Camping in the middle of Nordmarka on Friday the 13th!

Camping in the middle of Nordmarka on Friday the 13th

It’s Friday the 13th, and a group of youth has gathered at a cabin in Nordmarka. Isolated from the world outside, surrounded only by the forest. Some has been part of this before, others did not know what they had gotten them self into.

Everyone in the group had secrets that should be revealed and new nicknames to go by. And the cabin, Tannlegehytta («the dentist cabin») had secrets of its own, several experienced the horror of the basement. Is there a mad dentist on the loose?

One thing is certain; they will never be the same. During the weekend the group will change – they’ll gain new knowledge and power that’ll help them change the world and influence the most powerful people in it.

This could very well be the scenery of a horror movie, luckily it’s not:  It’s the Spire Autumn Seminar!

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This and other exciting questions were raised at our conference on sustainable development in Malawi — jointly hosted by Spire and our partner organization, Network for Youth Development, from June 26-7.

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The conference brought together over 30 participants from national TV reporters to law students, young activists to high school teachers. Both rural and urban Malawians attended as well as two representatives from a partner organization in Zambia…

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…and us! We, Caroline and Elyse, represented Spire.

For the past two months, we have been planning the conference via email with our co-hosts in Network for Youth Development, Pilira and Amakhosi. This week, we finally met in person — a friendly and fun meeting in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa.’

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We quickly found our place in the bright and friendly NfYD offices, finalizing conference preparations while enjoying African music and sharing family photos on Facebook.

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At the conference,we gave presentations about Spire as an organization,  campaign-planning, sustainable development in Norway, and rights for future generations. We also led a very successful theatre workshop where the participants acted out issues of sustainable development that affected their local communities. Through such activities and discussions after the presentations, we were able to spot the unique challenges for Norwegian and Malawian youth in promoting a sustainable future.

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At the good-bye dinner, we shared Chinese noodles and thoughts about the conference. Our NyFD hosts presented us with a traditional chitenje cloth to remember our time in Malawi…and a secret gift we will wait to open at the next KG meeting! Overall, our time in Malawi has helped us build our relationship with NfYD and spread the Spire message of sustainability to a new and wider audience. Zikomo kwambili to all involved for a wonderful conference!

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