The International Law & Advocacy Internship

Leadership Initiatives is working to end human rights abuses in Northern Nigeria through advocacy, awareness, and education. As part of the International Law & Advocacy Program, Leadership Initiatives identifies critical human rights issues in Bauchi and the individuals and organizations fighting for a change.

Leadership Initiatives then pairs International Law & Advocacy Interns with community leaders and project managers. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with the community leaders to support and incubate local human rights solutions. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to create human rights campaigns that focus on improving access to education, empowering women, ending domestic violence, and fighting human trafficking. International Law & Advocacy Interns will also prepare a community workshop that will be implemented in the spring of 2021.

The International Law & Advocacy Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of fighting human rights abuses and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local community members will expand essential civic skills and knowledge, building their practical ability to advocate for themselves and others, and enhance awareness for human rights within the community.


Gabriela Laorden

IES Diego Velázquez

Class of 2023

Gabriela Laorden is a student at IES Diego Velázquez. Gabriela is a dedicated honor student who is enrolled in both Excellence and Dual Diploma courses.

Gabriela enjoys music. She has been enrolled in flute lessons ever since she was seven years old. She also has been a member of the Symphonic Band from Torrelodones for five years now. During her free time, Gabriela enjoys writing and singing.

Gabriela is excited to take part in the International Law & Advocacy Internship this year. She loves fighting against social injustices. In the future, she hope to be able to solve important social issues all around the globe.

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Carla Monfort

Colegio Los Sauces Torrelodones

Class of 2023

Carla Monfort is starting her year 11th at Los Sauces Torrelodones School in Spain. Carla is enrolled in the Bio-scientific program as well as in the final year of the Dual Diploma to obtain the American High School certificate.

Carla Monfort enjoys athletics and she was the Primary school triathlon champion in Las Rozas. She is part of the debate team and has won several championships with her team. During her free time, Carla enjoys reading, skiing whenever possible and traveling. She also loves animals and has spent last summer as a volunteer for wild animals in a reserve in Bostwana.

Carla is excited to be participating in the Access to Justice & Rule of Law Forum. She is very involved in humanitarian topics and wants to become a medical doctor to be able to help more people in the future.

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Our Human Rights Issue

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


Our Human Rights Issue

Statistics

Community Outreach

Community Impact

Inadequate Education

Our Human Rights Issue

Inadequate education affects children and teenagers that attend school in Nigeria.

This issue derives from the lack of funding as it is accountable for the lack of infrastructures in school and the poor teacher salaries, teachers' inadequate methods and corruption and politicization of education.

This is a very important issue since education is key for personal growth and the development of the country.

Statistics

Approximately 258 million children and youth are out of schooling. 10.5 million children in Nigeria are out of school, the highest rate in the world. In our survey of Bauchi, Nigeria:

• 76% of the participants have children who either attends school or has received a formal education

• 38% said their local school did not provide an adequate education

• 76% agreed that their local schools were missing key materials and supplies

Community Outreach

We hope that our conceived community workshop can be held with young people aged 13-17 who are enrolled in school in order to discuss the quality of their education and create awareness of inadequate education.

We plan to cover information regarding the importance of education and why it should be adequate in the community.

Community Impact

By discussing the many advantages that education can provide and engaging in open dialogue with students we hope to allow young people to make the best, most informed choices for themselves in order to best benefit their futures. Our goal is to aid young people in engaging with education as best as they desire.


Our Approach

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


SURVEY

Our team is drafting letters to the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria to outline the impact of Inadequate Education, urging the commission to take the necessary steps in revising human rights policies in the country.


HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

To raise awareness for Inadequate Education in Bauchi, our team is designing a comprehensive human rights campaign for Bauchi to provide resources to community members to educate themselves on the issue and take steps to join the fight.


HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

To help defend Inadequate Education, our team is developing a community workshop that equips and gives a platform to human rights activists who are ready to boldly change their community.


Our Fundraising

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


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DONORS

$573

STILL NEEDED

$177

RAISED

$750

GOAL

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the highest growth rates globally over the past 10 years. While this means that people in these nations have become more optimistic about their social and economic future, the region continues to face a myriad of historical problems. In order to continue steady growth and achieve a future of equitable conditions in the region, our International Internship Program team seeks to build stronger communities from the grassroots level through fundraising for community development.

Funds raised are used to implement community-based education programs, pay staff to run the operations on-site, and invest in training for local leaders. Leadership Initiatives uses fundraised money to develop a network of support for actionable change and accountability between our team, the Leadership Initiatives staff, and the community stakeholders we work with.

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