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About USAWI4AFRIKA

The initiative seeks to sensitize and create accelerated awareness to a critical mass of students and faculty staff within institutions of higher education on the importance of and the need to embrace Animal Welfare within and around communities and/or organizations operating adjacent to these institutions of learning in Africa. It is an initiative purely driven by Students who, prior to commencing their sensitization and awareness endeavor, are thoroughly oriented on the basic knowledge of Animal Welfare in line with their course program.

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USAWI4AFRIKA

A World in Which Students within Institutions of Higher learning in Africa, both in and out of school embrace Animal Welfare as a Way of Life and voluntarily sensitizing their peers to do so.

To Accelerate Awareness towards Measurable Behavioral Change to a Critical Mass of Students and Faculty Staff within Institutions of Higher Learning and Surrounding Environs in Africa on the Importance of Animal Welfare and the Need to Act Fast.

To accelerate awareness towards acceptable universal standards of treating animals in a humane manner in Africa, and in further recognition of the March 2 2022 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) 5.2 adoption of a resolution on the Nexus between Animal Welfare, Environment, and Sustainable Development, Innovative Academic Placement Solutions [INAPS] backed by like-minded partners established a ‘Students’-Faculty-Staff Animal Welfare Awareness and Sensitization initiative’ dubbed USAWI 4Afrika. The initiative is always run within the University or TVET institution where registered USAWIs are found with a direct links at INAPS satellite offices within the designated region. Also aligned to the implementation process is the Animal Welfare Organization providing Veterinary Officers and capacity-building sessions of all involved in the program at any given location.
USAWI 4Afrika always takes a tripartite approach to the animal welfare sensitization and awareness model. What this means is that the partnership is always between, INAPS, a reputable and functional local Animal Welfare Non-Governmental Organization working with Community Animal Owners within their vicinity, and one Institution of Higher Learning and/or a reputable and recognized TVET institution e.g., a polytechnic operating within that vicinity. This is maintained for the purpose of synergy merge to ensure that the optimum value of measurable behavioral change to a critical mass of the target group on Animal Welfare is achieved by the end of a given period of engagement.

For ease in USAWI’s institutionalization, the initiative is hosted within the designated University’s or TVET’s existing Centre of Excellence [CoE]. For institutions that have not yet set up their CoEs at the point of USAWI 4Afrika Entry, INAPS collaborates and partners with the university or TVET and like-minded partners to seek and pool resources [through resource mobilization and fundraising endeavors] that will in the long run make the establishment of the CoE realized.

The presence of a COE eases the adoption of knowledge and information on Animal Welfare within the Grouped USAWI 4Afrika members in each institution. The CoE acts as a repository of information, data and skill enhancement to sufficiently achieve the objective of USAWI 4Afrika. USAWI 4Afrika Model seeks to establish a critical mass of a highly sensitized, capacity built and resource-enhanced group of University & TVET Students [engaged in well-thought-out strategic activities that have capacity to influence measurable behavioral change towards animals.

INAPS believes that regardless of the course/program a student is undertaking in college or at his or her university, there always is a point of convergence between what he or she is studying and the welfare of animals within his or her location of study. Furthermore, embracing animal welfare as a scholar is an ethical thing to do; the more reason why USAWI 4Afrika Concept encourages students to seek “the point of convergence of the course they are undertaking and seek ways of applying the same for a positive impact in Animal Welfare, at university grounds, faculty level and within the environs.

Students with ‘attractive’ and replicable innovations that relate their course of study to improved animal welfare within their learning vicinity and environs stand high chances of being technically and financially supported to actualize their ideas to scale during and after school. The concept envisions a world where every course taught within institutions of learning in Africa will incorporate an Animal Welfare advocacy program within the level of that course and/or program as so do Climate Change interventions along with all facets of training in Africa today.

Depending on the country in mention, the USAWI member ‘carries’ the full name/identity of his or her country of engagement against the USAWI entry-level he or she joins the program at, thus; USAWI (Country)-(Region)-Africa. In clusters of ten (10), the USAWIs are categorized as either USAWI Juniors [USAWI-J], USAWI Seniors [USAWI-S], USAWI Fellows [USAWI-F] and ultimately USAWI Alumnus [USAWI-A]. A qualified veterinarian is attached to each of the USAWI cluster of 10 and works closely with the group as the designated ‘advisor’ to the USAWI members at any given period of time. Designated USAWI Veterinarians answer to the “Head of Team – Regional USAWI Veterinarian Officer located at the Animal Welfare Organization working in close collaboration with INAPS.

For a period of 3 months, the USAWI capacities are enhanced to enable them to accelerate performance in awareness, carry out sensitization, lobby & advocate for Animal Welfare consciousness towards measurable behavioral change within institutions of learning and surrounding environs.

Students from Universities or TVETs from across East, Central, and West Africa undertaking a course related to any of the following nine (9) economic sectors below are eligible to participate in the USAWI 4Afrika initiative [Terms & Conditions Apply].

  1. Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry & Fisheries 
  2. Mining, Oil, Gas & Quarrying 
  3. Manufacturing 
  4. Energy, Electricity, & Water 
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Commercial, Distributive, Wholesale & Retail Trade
  7. Transport, Storage & Communication
  8. Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services
  9. Government Ministries, Counties, Parastatals, Education and Research Institutions, Commissions & Community

USAWI 4Afrika initiative has begun its rollout in East, Central, and West Africa in collaboration with like-minded organizations in these regions. The “USAWI 4Afrika Continental Compact” will be officially launched at the Gala dinner during the premiere 1st Regional Conference on “Funding Beyond Government Aid 2022 (FBGA 2022) for Universities, TVETs, and Industry Players in East, Central & West Africa [www.fundingbeyondgovaid.org] to be held from 27-30 June 2022, at Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre, Mount Kenya University, Thika Campus, Kenya in East Africa. Country Chapters continue to be rolled out across different regions in Africa. A parallel launch of the USAWI 4Afrika Cameroon Chapter is being launched on the 25th of May 2022 at Hill Park Hotel, Nkwen Bamenda, North West Cameroon.

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BENEFITS OF BEING IN USAWI 4AFRIKA PROGRAM

  1.  

    1. Opportunity to pitch & obtain funds to implement entrepreneurial initiatives that contribute to the welfare of Animals alongside their course program. [Terms & Conditions Apply].
    2. Opportunity to get connected to attachment & internship placement on a 1st priority basis [Terms & Conditions Apply]
    3. Opportunity to apply for and stand a chance to gain a scholarship in a particular study of choice that directly or indirectly contributes to Animal Welfare [Terms & Conditions Apply]. 
    4. Opportunity to take part in the USAWI 4Afrika in-country and inter-country exchange visits within East, Central & West Africa [Terms & Conditions Apply].
    5. Opportunity to undergo sponsored training, seminars & workshops on the subject of Animal Welfare and gain further benefits therein. 
    6. Opportunity to obtain an official ‘Certificate of Participation under USAWI 4Afrika Initiative’ – which accelerates your career aspirations.
    7. Opportunity to meet up and network with top leaders and reputable mentors in your line of career aspirations – eradicates a long process of linkages with worthwhile networks for your fast career acceleration build-up.
    8. Opportunity to join the prestigious USAWI 4Afrika Alumni and enjoy the benefits therein.
    9. A chance to own a gift hamper that consists of basic practice training equipment that also support your ongoing course at your university or TVET [include but are not limited to smartphones for group team leaders, tablets for lead vets per group, overall gear, sun cap, t-shirt, gumboots, stethoscope, notebooks, diary and pen, external info-disk; Terms & Conditions Apply].
     10. Opportunity to join and take part as one of the Conference Organizers for the annual FBGA Regional Conference [Note; FBGA 2022 is taking place in Thika, Kenya while     FBGA 2023 is taking place in Ghana from 26-30th June 2023; Terms & Conditions Apply].

 

  1. Opportunity to collaborate with Conference Organizers in hosting the FBGA Regional Conference held annually. 
  2. Opportunity to receive training and skill enhancement for University/TVET designated trainers/lecturers under USAWI 4Afrika initiative.
  3. Opportunity to collaborate with INAPS and Partners in annual fundraising initiatives towards implementation of successfully funded partnership programs that benefit the institution.
  4. Opportunity for establishment or upgrading of existing Centre of Excellence tackling pertinent society issues within your University/TVET institution [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  5. Opportunity to host USAWI 4Afrika Annual Lined-up Events taking place within the institution.
  6.  Opportunity to host Annual Regional USAWI 4Afrika Convention.

 

  1. Opportunity to take part in technically and financially beneficial attachment and internship capacity building programs, trainings, workshops & seminars for your institution. [stand a chance for accreditation by designated authorities as a training institution; Terms & Conditions Apply]
  2. Opportunity to collaborate with INAPS and Partners in annual fundraising initiatives towards implementation of successfully funded business partnership programs that benefit the institution [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  3. Opportunity to take part in policy reform dialogues regarding pertinent issues affecting the society in today's contemporary world [Climate Change, Animal Welfare, Supply Chain, etc.].
  4. Opportunity to take part in curriculum development pertaining to pertinent issues affecting society today.

     5. Opportunity to host USAWI 4Afrika Students’ Exchange Mobility Program across East,      Central & West Africa.

 

  1. Opportunity to take part in attachment and internship capacity building programs, training, workshops & seminars for your institution. 
  2. Opportunity to collaborate with INAPS and Partners in annual fundraising initiatives towards implementation of successfully funded business partnership programs that benefit the institution [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  3. Opportunity to take part in policy reform dialogues regarding pertinent issues affecting the society in today’s contemporary world [Climate Change, Animal Welfare, Supply Chain, etc.].
  4. Opportunity to take part in curriculum development pertaining to pertinent issues affecting society today.

     5. Opportunity to host quarterly USAWI 4Afrika Students’ Exchange Mobility Program across      East, Central & West Africa.

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How Does USAWI-Africa Initiative Work

Preliminaries

Before an institution of higher learning is engaged to implement USAWI initiative, INAPS in partnership with the designated University and Animal Welfare Organization undertake two (2) comprehensive baseline studies that later inform the results of the graduated USAWIs work at the end of the one (1) year campaign period. This is in addition to informing review of the USAWI initiative as well as Animal Welfare related matters in the said location accordingly. These studies include but not limited to:

  1. Perceptions of animal welfare and animal welfare sensitization resources for undergraduate students and faculty staff undertaking diverse course programs at the institution of higher learning whether animal-related or not.
  2. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice (KAP) survey for surrounding communities and organizations operating within the institution environment.
  1. Interested students submit their interest to enroll as USAWIs at entry-level J, referred to as USAWI-Junior by filling in an online application form on INAPS website. 
  2. Those that qualify to join Level J are then recruited, vetted, trained, and deployed to undertake a comprehensive USAWI 4Afrika program.

Note: The process of graduation from USAWI-J to USAWI-Alumnus takes one (1) Animal Welfare Campaign Calendar Year.

3. Qualified Students then engage in the implementation of a 3-month Animal Welfare Awareness & Sensitization practice period.

4. Upon completion of Phase 1 under USAWI Junior, the students undertake an evaluation which then enable them to move to USAWI Senior, progressing to USAWI Fellow and into USAWI Alumni. [Each student follows a strict graduation from level one to the other].

Note: Each USAWI closely works with INAPS and partners and is guided by a qualified visiting veterinarian from one (1) affiliated Animal Welfare organization in partnership with INAPS and the Institution of Higher Learning in mention (University and/or TVET).

A detailed criteria (principle) on modalities of how to graduate from one USAWI level [from junior level all the way to alumni level] has been comprehensively developed and documented into Guide Manuals by INAPS and partners for purposes of ensuring quality and success in the USAWI 4Afrika Initiative.

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5-AWARENESS CONSCIOUSNESS PROCESS FOR USAWIs

The initiative embraces the 5-Awareness Conscious Process as explained below.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of merely listening to what others are saying about Animal Welfare with little intentions to change behavior towards Animals, whether for their own good or the good of others.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of beginning to think through whether the subject of Animal Welfare is important to them or not.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at the level of beginning to embrace Animals as sentient beings and then begins to intentionally seek more information to warrant their personal engagement to protect animals.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of consciously taking personal initiative to understand animals, their welfare and how to treat them humanely, and how they relate to him or her and his or her surrounding environment.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of fully embracing Animal Welfare as an ethical matter of personal interest and actively and proactively influencing their own peers to act accordingly as a way of life regardless of place, time or location.

FBGA 2022 Conference Organizers & Advisory Team take cognizance of University
and TVET Students’ capacities and immense potential that they possess in playing a
key role in resolving societal problems affecting Sub Sahara Africa today.

Of critical importance is the desire for Sustainability of the Institutions of Learning
where each of these students is currently undertaking their studies. The organizers
therefore have embraced the need for these students spread across East, Central
and West Africa Regions to take part and participate in the FGBA 2022 Conference
whether in-person or virtually and while doing so get an opportunity to enroll for full
funded initiatives being undertaken through the FBGA 2022 and INAPS platform in
partnership with key sponsors and collaborators. This will enable them become part
of translating their knowledge into applicable skills, and through critical thinking play
a role in solving societal problems affecting Sub Sahara Africa today with a focus on
East, Central & West Africa.

All university students regardless of the course they are undertaking are eligible to
apply. However, attendance to the FBGA 2022 conference is a precondition to being
selected to take part in any of the fully sponsored initiatives as explained below.

The Conference Organizers through key sponsors have taken up 80% of the total
conference cost per student and given them a relatively affordable rate to enable
them enroll for the conference.

With USD 20 equivalent to KES. 2000/- [virtual attendance] and USD 80 equivalent
for in-person participation], students intending to attend the conference have an
opportunity to access all of the conference attendance benefits indicated.

The conference fee caters for:

  • 4-day participation to the conference;
  • Conference materials [bag, notebook, pen and t-shirt];
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Automatic enrolment into the ongoing student-based initiatives indicated
    below:

The 3 initiatives being undertaken under 3 focus areas include:

  • University Students Animal Welfare Influencers for Africa [USAWI 4AFRIKA]
    initiative [see https://inaps.net/usawi/] or
    https://www.fundingbeyondgovaid.org/usawi-initiative/] Terms &
    Conditions Apply.
  • Sub-Sahara University Students Sustainable Packaging Accelerators
    [SUSSPAC] https://inaps.net/susspac/
  • Young Drivers in Supply Chain Transformation Agenda in ECWA [YDSCT]
1. 4 full days of active conference participation (special conference link to be given to each student participating virtually) with an opportunity to grow your networks through the provided conference platform – your networks are your net worth! 2. Certificate of Participation in attendance of FBGA 2022 – which adds to your career growth & development, now & in the future. 3. Opportunity to Pitch your innovative idea on any pertinent issue being tackled at conference towards seed capital opportunity and/or engagement in ongoing initiatives being currently driven by a consortium of experts. Current initiatives include but not limited to:
  • University Students Animal Welfare Influencers for Africa [USAWI 4AFRIKA] initiative [see https://inaps.net/usawi/] or https://www.fundingbeyondgovaid.org/usawi-initiative/] Terms & Conditions Apply.
  • Sub-Sahara University Students Sustainable Packaging Accelerators [SUSSPAC] https://inaps.net/susspac/
  • Young Drivers in Supply Chain Transformation Agenda in ECWA [YDSCT]
4. Youth Direct Program - 1st Hand Opportunity for early enrollment for Attachment & internship Positions across the Country – in line with newly established National Industrial Training Authority [NITA] Schemes on Industrial Attachment in collaborations with other industrial training authorities across East, Central & West Africa for 2022 and beyond. 5. Opportunity for 1st hand voicing of your opinion as far as sustainability of your institution of learning is concerned – in your capacity as a student. 6. Opportunity to attend a fully sponsored FBGA 2022 post-mortem Student Seminar meet up for opportunity to engage in Conference Resolutions against Work-plan. [Terms & Conditions Apply]. 7. Opportunity to participate in a student mobility exchange programme within East, Central & West Africa [Terms & Conditions Apply]. 8. Opportunity to attend quarterly organized Career Physical Preparedness and Mental Fitness Bootcamps held on quarterly basis each year across the East, Central & West Africa. 9.Opportunity for your Learning, Recreation, & Building of your Business Ideas with diverse guests & delegates at FBGA 2022 Conference. 10. Last and not least stand a chance to become part of the Regional Conference Organizers for the 2nd FBGA 2023 Conference taking place in Accra – Ghana on June 26-30 2023.
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USAWIs undergo a comprehensive 2-week orientation training as the 1st step to being a successful USAWI. This is followed by a 5-day exposure to an INAP’s Animal Welfare Partner Organization for deeper integration into the initiative. The USAWI then undertakes a 5-day practical engagement within the environs of his or her institution of learning before engaging his or her university peers and faculty staff. By the time the USAWI graduate transitions into the Animal Welfare policy influencing platform, a series of other two (2) important steps are conducted on him or her.

At the end of a USAWI cohort’s campaign period, a comprehensive evaluation matrix based on specific achievable indicators against the initial (bench-marking report) is administered to the USAWI. Content is collated and combined into reports that INAPS shares with partners to help in:

  1. Refining further animal welfare matters within the designated region.
  2.  Help to inform relevant research on animal welfare within the said region.

All collated reports are disseminated during the graduation day of USAWI seniors to USAWI fellows now operating within the policy influencing platforms with INAPS and partners per country of reach.

INAPS has comprehensively designed a comprehensive guide manual on “How to Establish and Implement a successful USAWI Initiative’ that is tailor-made to suit each region on each of the 5-Step USAWI Initiative Process to enable each USAWI to achieve his or her goal by the end of a designated campaign period.

The USAWIs after completing their campaign period successfully join a USAWI Alumni [USAWI-A]. The USAWI Fellow alumni are further capacitated to join Animal Welfare Policy influencing platforms. On this platform, the USAWI Alumnus now work closely with Animal Welfare experts and Policy Experts affiliated with INAPS to make key contributions toward the ultimate goal of USAWI-Africa which is for Universities in Africa and their Environs declared as a “Cruelty-Free Zones”

USAWI-Africa is unique in that:

  1. Is entirely driven by university students across East, Central & West Africa in solidarity to create awareness and sensitize their peers on the need to embrace Animal Welfare as a Way of Life both in and out of school.

2. Students within the initiative are from a diverse of course programs within different universities across their regions and are not necessarily undertaking or undertook degree programs related to animal welfare.  

3. It advocates for the institutionalization of Animal Welfare within Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa regardless of the designated university status (public & private), and/or programs-on-course.

4. Students employ synergy merge from academia, civil society, and industry to lobby for and advocate for Happy Health Animals within their designated universities; towards the journey of working in collaboration with tripartite academia-industry-civil society collaborators in the world ‘dream’ of approving a resolution towards the world dream of declaring a 1000 sq/km around universities & TVETs in Africa as “Cruelty-Free Zone”.

 

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