What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? To be a global citizen means to see yourself in the perspective of the bigger global family and to thus be well informed and prepared of matters relating to that bigger picture. Global citizens are creative, innovative, and proactive people due to their exposure on global perspectives and are also tolerant people who embrace the concept of diversity. Global citizens play active roles in their communities, and this is because they understand they are responsible of their community, which forms part of the globe.
In regards to the SDGs, which one do you feel impacts you the most and/or which one are you most passionate about? I am most passionate about SDG Goal 4 – Quality Education. Under this goal, the UN and world leaders seek to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. “Potential” is one thing that inspires me a lot. Potential of young people, startups and projects, etc. And it takes education, and quality education for that matter, to help one unleash potentials.
How did you get involved with your organisation- in your case, how did it begin? I had a strong desire to create change! I wanted to contribute to the shaping of the better Africa we dream of. One dawn in December 2013, I had the aha moment of a “billion” Africans coming together to pick a problem each in Africa to turn into a project. This yields at least a “billion” solutions and opportunities. It sounded inspiring! And exciting! Thus, we created the 1Billion Africa movement and platform.
What makes you passionate about what you do within your organisation? The breath-taking stories on the ground, and our “breadcrumb” successes or WINS on the journey. Wherever we have failed, we have also called that a WIN, because we picked a lesson up. There is indeed a great potential to create more impact with more support and collaborations from other organisations.
How do you see MTW and 1BA collaborating? We have lots in the past! By identifying common grounds and creating more/new innovative projects. As well by finding strategic roles within our existing projects for the other party to come on board.
An interview with Agormor Richard Delali Del (RD) with Emmanuel Woma (EW)
1. EW – Can you please tell me about your organization and how you got involved with your organization? • RD – The name of the organization is called Alliance For SDGs Network and what we do is to connect our African communities which surround us. In particular, the four Francophone countries around Ghana; Abidjan, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo. Alliance For SDGs Network is a global collective of young people who want to peruse and champion the SDGs so that at the end of the day we can meet the agenda 2030 and also to develop our nation as well. I got involved in this organization because I happen to work with World Merit (an organization that begun in UK) and Joshua, our leader saw the potential in me because we both worked together. So as far as the world is concerned and that’s why we got ourselves into this organization.
2. EW – In regards to the SDGs, which one are you passionate about ? • RD – I am passionate about many SDGs but specifically I have enthusiasm for Goal 17 which is Partnership for the Goals. We have realized that we need to partner with other people and also as young people we need to come out as a global citizen so that we can partner together, seek for advice or council and information to put together in one basket and to protect the African continent and also be able to solve problems in the African countries.
3. EW- What does it mean to be a global citizen? • RD- Global citizen as itself as a whole is creating awareness, understanding the wider world and also trying to cooperate with the institutions that are governed. As far as global citizenshop is concerned I just want to encourage the youth to just get collaborating so that we go wider and understand what the world is all about
4. EW – How do you see Move the World and your organization collaborating. • RD – I have understood or I have seen that Move The World is also one of the organization that is trying to take on the world and I believe we can join forces together. Trust me when we come to the issue of SDGs , Alliance For SDGs Network has the people who have traveled outside the country and inside the country, so we have plenty of experience that if we team up with MTW we can make sure we empower the young generation and to project the image of Africa and the world as well.
1 What does it mean to be a Global Citizen?: It’s heavily built on the concept of awareness. The understanding of what goes on beyond your community and what happens in other jurisdictions and how that informs the way you behave in your local environment. All these come into play and all these is based on educatio, having the heart and caring about the environment and things beyond oneself.
2 In regards to the SDGs, which one do you feel impacts you the most / OR which one are you most passionate about?: Goal 4; Quality Education. In my opinion, all the other goals can be achieved when one is well educated.
3 How did you get involved with your organization?: GIZ is the name of the company and it’s the initials for the German name of the company. It is a German development cooperation which have a lot of ongoing projects worldwide, funded by the German government and Ghana happens to be one of the big beneficiaries and there are about 80 ongoing projects here in Ghana. one can get into the organisation as a worker via a long process of application. I was lucky to be offered a position in the organisation to manage an entrepreneurship programme within the organisation and that’s how I got to be working with them now.
4 What makes you passionate about what you do within your organization?: I believe in quality education and entrepreneurship. There has a long of history where people come to Africa and give supporting hands but what they miss is teaching people how to provide for themselves and that’s what I’m really into, helping people to find their potentials and becoming independent.
5 How do you see MTW and your organization collaborating?: Our organisation is a big umbrella with so many different parts and we are more into economic development; skills development and entrepreneurship so I don’t clearly see a connection because MTW is more into youth empowerment which we lack so i think our company should take a look on that side and maybe step down a letting to that aspect. But there are many opportunities for us partnering in terms of projects which will involve funding “for example the mountain hike” we did some time ago. I can create more connection when it comes that aspect of getting my people on board with activities of that kind but there are other many windows where we can have a strong collaboration so we need to keep doing more of open communication to see what can be done together!
Have a read of Hawa’s conversation with Nuhu on his thoughts on the SDG’s and Global Citizenship
My Name is Nuhu Hakeem, I am the communications and research director of Mother of all Nations Foundation.
1. What does it Mean to be a Global Citizen?
A Global Citizen is a member of an international community of change agents who strive to make the world a better place by helping to fix the challenges the world is facing.
2. In regards to the SDGs, which one do you feel impacts you the most / OR which one are you most passionate about?
The SDG that I am most passionate about is the SDG4 which seeks to ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. As a volunteer facilitator, I have played a significant role in achieving this goal through various Literacy Project for young learners especially now that schools are indefinitely closed/suspended.
3. How did you get involved with your organization?
Through a video l watched on YouTube which was about a particular project, READCAMP, an off campus Literacy program for kids in undeserved communities which seeks to help improve their reading and writing skills. From there I decided to contact the organisation because their objectives is in consonance with mine.
4. What makes you passionate about what you do within your organization?
Seeing our beneficiaries, especially young learners become a better version of themselves makes me Happy and passionate about rendering my selfless service.
5. How do you see MTW and your organization collaborating?
MTW and MOANF can collaborate and form a synergy because both organisation seeks to address the problems in the society around us. My organisation focuses on helping to achieve SDG 1, 2,3, 4, 5, 8 and 10. So I believe we can come together to develop strategies that are geared towards achieving the UN’s SDGs.
This is a foundation which is set to tackle juvenile crime and violence in Ghana. Its main objective is to prevent Juvenile delinquency and thereby coming up with interventions that will correct and nurture them into becoming a ha person tomorrow.
Mr. Chaucer believes that a global citizen will usually work with others and make sure that the world is a fair and better place for us all to live in. among all the SDGs, he believes that eradication of poverty is paramount since it cuts across all sectors. Once poverty issues are solved, crime, hunger and other vices will reduce drastically.
Mr. Chaucer started JRF as an academic programme in 2013 when he was working on a project that took him to a place in Accra where the juvenile offenders are kept. he built a very cordial relationship with them through arts (drama, dance, music etc.) and also used it as a means of correcting them. This started JRF.
Mr. Chaucer want to see every young man grow up to be a good role model especially those young ones kept in the correctional facilities. His passion is to see that juvenile crime is dead and its facilities closed in Ghana.
He therefore extends his hands to MTW for a possible collaboration since each organization has similar interest in building the capacity of children to be a much better global citizen. He believes that together we can move the world to a better destination.
I work with the youth a lot in my day to day activities. I do a lot of business consulting for them in the area of business registration, the requirements and the processes involved. I also aid them in writing their business plans and proposals. Within a month I am able to consult for 6 young people on the average. Those I speak to informally on a friendly basis are enormous. Youth entrepreneurship has taken a different path in Ghana after the Corona Lockdown. Most young ones has risen to the fact that they need to build something that will last. Most of these young ones are sitting on ground breaking business ideas that need some little guidance and mentoring to make it a reality. Some of these ideas are capable of solve our alarming unemployment challenges should it be materialized.
My expertise as a business set up consultant has opened my eyes and made me realised that goal number 8 of the Sustainable Development Goals is attainable should we take a critical look at youth entrepreneurship. Goal number 8 talks about Decent Work and Economic Growth. For the economy to grow it needs a strong private sector presence that will supplement the government by creating jobs, increasing the employment rate thereby leading to national development. It has been said that it’s better to teach someone how to fish than to always fish for them. Move the World, a non for profit making organisation has join in this campaign through their GetGlobal program where they introduced their students to the Beads Making Activity. This activity was meant to instil in the kids the ability to create business from what they have, develop entrepreneurship skill by learning a skill for themselves.
It gives me great joy to give business support to up and coming entrepreneurs. My team is made up professionals such as lawyers, tax experts and business development experts who are ready to help build small business into magnificent ones. Together let’s create jobs instead of looking for jobs.
Education is said to be the bedrock of every nation. Every nation that fails to invest in education is bound to fail.
Educating the younger generation is very crucial in this regard hence my interest and love for child education. Children are the future of the world and therefore must be prioritised in terms of education. I came to realise my unflinching support and love for children’s education when I was doing my national service in the Ahafo region. I worked with the National Health Insurance office as a Management Information Systems (MIS) officer.
During my stay at the region, I visited several communities where I realised that most of the kids had lost interest in schooling because they was no motivation for them to go to school or to learn. It was an eye opening and also a very sad experience for me. One could clearly see the wide gap and the disparities when we talk about rural and urban education. Most of the kids were bare footed with tattered school uniforms with no exercise books to write in. It dawned on me to do something for these young ones. The name of the school was called ‘Subriso District Assembly School.’ At that time, 2014, the school population was roughly 40 students with only one teacher who also functioned as the headmaster. I took it as a personal responsibility and a challenge to to supply them with basic school materials such as books, textbooks, pens and pencils, shoes and clothings after my national service. I remember donating my first month salary towards this worthy course. I also called some friends and raised some funds to buy teaching and learning materials to support these talented and brilliant young ones but less privileged and somehow neglected in our rural communities. The joy on their faces both children and parents when they saw me back was unprecedented and very touching.
Move The World is doing a great job in bridging this wide gap through their GetGlobal program. I would be super happy if they extend their support to such rural communities. I call upon civil societies and non governmental organisations and the government to take a critical look at rural education. They are also part of us and need to be treated fairly.
*Move the World’s long term goal is to expand into the rural communities as Ben has mentioned here – it is important for us to make connections with schools and communities before offering the programme; but always looking forwards to more opportunities to reach every child in Ghana.
Way back in Junior high school, I was a timid and shy boy who only gave his time to Academics and nothing else. One day, our school was to take part in a district culture dance competition festival so the assistant head teacher back then came to my class to ask for volunteers who will be taught some dances to go and compete for our school.
None of us stood up since we were all shy. He started pointing out people himself and I got the pointing hand! We were brought to the Dagara Music Centre to be trained and it was fun learning something new.
We had the first competition right in my school and we were selected for the second level; went for the second level after some few weeks in a different school and we were selected again to join some schools on a mass production to rep our district for district level. It was a joyful moment but we had very few days for the big day so much resources wasn’t invested into us and we got the 4th position at the district level. And that was when I realized my hidden talent. The Boss of DMC, late Bernard Woma saw a rising start in me and asked me to join his culture troupe after JHS completion and I did. My dancing life became serious. I supported my high school also with series of cultural dance programmes and it was fun and after completing high school, I became a full time stuff at the DMC building up my dance life. Through this I meet MTW which was then ATD.
Meeting and working with MTW have been a tremendous positive journey in all walks of life where I’ve become a good facilitator and a global citizen. I have met people from different walks of life and by so doing, I’ve become a master of cultural diversity. I have developed the passion of playing and working with people around me especially kids in helping them to become good global citizens.
Working with MTW is having a great impact on my life where I’ve become a humbly bold and courageous man who will always want to see the world put on a smiling face. Together we can make the world smile!