Monday, 4 December 2017, the Earth Charter Youth Coordinator, Christine Lacayo, and myself, Amandine Pieux, had the pleasure of speaking via Skype with the President of the RIJLF (International Network of Young Francophone Leaders), Mélina Seymour, and administrator, Guelmbaye Ngarsandjé. After some very promising e-mail exchanges, we talked about possibilities for joint projects, with a view of extending the scope of the Earth Charter within French speaking regions and to share stories of inspiring youth working towards a sustainable future.
RIJLF is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to connect and engage young native French speakers who put their knowledge and skills at the service of the common good. The company’s head office is based in Quebec (Canada), however, RIJLF is active in many francophone countries through local initiatives that contribute to social or economic development (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Ivory Coast, France, Haiti, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo).
The RIJLF young Francophone leaders work in synergy toward the promotion of freedom, peace, education, training, entrepreneurship, social innovation, the preservation of the environment and ecosystems, and leadership in all French speaking countries. They contribute to transforming society positively through actions in social, entrepreneurial, cultural, and environmental areas or in any other field that aims to improve the living conditions of the population.
The message conveyed by RIJLF, and the conviction that Christine and I perceived through Mélina and Guelmbaye, confirmed our motivation to develop this long term collaboration, to “inspire, motivate, impact positively the young Francophone leaders on the international scene” (RIJLF). In particular, we plan to organize joint webinars to mutually enrich each other’s efforts, share each other’s inspiring youth stories, and promote each other’s initiatives. Through this new partnership, we hope wholeheartedly to awaken the consciousness of young people and to engage them, every day towards a more sustainable and peaceful planet.
Written by Earth Charter Intern: Amandine Pieux