African youths have been admonished to think of solutions to the nagging challenges facing the continent and desist from the hand-me-down mentality inherited from other continents. This was said by Lawyer and Journalism Lecturer Ogochukwu Nweke at the 2016 edition of Impact Talk organized by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ghana under the theme Transforming Our World: The Role of the Youth in Achieving the SDGs.
He urged young people to strive to be themselves and not like others by changing their minds positively and add to the balance of the world through the provision of solutions that will help Africa to progress towards achieving the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The world as a whole lacks balance, we as Africans have not added our quota of the balance and the time to do it is now.” He said. He tasked African youth to begin appreciating the African culture and who we are as a nation, since this is the first step towards mental liberation. He reiterated that “the African’s way of living, culture and education is the best and the moment we disregard our being as individual Africans, we die with no impact.” Mr. Nweke further called on the youth to apprise themselves with the Global Goals and join in the debate to shape the goals to meet the needs of the citizenry.
Speaking to the topic: Transforming Our World: The Role of JCI Ghana in Achieving the SDGs, Acting More and Talking Less, Mr. Albert Ankrah Executive Director of Ghana Gulf Chamber of Commerce who doubles as the Immediate Past National President of JCI Ghana urged JCI Ghana to collaborate within and with likeminded organizations to pursue the global goals with all seriousness and action. “It is time for JCI Ghana to act in line with admonitions of JCI World President Paschal Dike who calls on members to JUST ACT.” He indicated.
He alluded to the essence of applying the Active Citizens Framework (ACF) designed and adopted by JCI as roadmap to finding sustainable solutions to challenges facing communities around the world. The framework emphasizes the need to identify the root causes of problems at the community level, building partnerships across sectors, developing an effective plan to take concrete action, and evaluating impact in order to create positive change.
According to Mr. Ankrah, joining JCI years ago has opened for him several local and international openings and extensive network of opportunities that helped in improving his personality and business development. In his view individual and collective capacity developments abound in JCI, as such members should rise up and take advantage of the numerous trainings in JCI to boost performances in their business and personal lives.
Both speakers commended the John Stephen Agbenyo led JCI Ghana for the sustainable projects agenda embarked on this year to impact communities in regions that JCI exists in Ghana. They emphasize the need for JCI Ghana to replicate the Impact Talk across educational institutions in Ghana to serve as a nerve centre for intellectual reengineering. Some of the projects being implemented across Ghana by JCI Ghana include the HIV/AIDS Anti-Stigmatization Campaign in Kumasi, the Brighten Your Corner Library and Reading Project in South La in Accra, the Pregnancy School in Tarkwa, the Health Is Wealth Project in Accra Central, the Datoyili Sanitation Project in Tamale and the Hand washing Project in the Ashanti Region.
The JCI Impact Talk was held as a prelude to the 2016 JCI Ghana First Quarter General Assembly at the Nim Avenue Hotel in Tamale. The event brought together JCI Ghana members across Ghana to take stock of projects and activities for the First Quarter of 2016 and to strategize for the remaining part of the year. In attendance were Mr. Gyan, Tamale Metropolitan Coordinator of the National Youth Authority, students from both tertiary and second cycle institutions, religious organizations, youth organizations and members of JCI Ghana.
JCI Ghana National President, Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo who chaired the occasion called on the youth of Ghana to be more interested in what goes on around them so that they can be responsible citizens in a world that is proving every day to be more technologically inclined. “Let’s strive to be better.” He emphasized.
JCI Ghana is affiliated to the Junior Chamber International (JCI) headquartered in Chesterfield, St. Louis Missouri in the United States of America. JCI is a worldwide community of young active citizens ages 18-40 who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership and action.
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