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Yali West Africa feed and support inmates of Accra Psychiatric Hospital

Trigmatic

Trigmatic

Goodwill ambassador of Food for All Africa program, Trigmatic  on Saturday, 13th August, 2016 led a group of 120 young West Africans from the ongoing Young African Leadership Initiative to volunteer, feed and support inmates of the Accra Psychiatric hospital.

The project dubbed Food for All Share your breakfast was initiated by founder of Food for All, Chef Elijah Amoo Addo, a pioneer cohort of the YALI RLC to encourage volunteerism and community service among African youth.

Past cohorts of the program have been volunteering on the program whilst in Ghana. TheyIMG_2745 recover, feed and support vulnerable communities. The group chose the Accra psychiatric hospital because they have been a beneficiary of the Food for All program and also due to the recent shortage of food that hit the hospital.

The YALI RLC West Africa has since August 2015 executed three cohorts of leadership training for participants drawn across Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. 405 participants have been trained in entrepreneurship, public management and civil society leadership under the Young African Leadership Initiative West Africa RLC by President Barack Obama.

IMG_2842The 120 cohorts will be feeding and supporting over 500 inmates of the hospital and a  “Food4All Africa YALI Cohorts Sustainable Farms Fund will be launched by Food for All and participants to create and manage sustainable farms for vulnerable communities in Africa with which the psychiatric hospital will be the first to  benefit from the fund.

Trigmatic says food for all is a shared social responsibility and advocates public support to collectively work towards creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society in order for Africa to attain the UN Sustainable Goals 2 and 12 by 2030.

YNG Interns Bringing Internship Opportunities to the Youth

YNG Interns Africa tell us…….. We all know the problem well: young Africans are in dire need of employment opportunities. Statistics show that more than 50% of the continent’s university graduates cannot find work. Where work is available, most candidates lack the job experience and skills to be competitive. On the other hand, despite the difficult business environment in Africa, many employers know the value of developing talent through internships and are desperately seeking them. But, they say they can’t find them.

In their research developing this platform, the young Ghanaians they spoke with not only shared their desire to work and gain experience through internships but said that existing internships are only shared through exclusive/private networks, often leaving the majority out.  Therefore It is time we open the pool to more qualified Africans. Every African deserves a chance at meaningful work and through that, social mobility.

YNG (young) Interns Africa is an internship portal that responds to this need from both the employer and candidate end. We connect qualified young Africans with internship opportunities on the continent and around the world. 

In a simple to navigate the process, businesses can post their internships and review candidates right on the site. Candidates know whether they have been accepted or declined by an employer immediately.  Employers also have access to tools that allow them to easily filter through candidates, taking the hassle out of the process. 

They are especially excited to welcome businesses in the Diaspora. They believe that their virtual interns tool will lead African business leaders around the world to engage with and build the young talent. They are grateful for all of the work this community does to support the continent.  You can get in touch with them at info@ynginternsafrica.com

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) led by Future of Ghana Regional Manager for Ghana Tom-Chris Emewulu is a social enterprise that bridges the gap between education and work. Have recently partnered with YNG Interns in their mission to bring internship opportunities to youths.

Future of Ghana (@Futureof GH)

FOG 2016: Nominate a Pioneering Young Ghanaian Today!

The publication recognises the Top 30 under 30 pioneering Ghanaian youth from around the world, whilst also featuring forward thinking articles highlighting key industries, innovators and organisations vision for Ghana and Africa.

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MAKE YOUR NOMINATION TODAY: CLICK HERE

 

WHY THE FUTURE OF GHANA PUBLICATION?

We believe the publication will act as a catalyst to encourage greater youth participation with the development of Ghana.

We aim to produce a positive visual resource promoting Ghana whilst also using the publication as a point of inspiration for youth to showcase relatable role models excelling in a variety of industries globally.

The publication launches annually on Ghana Independence day to amplify a forward thinking narrative about the Future of Ghana, showcasing positivity whilst creating platforms to discuss solutions to specific issues the Ghanaian community face in Ghana and the Diaspora.


NOMINATION CRITERIA:

1. Aged 30 years or younger (as of 6th March 2016)

2. Be Ghanaian (born in Ghana or Ghanaian through birth, via a parent(s) or grandparent(s))

3. Please use the following characteristics as a guide when explaining your reasons for nomination:

  • MotivationalSomeone who helps to get the best out of others and themselves
  • VisionarySomeone who has a desired future outlook of a product or service they wish to or are a part of providing
  • AmbitiousSomeone whose demonstrated the will to succeed and/or shown a willingness to learn, especially from failures
  • Role ModelSomeone people look up to. A person who inspires others as a result of something they have done or are doing
  • Social Influence/ImpactSomeone who as a result of what they do/have done, have a positive of influence within a community
  • Communication Skills: Someone who demonstrates their ability to listens to others and as a result helps find solutions to problems for individuals/groups & communities

4. If a nominee was selected as one of the Top 30 Under 30 in 2015, as per the Future of Ghana constitution, they are not eligible for review and cannot be featured as one of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 Pioneer’s for the subsequent five [5] years; in this instance, not until 2019.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

Q. Can I nominate myself?

A. Yes you can, as long as you fit within the eligability criteria detailed 


Q. 
Do nominees have to be based in Ghana?

A. No, this is a global search for young Ghanaian talent. We welcome nominations from anywhere in the world, as

long as the nominee fits within the eligability criteria detailed 
Q. Can I nominate more than one person?

A. Yes, but all nominations will have to be made seperatly
Q. How are the Top 30 Under 30 selected?

A. 

Stage 1:

  • An independent committee is be responsible for scoring (from 1-10, according to Nomination Characteristics and the content of the nominators descritption of the nominee within the nomination form), reviewing and sifting all nomination entrants

Stage 2:

  • The shortlisted candidates are informed and groups of shortlisted candidates are equally distributed to the FOG Judges (nominations are presented without nominates name) for the FOG Judges to initial independently review and score candidates (scoring from 1-10 according to Nomination Characteristics and the content of the nominators descritption of the nominee within the nomination form) whereby the FOG Judges will score and select their top 7 candidates from their group

Stage 3:

  • The FOG Judges come together to feedback their group of Nominees scores and as a collective group the FOG Judges will conclude by jointly selecting the Top 30 Under 30 Pioneers

Stage 4:

  • The Publication and annoucement of Ghana’s Top 30 Under 30 2016 Pioneers is officially released on Ghana Independence day on March 6th 2016 

Eureka! British scientists lead a voyage of discovery for Ghana’s schoolchildren..

Lab_13 ignites passion, stirs up curiosity and mixes ideas to create future industry leaders.

A practical, accessible and student-led science project is paving the way for Ghana’s youngsters to step up and lead their nation’s science industry via a journey of exploration and experimentation.

photo-originalLab_13 Ghana, less about book learning of science and more about hands-on investigations, is heading to West Africa thanks to UK science charities Lightyear Foundation and Ignite! and a team of passionate scientists.

Lightyear Foundation is dedicated to igniting a passion for science across the world, empowering students, teachers and communities, showing how local, cheap and easily accessible materials can be used to bring the high school curriculum to life through hands-on activities, creating the next generation of passionate scientists.

Lightyear has partnered with Ignite! to deliver Lab_13 in the Bosomtwe District of central Ghana – the first outside of the UK.  The project which opens at Agape Academy on Wednesday 8 April is a designated science space in a school, where curiosity and imagination are brought to life through experiments using simple and basic local materials and resources. Activities are led by the curiosity and questions that children bring to the Lab_13, and their understanding of science is boosted by considering how it plays a central part of their everyday lives.

Each Lab_13 is run by a Management Team of pupils, and supported by Scientists in Residence.  In Lab_13 Ghana, scientists from Britain and Ghana will lead the sessions, encouraging understanding through doing, questioning, imagining and testing. But at the heart of the project is the principle that students are learning not just science but how to become scientists.

160 primary schools and 70 junior high schools in Ghana’s Bosumtwe District will visit Lab_13 between now and September.

British schools are invited to take part too – linking up to work alongside the Ghanaian students, via video, so that they can share findings and ideas and get passionate about science together.

Lab_13 Ghana is all about igniting passion and changing lives,” says Fran Ling, Co-Founder of Lightyear Foundation.

“We all know the importance of education, but the way children are taught can make all the difference. Getting hands-on to explore, test and discover is the ideal way to inspire active young minds and instil in them the importance of questioning.

“This all adds up to a drive to succeed in science, which is great news for individual futures and the prospects of a whole nation.”
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Lab_13 Ghana launched on Wednesday, 8th April at host school Agape Academy, Jachie. Students have been busy preparing for the launch event, rehearsing special dances to create a real celebration of colour and noise. There will also be tours of the lab space, speeches from the student management committee and demonstrations by students from Agape and other schools.

“Ghana is developing. We need a lot of scientists, they will develop Ghana,” says Joseph Donkor, Bosomtwe district Chairman for Ghana National Association for Private Schools.

“If they have the know-how and the understanding of science, they can solve their own problems and they are not left behind.”

The two British scientists who are heading to Ghana to donate their time, expertise and passion to help children enjoy and explore science are Myfanwy Owen and Anisha Tailor.

Myfanwy, 31 graduated with a degree in biology, specialising in biochemistry and microbiology. She spent several years in immunology research and development before moving to bioengineering. An enthusiastic micro-biologist with a real thirst for knowledge, she takes the tiny and makes it massively important. In 2012, she put her passion for science to good use, and joined the Lightyear Foundation Executive team managing their UK events.

Myfanwy says, “I was involved in the Lab_13 Ghana project from the very beginning and saw the idea grow into reality. The concept is brilliant and something I’m thrilled to be a part of. I know from my previous visits to Ghana the enthusiasm and curiosity of the children, teachers and community will make this project a huge success. ”

Anisha Tailor, 27, graduated in 2010 with a Master in Chemistry. She took time out from education and worked as a digital media designer for Fuse School, writing scripts and creating animations for YouTube science videos. Anisha retuned to university in 2013 to study Science Communication and upon graduation took on the role as Outreach Officer at The Physiological Society, creating hands-on activities, and discussion events for schools and the general public.

She says, “I met students from Lab_13 UK at a science festival, and within minutes I knew that there should be a Lab_13 in every school. When I saw the Ghana project, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. This is the way science should be taught and it’s a privilege to be involved with something so worthwhile.”

Seven students from Agape Academy have been chosen as the Student Management Committee of Lab_13 Ghana. They include Sylvester Kwakye, who says “Lab_13 is here to satisfy your scientific curiosity”, and Angela Sinabis, who says Lab_13 will “let me know things about the world”.

At Lightyear Foundation, exploration and education go hand in hand. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to unlock their potential, solve problems and engage with science and by doing so harnessing the skills they, and their countries, need for success. Lightyear Foundation is dedicated to igniting a passion for science across the world, empowering students, teachers and communities, showing how local, cheap and easily accessible materials can be used to bring the high school curriculum to life. 

Lightyear Foundation, registered charity no 1150231, for information visit the website www.lightyearfoundation.org

Ignite! Is a not-for-profit company that specialises in creative education programmes.
www.ignitefutures.org.uk Ignite! opened the first Lab_13 at Dovecote Primary School in Nottingham in 2009. 

Future of Ghana (@FutureofGH)