HOW YEFL CONTRIBUTEs TO A BETTER WORLD
At YEFL we carry out seven main missions with young people in order to help them integrate into working life, as well as to develop themselves. Each of these mission is designed and undertaken with care for the welfare of the youth, which is our priority. These missions beyond just Tamale and Ghana, contributes to the world through the SDGs.
The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are integrated, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
In this article, we will show, through the analysis of each of our missions, what specific role we play in contributing to a world without poverty, violence, and discrimination against women and girls. Simply, a better world.
YEFL-GHANA as an organization believes in the economic empowerment of young people hence, together with our partners, we support young people to acquire vocational & entrepreneurial skills through our bootcamp manual to start up, maintain and grow their business whiles promoting
youth driven social enterprises. This contributes to three SDGs, i.e. Goal 1, No Poverty, specifically, target 1.2 which indicates that, by 2030, reduce at least half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all dimensions according to national definitions. We also facilitate the creation of avenues that offers youth in our operational areas quality education, contributing to Goal 4, Quality Education specifically, target 4.4. This goal aims to substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. Finally, our economic empowerment pillar contributes to Goal 8 by providing decent Jobs and economic growth. The goal is to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
YEFL-GHANA empowers Young people to rally together and use their voice to advocate for change. We do this through the youth centers, youth speak up, youth parliament and youth network approaches. This contributes to the actualization of Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, especially target 16.7, ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
YEFL-GHANA empowers the youth to use culture and arts to promote cultural identity, bridge the north – south divide and improve the participation and inclusion of youth in governance. Our approach also recognizes the economic opportunities in arts and therefore supports the artists to be entrepreneurial in their journey. The Art and Culture approach contributes to the realization of Goal 4. Quality Education under target 4.7: ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including through, appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. This approach promotes development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services contributing to Goal 8 , Decent Work and Economic Growth.
We also engage young people through sporting activities, to promote patience, tolerance, respect for others, equal rights, participation, health, sharing, peace and unity. This practice helps two Goals, the third and eleventh. Goal 3 campaigns for healthy lives and promote well-being. We all know sports can enhance mental health by delivering social, psychological and physiological benefits.
Also, sports contributes to Goal 11 which campaigns for sustainable cities. Sports we know has the power to unite people with which our cities and industries can be sustained.
YEFL-GHANA partners with young people as key stakeholders in the promotion of peaceful coexistence, and contributes to the Goal 16 as a whole, which allows to significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates.
YEFL-GHANA's, flagship community journalism program, trains young people to use digital ICT tools to address injustices at the community level and bridge the information gap between adults and youth, and help to attain the Goal 5, which is gender equality. The specific target we are contributing to is 5.b, which is, to enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
YEFL--GHANA builds the capacities of young people to be Youth environmental brigadiers in their communities through our Climate Change Camps. This contributes to Goal 13, and specifically, target 13.3 which seeks to improve education, awareness- raising and human& institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
In order to achieve all missions and other objectives, YEFL-GHANA partners with like-minded organizations, locally and international. This is in leu with Goal 17, creating partnerships to achieve the goals as well as our own mission.
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