCT TRAINING

Four or five students come together in a quiet place during their free time. They dedicate some time to prayer asking for guidance of the Holy Spirit.

They then read the presentation that is given to introduce each step  of training stage.

The reading is followed by few minutes of personal reflection.After that,they share on the topic to understand what is given and to deepen the real meaning.The proposed questions for every text help in this process.

Each lesson gives some biblical references that they will read in their context.The word of God is our basic food.

To be able to bring the reading and reflection to social context and come to a common conviction is the fruit of sharing what the spirit is giving to each participant. All are then invited to take a practical resolution, something that is a sign of their commitment for Christ.

A prayer closes the medication time.

All this can be done in about half an hour. This exercise is designed to allow the participants to progress in their journey throughout the year.

Download 2017 Spiritual formation programme year 2017 BEING A CHRISTIAN LEADER-2017

Pour telecharger le programme de formation spirituelle annee 2017 FORMATION SPIRITUELLE LEADERSHIP CHRETIEN 2017

CATHOLIC STUDENTS IN DAKAR IN UNION WITH GARISSA  DURING WORLD PEACE DAY

WEEKEND NATIONAL RETREAT LESOTHO

Date: 17-18th September 2016

Students were so many during this retreat, they were vibrant and very energetic. They’d  love to learn more about IMCS and get to see other dynamics in the future.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY

IMCS Pax Romana Ghana’s message:

We at the National office of IMCS-Pax Romana Ghana Federation pray for God’s mercy, in this year’s World Youth Day celebration that we will be able, as youths, to identify our calls and vocations in regards to the discharge of duties in the mother church. Let us all pray with one heart together with the Holy Father Pope Francis I for the youths across globe to help us identify and accept the will of God in our lives. WYD began with Pope John Paul II’s invitation to young people in 1984 with the idea of celebrating Palm Sunday with population more than 300,000.The following year 1985 coincided with the United Nation International year of youth.

To see the whole message, clic World Youth Day Ghana

Laudato Si: Our common home

Pollution hurts the poor and is linked to the “throwaway culture.” let us commit to protect, conserve and preserve. IMCS Africa students are working on the dissemination of the ideas conveyed in Pope Francis encyclical-“Laudato si”. It is also a solidarity campaign to support the preferential option for the poor.

Laudato Si

Laudato Si

Laudato Si

Laudato Si

Pax Romana Pan Africa IMCS Coordination Office Nairobi-Kenya

Pax Romana Pan Africa IMCS Coordination Office Nairobi-Kenya

Pax Romana Pan Africa IMCS Coordination Office Nairobi-Kenya

Laudato Si Theatre rehearsal

Pax Romana Pan Africa IMCS Coordination Office Nairobi-Kenya

Pax Romana Pan Africa IMCS Coordination Office Nairobi-Kenya

Pax Romana Pan Africa IMCS Coordination Office Nairobi-Kenya

Pax Romana Pan Africa IMCS Coordination Office Nairobi-Kenya

Students’involvement in taking care of our common home