The following is an excerpt from an event summary at the African Youth for SDGs Training in Igbo Language held on Monday 6th June 2016 at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (Nauth), Nnewi Anambra State, Nigeria
It was an awesome time on Monday 6th June, 2016 at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State as men, women and youths of different fields of discipline gathered together to launch the African Youth for SDGS Training Program. There were 85 participants present at the event.
The event began with a speech by Dr. Titus Chukwuanukwu, acting Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, NAUTH. He buttressed that the launch of the African youth for SDGS training is a welcomed concept in fostering the SDGS campaign. Dr. Ejeatuluchukwu Obi, Advisor, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), Nigeria then gave a brief introduction of the organizers.
The strategy and rollout of the training:
Mr. Ejeguo Ogheneovo, Coordinator, CSAYN, Nigeria gave a welcome address. In his speech, he enlightened the audience on the expiration of the MDGS in 2015 and the adoption of the world’s first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), also called Global Goals. Mr. Ejeguo briefed on the main objectives as well as the expected outcomes. He stressed on the need to:
- Ensure youths are well informed and own the 17 SDGs, which should be translated into local languages to enhance communication effectiveness.
- Establish SDGs Clubs in schools (nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions) in order to reach a broader target audience.
- Endorse all trainees as SDGs Ambassadors within their respective communities.
Thereafter, Dr Roland Okoli, Deputy Director Center for Sustainable Development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka gave an introductory lecture on “What are the SDGS? What they stand for? And why they are important to us (having the youth as a major concern). He added that the university has divided the SDGS into six thematic groups to enable workability and collaboration from different departments and that the institution is willing to undertake researches that would ensure sustainability of the Global Goals. Worthy of note is his definition of Sustainable Development, which he defined as “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.” In his last comment, he stated that the strength of youths can be harnessed in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGS.
Speaking on the SDGS in Igbo language, Mr. Eze Chinedu said he was so delighted to partner with us in sharing the SDGS in Igbo. He read out the 17 SDGS in Igbo and adjoins youths to be custodians of the SDGS in our local languages for greater
inclusiveness of all. Ejeguo Ogheneovo did not also forget to remind participants to take hold of the three (3) pillars of the SDGS which are: Social Development, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability and the five (5)Ps of the SDGS namely: People, Planet, Partnership, Prosperity and Peace.
A snack break and snapping of photograph with guest lecturers was observed shortly.
The last lecture was on “Engaging Youths in Achieving SDG 3: Eradication of HIV/AIDS.” On this subject, Dr O.J Afonne took us down memory lane on the different health Programs that have been initiated by UN since 1978. He highlighted on the successes made by the MDGS in reducing the number of those living below poverty, children accessing primary education has dropped by half, those receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) has increased 50 times when compared to prior the MDGS and also the drastic drop in child mortality. He re- emphasized that the SDGS is a consolidation on the MDGS and thus we should leverage on the opportunities it availed.
Strategies on Eradication of HIV/AIDS
Dr. Afonne opined that the following methods can be applied: Intensive and early therapy
- Flushing out
- Bone marrow transplant with ART
- Prostatin: which has been proposed to have a cure for HIV/AIDS both invitro and invivo but it is still under studies by AIDS Research Alliance of UN under the surveillance of Food and Drug Agency of UN.
- FAST-TRACT to ending AIDS: Afonne said this is a strategy being developed by the UN to increase the number of those accessing ART to about 16 million thus dropping AIDS infection to fewer than 500,000 people within the next 5 years. This he said would form the basis of the discussion at the 2016 UN High Level Assembly scheduled to hold between 8 and 10 June, 2016.
RESULTS AND A WAY FORWARD:
The main objectives of the training were met: all participants shared their comments and contributions after the training. Participants asked questions regarding:
- What next actions to take after the training?
- How they can be part of the campaign?
Responding, Ejeguo said they can become part of the SDGs advocacy by associating with UN through CSAYN and that the goal for 2016 is sensitization and mobilization of all to accepting the SDGs as the mile stone to transforming our world.
Finally, Ejeguo Ogheneovo thanked all partners to mention but a few are UNIC, Lagos, Nigeria, UNDP, Abuja, Nigeria, CSAYN GCU and NAUTH. Not to forget, each participant went home with leaflets of the SDGS in English, Pidgin and Igbo language as well as calendar provided by UNIC, Lagos and UNDP, Abuja. The event was drawn to a close with an interview session with Dr Titus Chukwuanukwu and Prof J.I.B.Adimma.
Note: This report was drafted by Ejeguo Ogheneovo, Eze Osmond and Dr Ejeatuluchukwu Obi. All opinions expressed on the blog are the opinions of the author and not that of SDSN Youth. For more details about the programme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org