PEIF Fund Mentee, Hillary Maduka, has been granted funding by the German Academic Exchange Service to attend the European System of Human Rights Protection Summer Course in Germany. This funding award comes in the wake of a scholarship by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) to attend a world-class professional education program focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuft University, USA.
The European System of Human Rights Protection Course, which is open to students and graduates of law and social sciences, is organized in cooperation with the University of Malta, University of Maribor, University of Sevilla, University of Lund, University of Hull, University of Wales, University of Utrecht, University of Salzburg, University of Barcelona, University of Bochum, ERASMUS University of Rotterdam, and the German Red Cross. The course focuses on European systems for the protection of human rights, examining the roles of the Council of Europe, the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It also examines, where relevant, the role of the United Nations in the protection of human rights.
Both the ICNC and the German awards are part of Hillary's history of impressive professional achievements. A Google Policy Fellowship Finalist, Community Organizer, and Human Rights Activist, Hillary is a three-time recipient of the Dean Honours Roll at the Faculty of Law, University of Jos, Nigeria. He serves as Senior Editor for the Journal of the International Youth Action Against Terrorism and currently heads the Media and Publicity Department of the organization. In this organization, he is working towards putting an end to terrorist activities across the Globe and engaging young people constructively to end the trend towards radicalization. Hillary also offers his time as the African Regional Coordinator for the Global Network of Young Leaders. In Summer 2015, he served as a United Nations Youth Facilitator at the G.Y.C. in Qatar where he worked towards finding lasting solutions to global humanitarian crises.
Currently a final year LL.B. Candidate, Hillary hopes to build a career in Human Rights Activism. For Hillary, the experience in this course has been informative. His PEIF Fund Mentor and PEIF Fund CEO, Professor Iyioha, who expressed delight at his most recent achievement, supports his journey through regular conversations on how he can raise even higher the professional bar he has set for himself. According to Professor Iyioha, "The PEIF Fund is absolutely proud of Hillary's successes at home and abroad," adding that, "We are not surprised. His dedication to his work and willingness to give back to his community through his participation in our 'Teach A Child' initiative was a clear indication of the strength of his character. We've had very inspiring candidates in our inaugural year and look forward to what promises to be another successful application season."
Applications for the 2017 PEIF Fund R.E.A.D.Y Global Initiative Mentorship Program begins on August 1, 2016. Details are available here.