Students from Kinbu Senior High Technical School and Wisdom Ways Academy, in Greater Accra Region were today, September 24th sensitized on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the Global Week of Action on the SDGs.
The sensitization of the students forms part of activities lined up for the Global Week of Action by the Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs with support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Ghana.
The Global Week is celebrated annually from 20th to 30th September by advocates around the world to drive action, raise awareness and hold leaders to account to accelerate progress on the SDGs. This year’s week of Action is being celebrated under the theme: #StandTogetherNow.
Students in both schools showed great enthusiasm to know more about the goals. Some of them indicated that this is their first time of hearing about the SDGs whereas others had already discussed the SDGs in class. In Wisdom Ways Academy for example, students were discussing current challenges in Ghana such as waste, sanitation and deforestation, and related those challenges to the goals. Students also discussed what the SDGs mean for their lives (such as Goal 4 Quality Education), how they can integrate the SDGs into their daily lives and encourage their friends and families to do the same. Students asked very good questions (such as “Who composed the SDGs?” or “How many SDGs have been achieved so far?”) and were eager to receive the material on the SDGs so they can remember each of the goals cited and engage others on the Goals.
While the students where educated on all the 17 SDGs, a special focus was given on environmental and climate justice (SDG 13) to build on this week’s “Global Climate Strike” and raise awareness about the detrimental impact of climate change. In particular, students were educated on the increasing negative impact of waste and plastics on the environment and were engaged on what climate change means for their everyday lives and what they can do to support the environment in their communities.
The Activities for the Global Week of Action will continue tomorrow with a Press Conference on Wednesday 25that Accra International Press Centre, a community Durbar on Thursday 26th at Ashaiman Market and on Friday, a beach cleaning exercise at Bole Beach.