YOLEG Executive Advocates for Climate.

YOLEG Executive Advocates for Climate.

Youth Legacy Partners in ‘Youth Take Lead for Climate Action Campaign’

Youth Legacy Ghana (YOLEG) makes a premier step as they partnered in the recent Youth Take Lead for Climate Action Campaign’ which was hosted by Inspire, You Expire Global Foundation (IYEGF) alongside other partner and financing organization; Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES), Civil Society in Development (CISU), 100% for Children, Noble Aid Africa Foundation (NAAF) and Organization for Inclusion and Empowerment (OFIE). As part the partnership, Youth legacy together with OFIE held a ‘Climate Change Radio Advocacy’ at Radio Peace (88.9 MHz) from 4:00pm-4:30 (GMT:00) in Winneba, Central region. The radio advocacy which was purposed on sensitizing the youth on their role toward climate action and targeted at the local people used the local dialect to aid better understanding among the local indigenes. The program hosted four panelists: Benjamin Edwards (Programmes Manager, YOLEG), Kwadwo Frimpong (Volunteer, YOLEG), Sender Kyereme (Volunteer, YOLEG) and Sadock Ofori (Rep, OFIE) who discussed on the meaning of climate change; it causes, effects and predominantly, why and how the average youth should join the quest to combat climate change.

Proceedings from the discussion explained Climate actions as part of the UN SDGs and climate change as the global phenomenon of climate transformation characterized by in the changes in the usual climate of the plate (regarding temperature, precipitation, and wind). Emphasis was made on how human activities is the major driving force of climate change in recent times. Examples of human activities highlighted included burning of fossil fuels such coals, oil and gas, for electricity, heat and transportation, coupled with other practices such as deforestation, incineration, and intensive agriculture, all of which emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and eventually increasing global weather conditions. The resultant effects of climate change were also heighted ranging from rising in sea levels, warming atmosphere, flooding, drought, and scarcity of food and energy.

Finally, the panelist highlighted on why and how the youth should participate in the combat for climate change. The youth was identified as been idealistic, innovative, connected, and everywhere and for that matter stands to be a key agent in achieving the SDG 13. They youth were sensitized to help the agenda by speaking up, joining a movement and generally changing their lifestyle.

Bookish Education System: My thoughts!

Bookish Education System: My thoughts!

As I continued my studies on Christian Education about the Basel Missions, I found the statement below in the study by Guang-Duah

“The Asanthene, Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II was said to have expressed concern about the type of education provided by the missions in Ghana in 1942 in a message to the Methodist Conference in Kumasi. The traditional ruler criticized the content of Mission Education in Ghana in general as being “TOO BOOKISH” and not aimed at generating wealth for the nation. The comments also served as a precursor to the concerns expressed by the All Africa Churches ‘conference held un 1963 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia on Christian Education in Africa. The conference recognized the importance of education to economic and social development and called on churches and missions to organize the content of the educational programmes to make them relevant to the needs of the people. They advised that in the teaching of Agriculture, for instance, Mission schools should try to link their teaching in the classroom to work on the farm. This was what the conference felt could help make the mission education relevant to the African Society. The fact that the church in Africa talked about the issue meant that it was a problem all over the continent.” [1]

 

The sad thing is that we still make the same statement in the 21st Century. The debates and focus on many institutions in Africa and Ghana in particular are to change the curriculum from Book to Skills. 1942, we figured out the woes confronting education in Africa yet there has been no relevant change over the years. What saddens me is the Technical Vocational Education and Training. We are alluding to TVET instead of Software Development, Machine Learning, Technology Innovations, and Cyber Security. We are in the age of technology; we demand from our leaders to teach us how to build machines. Teach us the means for exploring with meaning and meaning for development. Book! Book!! Book! The change we require is not a substitute for book learning to TVET. Until TVET based jobs are made recognized professions similar to Health Doctors, Lecturers, nurses etc., patronage will be low, and results wouldn’t be fruitful. We need something more than TVET

My thoughts!

  [1] Gyang-Duah, C. (1996). Scottish Mission factor in the development of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana: 1917-1957.