What are your region’s broad goals for the upcoming school year?
Our major focus in ASFL is to improve the quality of training programs and the student leaders in Africa. The approach we are adopting is to ensure that the core principles of liberty are understood and implemented. The training programs will be rigorous and participants will be taken through a wide variety of materials and additional trainings through the year. We are expanding to more countries, and hope to train leaders who will help us in promoting the ideas of liberty. We are looking into reaching out to students in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, to Eritrean students and South Sudan. We also intend to strengthen and improve the quality of students groups we have currently, including the kind of events to be hosted by our leaders on their respective campuses. We shall achieve this by ensuring our student leaders are properly resourced with materials and mentally with knowledge.
How many Local Coordinators have you accepted this year? And how many conferences are you planning?
We have just launched the Local Coordinators program and we are currently accepting applications. Only strong applicants shall be accepted to join the program. Our focus is on improving the quality of our leaders. We shall have two major conferences, the Eastern African Conference and the Southern African Conference.
What, in your opinion, is the greatest opportunity for social change in your region?
Our greatest opportunity for social change geared towards liberty, is the development of stable and active civil society entities dedicated to freedom. Currently we have free market institutes in Zimbabwe and South Africa. This is great, but there is room for more institutes to cater for the needs of the continent. There is little to no coordination between the various libertarian and quasi-libertarian entities in furthering the ideas of freedom. We would like for our student leaders to take their passion for liberty wherever they will go after graduating as they pursue their professions. We hope that the there will be partnerships between the think tanks gradually increasing, the free market institutes and SFL in hosting projects geared towards promoting the ideas of liberty. This will help develop a new libertarian narrative in the region.
If there’s one thing you could tell the world about SFL, what would it be?
SFL is changing the lives of young people, not just in USA, but in the whole world, with the message of peace, love and liberty. I speak as a beneficiary of this organization, that encourages young people to believe in themselves, to follow their dreams, and that their dreams are valid. SFL is certainly one of the few truly international champions of liberty.