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Winning Gold At The Skills Olympics

In a world where youth unemployment continues to rise it has never been more important to help people get technical and vocational training. And that’s where the impressive Worldskills organisation comes in. I was delighted to be invited by Worldskills to take part in their Skills Olympics competition in Abu Dhabi where I saw more…

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The Future of Africa is in Good Hands

The fall of Robert Mugabe has put African leadership in the spotlight. Questions have been asked again about why this old generation of Leaders like Mugabe have failed their people repeatedly. One person trying to change that is Fred Swaniker, the Ghanaian entrepreneur, who’s created the African Leadership Network which aims to develop three million…

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Zareen Enters The Ivory Towers Of Cambridge

Last year I attended a mentoring evening at an inner city London academy school at Elephant and Castle where I was introduced to a talented young woman who was a slam poet. Her name is Zareen Roy-Macauley and I was so impressed with her that I offered her an internship at my company – Peter…

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Zimbabwe’s Got Talent

In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s fall from power in Zimbabwe it’s only right to end this Newsletter with some encouraging news of some of the millions of Zimbabweans living in exile around the world. Isabel Dilwayo works with the African Diaspora Hope organisation in Johannesburg -ADHOPE for short- which provides support and opportunities for…

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We’ve signed Neymar!!!!

My charity Handicap International has signed up Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer to be its new global Ambassador.   As Chair of Trustees of Handicap International UK I’m delighted that Neymar has agreed to work with us on behalf of disabled children around the world. In this age when so many football millionaires are…

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LONDON……NAIROBI……CAPE TOWN

We’re growing all the time.   One of the joys of life as a social entrepreneur is the chances it provides to meet and work with a host of exciting people. I’m so delighted to know and be associated with two young dynamic entrepreneurs like Nwabisa Mayema in South Africa and Frenny Jowi in Kenya.…

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From BBC Intern to Africa’s young Journalist of the Year

Ancillar Mangena is one of the hottest young talents in African journalism. She recently won the Sanlam Excellence in Financial Journalism Best Newcomer Award. It capped a year in which she won the CNN Young African Journalist Award and was a finalist for the Foreign Press Association Award and the Thomson Foundation Awards.   I…

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Honoured To Be At Cambridge Africa Society!

Earlier this summer I was invited to chair a panel at Cambridge University’s Africa Society. The Africa Together conference covered a lot of topics and its at events like these where you’re reminded of the talent and energy of Africa’s young people and the continent’s great potential. I was flattered to receive this beautiful plaque…

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See You At The Pool:

Much of this Newsletter has focused on the many challenges Africa faces in its education sector so it was a joy to discover this facility during my visit to Multimedia University. For all Africa’s perceived shortcomings I doubt there are many campuses in the world that can offer this: Hakuna Matata: Nor many universities either…

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Desperately Seeking Some Good News.

I was amazed at the reaction I received to an article I wrote on my work with young people in South Africa – it was picked up by several South African websites in a country which seems desperate for some good news about itself. My remarks were made following my nomination by the South African…

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