Engagement of Online Community Stewards on the Nigeria Youth Collective Action for Religious Engagement

Young Leaders Network together with her partner, Search for Common Ground has opened call for young people between the age of 18 and 24 years resident in Bauchi, Gombe and Plateau States who are passionate about using their platforms to promote peaceful coexistence and freedom of religion and belief to apply to be engaged as Online Community Stewards in the Nigeria Youth Collective Action for Religious Engagement Project.

“Online Community Stewards” are individuals who are admins or oversee groups and platforms on social media and tasked to review user-generated content to ensure users adhere to rules, regulations, and community standards of the groups they oversee.

The escalating violence between religious groups and communal clashes in Northeast and Middle Belt Nigeria underscores the need for effective online peacebuilding. This project seeks to equip young influencers with the skills to leverage social media for promoting inter-religious tolerance and freedom of religion.

Benefits

  • Young Online Community Stewards are equipped to leverage online spaces to collectively promote inter-religious tolerance and religious freedom within their communities.
  • Online Community Stewards will be trained in social media trend analysis and make deliberate effort in creating messages to promote tolerance against intolerable trends.
  • Online Community Stewards will be equipped to disseminate conflict-sensitive peace messages that promote FoRB and interreligious tolerance in Nigeria, using messaging techniques and content that resonate with their audience to ensure greater uptake.
  • Will learn from others developing creative and conflict-sensitive content that promotes interreligious peace, tolerance, and inclusion, and adopt or expand successful approaches from other contexts.
  • The ability to create conflict sensitive content for their platforms that can lead to substantial shifts in attitudes and behaviors in deeply divided contexts.

Selected Community Stewards will:

  • Participate in training sessions on social media trend analysis and content creation.
  • Develop and disseminate conflict-sensitive peace messages promoting FoRB.
  • Curate at least 3 video and visual content weekly that initiates dialogue within their communities that promote inter-religious tolerance and fosters FoRB. Content will also be shared to them from materials created by the micro-influencers and pre- approved by Search.
  • Document community discussions on FoRB related issues, incidences and challenges faced within the groups monthly.
  • Curate and share findings and experiences in the regular AMA meetings expressing the challenges faced as well as share best practices.

 

Criteria for Selection:

  • Age: 18 to 24 years.
  • Resident in Plateau, Bauchi, or Gombe states.
  • Proficiency in English and local languages.
  • Strong storytelling skills and community relatability.
  • Experience as a Community Stewards with a minimum of 2,000 followers on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
  • Access to the internet, a working email account, and active social media handles.
  • Ability to produce and edit video content tailored for various social media platforms.

Familiarity with the multicultural and traditional sensitivities in the target states.

Application Process:

  • Interested candidates complete and submit the application form
  • Produce a two-minute video introducing themselves and outlining their motivation and suitability for engagement in the program. Post the video on your social media platforms and email link to [email protected]. Tag Search for Common Ground and Young Leaders Network add this tags to your post: #NigYouthCARE.

 

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted by 10th July,2024. Applications will be reviewed in a roll-in basis.

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