What is a Global Citizen?

July 2021 has been a pretty packed month- from creating and brainstorming for our newest curriculum to hosting our first FULL team meeting with facilitators and teacher guides and setting up for what will be a pretty busy August with 2 Community Programmes running in full over 13 days.

But in true Move the World style, we added some spice and life to our meetings and day to day activities and took a few moments to tell you what being a Global Citizen means to us.

Would love to hear what it means for you 🙂

Let’s Go Planting: Move The World supports Green Ghana.

The Ministry of Lands and Resources alongside the Forestry Commission launched the Green Ghana Project on 11th June 2021.

This is to be a national annual event called Green Ghana Day. The project campaigns for restoring Ghana’s depleting forest by planting 5 million trees a day nationwide. The total number of trees planted will increase annually.

Free seedlings were distributed by the Government and the project encouraged the engagement of all citizens. Move The World being the only registered NGO in the Medie township supported the Forestry Commission Service Division in Amasaman to plant 200 Teak and Cedrela seedlings in Dobro – the next town after Medie.

Inmates from the Nsawam Prison came to support the initiative and helped in the tree planting. The Green Ghana Team has a Monitoring and Evaluation team who are responsible of  nursing and nurturing the seedlings into maturity.

This is an investment in the sustainability of our future and Move The World couldn’t miss an opportunity to engage in an initiative that reflected the diverse ways in which we educate students to be active global citizens through our Get Global Programme.

We look forward to continually be an active participant of the annual Green Ghana Day events.

Nkabom – Connecting Hearts & Hands for Ghana

On the 21st of April 2021, we ran the first Nkabom event.

This event was an idea sparked in November 2020 on how we might be able to collaborate with others and raise funds and awareness for our programmes.

We teamed up with Action Through Enterprise (ATE) and Girls Flow Free (GFF) at the end of the last year, put our heads together and came up with with a plan.

Nkabom is the twi word for “bringing together” or “connecting” – the adinkra symbol chosen means “connecting hearts” and this was something that fit so well for us as we wanted to connect with eachother, build eachother up and connect with the larger Ghanaian diaspora here in the UK.

The evening was jam packed and started off with a conversation between Dawid and Afua and then moved into 6 minute pitches from each of the 3 charities – ATE, GFF and MTW- followed by 4 minutes of questions.

We were honoured to have Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, one of our long term supporters and mentors join us for the evening and speak about his personal experiences growing up in Ghana and where his path has led him to today.
This was a live conversation with Afua Adom, a journalist and broadcaster, who was also able to share her experiences in giving to projects and organisations “back home” (Ghana).

Plus our wonderful Kellie Lucas, trustee and treasurer once again wowed us with her ability to moderate the conversation and MC the evening.

“Every child needs at least one adult in their lives who is irrationally crazy about them”- Dawid Konotey-Ahulu

It was such a great experience for MTW to harness our ask and focus in on the important parts of what people want to hear.

Together we raised £2400 that is split 3 ways between us! A successful evening had by all!!

Finally, we are honoured to have Vicky Leigh in our network who wrote an article on the event here:
https://twoflowercactuscreative.com/2021/04/29/nkabom-connection-collaboration-for-ghana/

To have a watch or listen in check out the recording!

Study Buddies- Acumen Course

Our core management team, Caroline, Claire, Lawrencia and Megan have just finished a 7 week Acumen coursed on “Nonprofit Fundraising.”

We have learnt so much and this comes at the exact time we are writing more grants and running more events to raise up awareness on our programmes and the incredible people who make sure each session runs smoothly!

Being virtual actually worked really well for us as we created a slot in our diaries every Friday afternoon for 2 hours to go over the readings and assignment work.
Our “study buddy” session was led by a different person of the team each week on a rotating basis – so we were able to play teacher and student as well.

We can’t recommend this course enough as it has helped shape a new way of looking at things for us and built a stronger base of passion of why we do what we do.

Move the World may be small but we are mighty and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Thank you Acumen for providing this course for free and looking forward to the next course we can book on soon!

https://www.acumenacademy.org/course/nonprofit-fundraising-essentials

Big Leadership Lesson with Prince Adu-Appiah

Co-Founders Claire Hardy and Megan Taylor were honoured to be the first guests on long time friend and partner Prince Adu-Appiah’s latest dive into the world of podcasts.

We met Prince in 2015 in Ghana and his work with 1 Billion Africa. Our collaborations haven’t ceased since and we are so proud of what this man is able to accomplish.

On reflection both Claire and Megan mentioned how fulfilling it was to speak about their own journeys and their big leadership lessons.

Have a listen where ever you get your podcasts!

YouTube: https://youtu.be/TI3MvY9CdBQ

Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/31XKZoH

Google Podcast: http://bit.do/princeongooglepodcast

Afripods: http://bit.do/princeonafripods

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3mv4gYg

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/leadwithprince

Stitcher: http://bit.do/princeonstitche

Extraordinary Women Challenging the Ordinary

We had a fantastic evening on the 7th of April, 2021 and were honoured to have Juliet Amoah, Ivelina Green and Rebecca Farmer speaking with our own Kelllie Lucas as moderator.

A very special thanks to Vicki Leigh who wrote a review of the evening. Her thoughts and reflections can be found on the link below. Thank you Vicki!

 

 


Two Flower Cactus Creative Blog Review

If you missed the event- you can have a listen here!

Big Give Christmas Challenge!

This Christmas we are thrilled to be accepted to take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge! The Big Give is the UK’s leading online match funding platform and our Christmas Challenge will be match funded!

Starting on #GivingTuesday and running for 7 days – we are aiming to raise £1125 which will be doubled to £2250! 

You donate £20 and we receive £45!

How does it work?

The Christmas Challenge goes live at 12 noon on December 1st! 

The first £1125 donated will be doubled! 

You need to donate through our Big Give Christmas Challenge Fundraising Page! 

https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a051r00001exqyoAAA -NOT UNTIL DEC 1ST! (Only donations through the big give website will be doubled)

You can extend your donation even further than double by adding Gift Aid! – Provided you work in the UK, registered to a UK address an extra 25p for every pound you donate will be added on by the UK Government! (You can add gift aid to as many different charities as you like throughout the year provided you are continuously employed) 

You will support 50 students receive 6 months Global Citizenship Education, provide employment for our local facilitators who deliver the programme and provide materials for specific projects and workbooks!

This first half of the academic year we have seen around 150 students get involved in Get Global sessions along with Maths and English classes of their own accord whilst their schools remain closed due to Covid-19. 

Can you help us guarantee more education for them next year?

If you can this Christmas – give a gift of education to students in Medie, Ghana

Get Global Activities

Our Get Global Programme piloted in 2018 and to date has impacted 176 students through 9 different programmes.
We have trained and employed 10 facilitators and are proud of the family we have created and sustained.

Get Global works on the principal of Experiential Education, which in short is the act of doing, reflecting and learning. This builds our young people with further life skills and impacts their ability to think critically and engage with challenges they face.

Two of our lead facilitators have gotten together to present a few of our favourite activities that are placed throughout the programme.
Check it out and feel free to get in touch for more information.

Lead Facilitators: Habiba Abdullah & Margaret Osei
Direction: Lawrencia Awuku
Filming: Ebenezer Tae Ameyaw (@tae_creates)

Student Volunteers: Samuel, Songdedoh, Arkum, Yelle

A creative Covid-19 Response

Our team has been reflecting on what this month has been like. There have been highs and there have been lows as I am sure most of you are experiencing during this time of Covid-19. Personally one of the strangest things to deal with is the difference between each country and where they are in terms of procedures. The UK was on lockdown before Ghana but then Ghana’s schools were shut down on the 16th of March making our programmes non-existent. However, with business still running as usual in Ghana it seemed strange that children were left to their own devices.

We were finally in a place where we have our Get Global programme and it works; students and facilitators both love it, schools are on board, we have plans for the future… AND now we have to cease delivery. Additionally, the youth we work with in Ghana don’t have the ability to continue virtual-learning with their schools or even the access to online learning material like most do in the UK – how then do we support kids who temporarily have no access to education?

So, we had to get our thinking caps on and think about how we can create a new ‘at-home’ programme for youth based on the foundations of Get Global.

Our Get Global Covid-19 Workbook takes students on a 2-week journey of activities and daily challenges.  These activities range from researching a country and finding some key facts to understanding different ways of thinking about an issue or challenge. We also want to ensure that students can access another side of this lockdown by creating daily challenges with their family members. Making dinner with an adult, writing a note of appreciation and even building the tallest structure with things you find in the house. 

Our goal is to reach as many students in the Medie area of Ghana with these books, not just students already on the programme but their friends and peers as well. We are also going to make this activity book available online as a PDF so anybody around the world can make use of it.

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With a full lockdown starting in Ghana on the 30th of March, time was of the essence. We spent 2 weeks creating and designing the programme, finding a printer and then transporting them to Medie for distribution. Distribution of 300 activity books was completed on the 29th of March at 8pm… cutting it close but just on time!

We hope this workbook will give students a chance to learn something new, engage with their families and connect with us via social media during this uncertain time. 

As Managing Director, I can wholeheartedly say that I am very proud of our team and what we have accomplished in a few short weeks. We have all dealt with emotional days, fear and uncertainty and come together to make sure that our students are reached in any way we can. 

We would love to engage with more students and families around the world during this time, so please do contact me directly (claire@movetheworld.co) or through social media and we’ll send a copy of the workbook over to you to engage with!

Thank you for your support- together we will Move the World.