On February 10th as a followup activity after inception, trainers from AFPAFAM and COSADER trained thirty participants to become Ambassadors for the SDGs in the community of Pouma, Cameroon.
Ntiokam Divine, who initiated the training program, briefly outlined the objectives of the training. The training purpose was to explain the meaning of the SDGs and why they are important specifically for their community, to encourage the African youth to develop their own outreach strategies for achieving the SDGs locally, nationally and regionally, and also to engage youth in the SDGs by organizing leadership training and by focusing on their own local needs and priorities.
All participants joined five working groups to brainstorm on what SDGs means to them and equally to identify their priority areas as well as design concrete activities to address them as the main objective. The purpose of the working groups was for each team to identify 5 priority SDGs according to their own local realities such as in MY World 2030 global survey. It emerged from these workshops that the five SDGs that were prioritized by these ambassadors of Pouma were: 1. access to health, 2. poverty eradication, 3. the fight against hunger, 4. quality education, and 5. gender equality.
Today, 67, 038 people in Cameroon voted on MY World. Education, health care and clean water and sanitation are the top three key priorities.
In parallel, on June 6th, 85 participants took part of the African Youth for SDGs Training Program in Anambra State, in Nigeria on “mainstreaming youth in the means of implementation of the SDGs in Igbo language”.
The strategy and rollout of the training was to ensure youths are well informed and own the 17 SDGs, which has been translated into local languages to enhance communication effectiveness, to establish SDGs Clubs in schools (nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions) in order to reach a broader target audience, and to endorse all trainees as SDGs Ambassadors within their respective communities, using tools such as MY World Survey and World We Want Platform.
More than 2,735,000 Nigerians has voted on MY World Survey! The top three priorities are education, healthcare and job opportunities.
The first lecture was on “What are the SDGS? What they stand for? And why they are important to us”. Dr Roland Okoli, Deputy Director Center for Sustainable Development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University defined the SDGs as “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.” The second lecture was on “Engaging Youths in Achieving SDG 3: Eradication of ;HIV/AIDS.”
After the training, all participants shared their comments and contributions. As a conclusion, Mr. Ejeguo said they can become part of the SDGs advocacy and to accept the SDGs as the mile stone to transforming our world.