African Empowerment Centre (AEC)
The African Empowerment Centre (AEC) is a NON- Governmental, NON- Political And NON- Religious organization, which was established in Stockholm Sweden, by a group of young people who have strong passion for immigrants and youths..
It was founded in 2008 as the Nigerian Information Centre. We realized soon a broader interest for our organization and respond to it with the name “African Empowerment Centre” since 2010. The organization works primarily to foster closer cooperation and better understanding among young people. It offers a place for encounter and cooperation of NGOs, communities and organizations working on integration between all citizens regardless of ethnic background, religion, physical or mental disability, sex, age or sexual orientation.
Our main aim is to empower the youth and to help in addressing the growing needs of young immigrant, youth training and Information Centre for newcomers. The association’s work is anchored in these key concepts: Integration, democracy & culture, development, education and information. We search the creation of arenas as well as engagement in a constant developing dialogue and reasoning. The African Empowerment Centre concentrates in its work on: Information and advocacy, Education on Cultural diversity, Human rights and Social responsibility. Our work will be based on long-term partnership with NGOs, local and national governments that share the same aspirations and views in our projects. We work together through mobilization of information, education, and cultural and social activities.
What we have accomplished already!
The AEC carried out various activities in fields of education, exchange and raising awareness. Some of our achievements are: A newcomer seminar and two boat cruises, around Stockholm and to Finland, gave opportunities to meet and offered new social and cultural experiences for the participants.
We organized the seminar “Motivation of African Immigrants for a better Social Integration in Sweden” together with Sensus, and “Focus on African Immigrants in Sweden” in cooperation with the MKFC Stockholm College.
In cooperation with the Etnografiska Museet, Stockholm we launched Africa Day (20th Feb. 2010) & AfrikaSthlm:Now! (4th Sept. 2010).
The African Empowerment Centre was able to start its work beyond the borders of Stockholm or Sweden, and is cooperating with several organizations internationally. Members took part in non-formal education opportunities like the University on Youth and Development (2009, 2010), African University on Youth and Development, (Cap Verde, 2010) and the International Youth Convention (Ukraine, 2010), which were offered of our international cooperation partners.
We also hosted the “Young transformers” youth exchange last autumn. This great experience for youth with fewer opportunities was accomplished together with our partner JURE in Portugal and calls for follow-up in form of a training course on youth participation in 2011.
In 2012, we coordinated and collaborated a project on gender equality with Springaid foundation from Goteborg, in Stockholm Sweden. It was a 3 part event, precisely on the 15th September 2012 and the 20th and 27th of October 2012. It covered seminars, workshops, presentations and discussion groups.
Recently in 2015, we got an Erasmusplus grant from the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society- MUCF, for our project titled ‘‘the impact of Social Youth Workers in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods’’. This was an interesting and educative project partnered with other Youth organizations from Finland, Portugal, and Spain, and geared toward capacity building for the leadership structures of these organizations.
Our most recent achievements is our ongoing 18 months project supported with another Erasmusplus grant tagged
‘’Project Connect’’, involving 9 youth organizations from Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sao tome & principle, Mozambique and Spain. This EU-AFRICAN project aims to build capacity and cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices.