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Apply: Facebook begins community accelerator initiative in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya

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Facebook has announced the launch of its Community Accelerator programme to be made available in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

The programme will last for a period of six months and aims to provide mentorship, training and funding to help community leaders grow their communities.

The Selected leaders will spend up to three months learning from experts, coaches and working within a modified course to grow their communities.

After that, another 3 months will be spent iterating and executing their plans. With the program, Facebook will gift $3 million to 80 participants worldwide.

Seen as a development of the Facebook Community Leadership Programme, the initiative selected from a pool of 6000 applicants where 115 people were chosen.

Dream Factory Foundation, Lusanda Magwape who is also a leader from South Africa who took part of the initiative said their vision is to equip young people with skills, connect them to caring mentors and help them build networks globally.

Magwape said taking part in the Facebook Community Leadership programme helped them to raise how they use digital platforms to improve their impact.

Facebook which is aiming  at investing into the community leaders who have huge groups on the network has been focusing on groups which attract people of related interests who will connect in meaningful discussion on the platform.

Facebook’s Strategic Partner Manager for Sub Saharan Africa, Kiran Yoliswa said they are investing in leaders because they believe and know that they will make important donations to today’s social challenges by sharing knowledge, information and helping people unite with others that share interests or passions for a good cause.

If you’re an interested leader and are 18 years or older and from Kenya, South Africa or Nigeria, you can apply to be part of the accelerator before 10 April 2020.

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The programme will begin in June 2020.

Other Initiatives from Facebook:

Beside the Community Accelerator programme, Facebook has a couple of other investments in creating community leaders.

The Facebook Community Learning Labs brings group admins with comparable goals together in a joint digital classroom to allow ordered learning with a devoted and skilled Facebook who will work together towards achieving the goals of the group admins.

Meanwhile, the Facebook Community Hub is a place where anyone can gain access to product education and learn more about Facebook’s programmes including tips and tools for opening and running a growing community.

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