Mindfulness: 7 Incredible Lessons Grasped! – Habiba Abdallah

“How could you have predicted that you would be profoundly affected by this pandemic? Remember life journeys birth lessons.”

You may be unaware of some events but they still have great sway over you, transitioning you from one trail to the other. You are differently introduced to every episode, from no to low impacts that just keep you going; those that become part of you, increase your passion, motivation, energy- which makes you feel obstacles no longer matter; to other occurrences that change your direction.

In understanding these episodes, you’ll agree with me that we tend to overlook the ones with no impacts on directions we take and rather focus on others that boost and gear our directions.

Predicting and envisioning events boost our intellectual, emotional and social skills, whereas unpredictable events affect our personal development by placing strenuous pressure on finances and relationship with work colleagues as well as loss of identity and self confidence.

However, sometimes unhappy events such as #Covid19 unveils inner personalities, introduce us to loved ones and propels us to move forward faster and do bolder things.

In juxtaposing both predictable and unpredictable events in my life, permit me to walk you through 7 incredible lessons I have learnt during this pandemic;

  1. Now more than ever I love staying at home with my mum and spend more time together.
    I was always moving from volunteering works to school paying little attention to my family. My mum’s ailment during this pandemic, studying from home and schools’ closure influenced me to spend more time with family.
    This decision but to make things more positive has taught me I have to find alternatives to make this a reality.
  2. Bravery: when life demands more than you are used to or can handle, Persevere!
    If the other part of you feels like giving up, Persevere! And you feel a task is difficult, Persevere!!!
  3. Online studies took over in Ghana with such a shaky system leaving students on their own fate. From losing a test, catching up on online lectures to writing tests and exams online. Such a crazy moment enhanced my ability to embrace change and to stay updated.
  4. Blaming the world for this pandemic will not push burdens off my shoulders, it rather disempowers me. I would rather take charge and help make myself and others happy in the best way. This will help overcome setbacks and disappointments. #Happiness is a choice
  5. As schools are closed and economic activities take a halt from the pandemic causing untold human suffering, I realised how working/volunteering whiles studying from home is challenging. Setting priorities can be difficult during these times when you have family, work, education merged into one.
  6. I must confess that I didn’t enjoy farming when my once dad took us to his farm, but I have cultivated a habit of practicing Get Global Project Grow a Bean on SDGs #2 which has made me appreciate small things and I’m enjoying farming with my dad now.
  7. Unlearning lessons that do not serve me can help change my life.

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity” ~Albert Einstein

The Challenge is on all of us!!

Choices – Patricia Acquah

In a country where tradition, culture and religion has a major influence on almost everything, a new dawn has come where people have to sacrifice all these for a basic need, LIFE!

On 15 March, at 10 pm, President Nana Akufo-Addo banned all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Basic schools, senior high schools and universities, both public and private, have also been closed. In addition to these directives, citizens were advised to observe social distancing, avoid hug and handshakes. At this point, people have to weigh their choices. We are stuck between choosing our needs over our wants or vice versa.

Need, a necessity whereas want a desire.
Needs point out something you must have for survival. On the other hand, want is something you wish to have. The necessity which is life and the desire to live a normal life.

Handshakes and hugs have been an integral part of the Ghanaian setting. To show solidarity at funerals, to show appreciation and to say congratulations.
Are we ever going to go back to before?
Will our event centres, church auditoriums among others ever be opened for patrons?
All these and more are things we yearn and desire to go back to. They are best described as our wants.

There is one factor that overrides all of our wants and that is life. The need to stay alive. This need has made everyone to sacrifice an aspect of their life’s for the fight against the pandemic.

Everyone has compromised something, be it education, church, fun, leisure, work, etc
At this point, even if you have your life back, know it is at the expense of someone else.

Choose Wisely! Stay At Home!! Stay Safe!!!


A Get Global session is usually filled with games and activities with students either put into two-member teams or more, depending on the size of the class or type of activity being carried out. This kind of learning is often referred to as Game-Based learning and can be done virtually or physically- as is done with our Get Global Programme.

Game-Based learning (GBL) is defined as “a practice that relates to the use of games to enhance the learning experience” (acer for education, 2017). GBL uses exercises that serve as competition for students, either pitting them against each other or getting them to challenge themselves in order to motivate them to learn better.

Unlike in gamification, where a gaming element is used to further understanding of a non-game situation, game-based learning involves the game being the learning process, with the aim of teaching a discrete skill or specific learning outcome while giving learners an engaging experience. Gamification can be seen in the context of using a game as a reward for participation in a learning activity while, GBL is the learning activity itself.

Games as Diane Ackeman puts it “is our brain’s favourite way of learning”, as such it plays a vital role in getting knowledge across to a group of people, especially kids.  The benefits of GBL stretches across a wide range. GBL tends to provide healthy competition which motivates students to channel their logic and thinking abilities while maintaining room to make mistakes without being punished for these mistakes. In addition, GBL tends to get students to be immersed in whatever they are learning and hence helps in achieving the goal of consolidating new knowledge (Teed, 2019).

“There is no reason that a generation that can memorize over 100 Pokemon characters with all their characteristics, history and evolution can’t learn the names, populations, capitals and relationships of all the 101 nations in the world.” – (Prensky, 2001. pg. 5)

Get Global Uses Game-Based Learning as a facilitation tool in training students on the Sustainable Development Goals with every session having at least two games. Over the next few weeks we will be reviewing different interesting games that are used during Get Global sessions. These games range from Minefield, SDG Memory game, Lines of communication, just to mention a few.

Brace yourself over the next few weeks as we have fun together.


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Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5). https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444818783102

Teed, R. (2019). Game-Based Learning. Retrieved from SERC Pedagogic Service website: https://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/games/index.html

Our Get Global Passport; Journeying The World – Israel Fugah

The Get Global Programme Passport is a highly visual-friendly booklet used by facilitators to enhance the understanding of the SDGs as students are taken on a creative educative journey around the globe. It’s a perfect product representing the combined powers of education and entertainment!

With two facilitators(Lead and Support) tasked with the objective of empowering a class full of exuberant youth, you sure must have something up your sleeves to keep the class busy and engaged. That’s where the Passport comes in handy!

Each student is given a passport and throughout the six – goals structured programme, taken within a 7-month period, they will be required to fill, draw, act out and discuss questions and activities captured in the book.

The passport is divided into 6 sections with each part containing questions about a specific SDG. At the end of each section, students get to answer varying questions about the subject matter. All answered sections are given a seal of approval using the customized MTW stamp which most if not all kids always look forward to with such great excitement!

The passport continues to inspire creative open discussions, increases the involvement of all parties, creates a high sense of observation and inclusivity in class. At MTW, we believe introducing more visual friendly resources at homes and schools could be a game-changer in developing the next set of global leaders and citizens!

My New Found Family – Celestine Chime

Prior to the lockdown of the capital due to the invasion of the COVID-19 virus, my life had been programmed to look forward to Friday of every fortnight with excitement and responsibility.

The class 6 pupils of the Lord Krishna Academy has become an integral part of my life, one I could not miss for anything in the world.

Every new session felt like a team meeting with fifteen team members working together to achieve the same goal – leaving no one behind.

To me, the pupils at Lord Krishna’s Academy are like family, whose welfare supersede a facilitator-pupil relationship and feels more like a sibling relationship.

With every weekly extension of the lockdown, I miss them the more and all I can think about is if they are being the change they promised to be in our last session when we worked on achieving Zero Hunger.

I believe this is going to be over soon and we will be together again.

Collective Action Works – By Israel Fugah

Over the past few days even as confirmed cases of the corona virus continue to grow, we are beginning to receive some good news of affected individuals recovering fully from the virus. Amazing, right?!! With Ghana and Nigeria reporting over 80 and 150 recovered cases respectively as at April – 17 – 2020, glimmers of hope of fighting off this invisible enemy continue to rise higher.

With governments and health institutions advocating massively for social distancing and personal hygiene, many are beginning to understand the severity of the potential growth of the pandemic.

With health workers risking their lives on the frontlines, businesses taking their activities online, parents doing their best to home-school and home-care their wards at the same time, food sellers and delivery companies working around the clock to ensure food and water is always available for the masses, non-profits sharing relief items to the vulnerable, individuals helping in the spread of reliable information from relevant sources using internet and doing their best to stay at home, the world is beginning to appreciate better how much we need each other to survive and grow!

As the world counts on health professionals, grocery workers, researchers, emergency personnel, farmers and sanitation workers in launching a forward attack on the virus, it will be our duty as global citizens to continue to observe safety rules and regulations necessary to flattening the curve! Do your part by staying at home and leverage on technology, which has brought this age closer to itself than any other age to inspire and sensitize the many across the globe!

I’m convinced that collective action would not only be that invincible force that would break off this pandemic but will be that major key needed to restore many economies of the world.

May the picture of these 2 kids looking on to one of our sessions inspire you to be optimistic during these times.

Response to the 4th goal of the SDGs [Quality Education] – By Michael Woma


I had always thought that secrets were the most dangerous thing that could spread. Until I heard the name “CORONA VIRUS”                                               

As of March 2020, Ghana has recorded 9 cases of the coronavirus. The President addressed the nation on March 15 and instructed the closure of all schools until further notice. This has been followed by mixed reactions from various stakeholders. The shutdown of the education system is worrying for all children. But for MTW, there is always a loophole to make sure kids can still have their Quality  Education even at home during the shutdown.

Since knowledge is ‘power’ a COVID19 WORKBOOK was created for kids in Medie which is going to provide them with the information they will need to understand this virus, how to be safe from it and to keep them active. The focus is to ensure that these students receive the greatest benefit, while keeping an eye on every child to also benefit from our way of providing quality education in our community. 

We have to keep in mind that as global citizens, this earth is not ours, it is a treasure we hold in trust for the future generations and in other to pass on this treasure it is our responsibility to make sure they understand how the world works. That is why Move The World is making sure every child becomes a Global Citizen through our Get Global Programmes. 

My name is Michael Woma and a proud Global Citizen!

Every single one of us counts – By Celestine Chime

The world is at a standstill and all that echoes in my ears are the words written in the famous diary of Anne Frank- the Jewish teenager who went into hiding during the holocaust. She wrote the quote “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

The current pandemic which has halted the activities of humans- both economic and social, echoes an important message. The message is that as people, we are often caught up in the rat race of life and tend to forget one of the most important parts of our existence on earth, which is caring for one another and the earth at large.

The pandemic has made us realize that every single one of us, irrespective of our position and our location is needed. All we have in this life is one another and we need to “make the world a better place” as Michael Jackson sang in his song “Heal the world” released in 1991.

When this pandemic is over let’s not hesitate in helping each other in whichever way we can and with whatever resources we can harness. Let us “make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race”.

Israel’s thoughts on the Get Global Programme


  • Nelson Mandela

The ability of a kid to walk right is when he or she is rightly taught how to walk. Your ability to drive well and responsibly, most at times, hinges on the fact that your instructors taught you well. Your ability to solve complex problems could be based on the fact that you were taught how to solve the smaller problems rightly.

This means Educating (rightly) is a key concept that needs to be prioritized highly in our schools, homes and countries. The ability of a nation to groom its younger generation into reliable leaders is mainly based on the content, methods and modes through which the young ones are trained.

And that’s why at Move The World, we don’t just teach but we facilitate. Through effective facilitation skills, most students in Medie are not only getting to understand the first 6 SDGs and their impact on the world but also they are becoming more aware of what it means for each one of them to be a Global Citizen through our flagship initiative, Get Global Programme!

During one of my support facilitation roles on SDG 1 (No Poverty) at United Christian Academy. We provided students with a beading kit (beads, strings, lockets) and asked each kid to get their creative caps on to design a bracelet. These pictures are just a few of the results from our creative geniuses. Now, should you have asked them to do this a week before the session, it would have been close to impossible; though each kid had seeds of creativity embedded in them!

Lawrencia’s UK Trip

On the 7th of February, 2020 after a Get Global session I embarked on a 17days MTW trip to the UK.

Prior to the trip, our team of facilitators and I discussed how things will look like during my absence and provisions were made for supplies needed for subsequent sessions. Habiba and Michael who are lead facilitators were the point of call for facilitators who needed immediate assistance during this period.   

My time in the UK was marked with warm experiences of connecting with the UK team in person without a screen or zoom video calls and bad network connectivity. I appreciate getting accustomed to the MTW ‘work culture’ on the UK side, engaging in the strategic planning of the Get Global Programme, and spending memorable time with Claire, Megan and Caroline especially on our escape room team building experience.

Lovers and Bluffers, a remarkably well organised one in a billion charity ball (no exaggeration here) turned out a great success and exceeded my expectations. It was absolutely inspiring, in the midst of the buzz and rave to articulate the astounding impacts that MTW have on our beneficiaries through the Get Global Programme and for all present to experience how their support is beneficial in the scaling up of the Get Global Programme in Ghana.

A day to my departure from the UK, Megan, Claire, Caroline and I facilitated a Get Global workshop for Staines District Girlguiding – World Thinking Day. From interacting with the girl guides, I gained deeper cross-cultural understandings around the first 6 SDGs and how these understandings influence specific cultural-oriented approaches in achieving the targets of the SDGs.

This trip gave me the opportunity for many ‘first time’ experiences; I visited Wales – Cardiff and totally felt disoriented once I got off the coach as I was reading road signs in Welsh, made me feel like I was in a different country for a minute (I guess I was)! I tried indoor bouldering which I realised I am a natural. Saw a circus, enjoyed an escape room experience, tasted my first mint sauce and most importantly tried Chai latte with soymilk for the first time and totally loved it!

Being away from the field, I gleaned valuable coordinating skills from adopting new ways of working with facilitators remotely. I also had greater insights on the strength of our team of facilitators as they took absolute responsibility of their respective sessions, effectively delivered their sessions successfully and efficiently provided support to one another. I cannot sing of their praises enough!