The Alliance for Environmental Intervention, a youth focused environmental organisation in Ghana in collaboration with the VSO-ICS alumni Ghana have launched a campaign dubbed...
The Alliance for Environmental Intervention, a youth focused environmental organisation in Ghana in collaboration with the VSO-ICS alumni Ghana have launched a campaign dubbed ‘’THE SDG DRIVE’’ with the core objective of creating awareness on the sustainable development goals, their relevance to global development and to bring to light what the youth could do to make the attainment of the goals a success.
This project according to the organisers will is a year long program which will be run nationwide .
The maiden event and launch was held at the Abavana Junior high school in Kotobabi, a suburb of Accra on the 7th of July, 2017.
The students were introduced to the genesis of the SDG’s by Opare Emmanuel, an alumni of VSO-ICS who stated that ‘’the sustainable development goals have been instituted by the United Nations to be a continuation of the millennium development goals, to ensure that there is some level of commitment from every nation towards a common global development’’ to add to this he mentioned all the 17 global goals and admonished the students to be ambassadors of the goals.
After the introduction, the focus was diverted towards SDG 6, which happens to be the goal to ensure clean water and sanitation. The students were sensitized on sustainable development goal 6; clean water and sanitation, why it was formulated, the targets and their relevance to the planet.
They were then put into groups of 4, with each group being tasked to identify water and sanitation issues in their respective communities and suggest ways that such issues could be addressed as individuals and cooperate organisations.
Volunteers from both organisations facilitated the group discussions, guiding the students to have a very interactive session. This was followed by a presentation by the students from what had been discussed, the clarity of their presentations gave a very clear indication of how much they had gotten to understand the sdg 6, coupled with a proposition from one group to come up with an action plan to address water and sanitation challenges faced by the school and the community at large.
The SDG drive continued the following week on the 14th of July, 2017 at the Redeemer Academy at Weija. Here, after the students were introduced to the SDG’s by Bornaventure Kwame Takpah of the Alliance for Environmental Intervention, they went ahead to discuss clean water and sanitation (sdg 6) and Life on land (sdg 15).
They were also made to make presentations on their findings and to make propositions on how they could address the issues they came up with. Speaking to a few students after the campaign, they said they felt closely related with the sdg’s, especially those discussed, according to them water and sanitation poses a major challenge in their homes and schools and also has a direct impact on their health and education.
Students of both schools pledged their support to the sdg’s and accepted to be ambassadors in their respective communities to ensure a lot more people are made aware of the consequences of their actions and inactions. Some students of the Abavana junior high school asked for support with dustbins which will help them to dispose off waste appropriately. All students in both schools were presented with stationery items including eco-friendly pens.
Volunteers from both organisations expressed their delight at the turnout of the two campaigns and are highly expectant of even better engagements in the future.
Green is indeed cool!
Article by : Bornaventure Kwame Takpah ,President – Alliance for Environmental Intervention( AfEI) .