African Delegates: Health and HIV/Aids Grassroots Initiatives Symposium

October 24, 2006

7:00 p.m. | Neville Scarfe Building, Room 310

Organized by the African students in the Faculty of Education and co-sponsored by EPLT, GSSB, GO Global, YLead, The David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education and the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE).

This symposium brought together African delegates working on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  The purpose of the symposium was to enable delegates to connect with UBC students and faculty around specific projects and initiatives.  The symposium also provided an opportunity for participants to discuss potential partnerships and future funding initiatives, as well as explore how models for social change in their own communities could be applied elsewhere.  The symposium included four panelists, as well as remarks by Her Excellency Ms. Motseoa Senyane, the High Commissioner of Lesotho to Canada.  The four panelists were: Meisie Maaroganye (Community Leader, Evaton West Community Development Forum in South Africa), Lerato Legoabe (Project Coordinator, Girls’ Net), Agnes Pareyio (UN Person of the Year in Kenya, 2005), and Sipho Mamba (formerly from Swaziland’s diplomatic services, AIDS orphans care). The symposium also featured remarks by the Lesotho High Commissioner to Canada, Ms. Motseoa Senyane, who spoke of the pressing need for a clearer and much more unbiased image of Africa.


A video-stream of High Commissioner Senyane’s comments can be found at the following YouTube feed: Clear words from a Lion