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Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

FOOD WASTE (THE MENACE)

Did you know that every year “1.3 billion tonnes of food – one third of global food production – is either wasted or lost? This is equivalent to the same amount of food produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. Today, 5th of June, 2013, marks the Worlds Environment Day which is being celebrated under the theme ‘ Think.Eat.Save – an “anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your food print’.

Ghana is not immune to the consequences of mass food production. It’s so sad to see the tonnes of farm produce that go waste at our market places. There are tonnes of food produced in our country that some way, somehow, go waste. Wasting food means wasting all of the energy and resources that goes into producing it. For example, wasting food means wasting water – it takes 1000 litres of water to produce one litre of milk.

Wasting food means that we are not using our resources efficiently – and that we will continue to clear valuable rainforest to make room for food crops. In Ghana, nearly 70% of the 4.5 million tonnes of household waste that we dispose of each year is organic material. Much of this comes from foodstuffs wasted and discarded.

As we mark this day, the Ghana YMCA joins hands with all in a vow to renew our minds as Ghanaians to find ways of solving the continuous wastage of food produced in the country by growing our own foods, buying from our farmers and come out with ways of storing, preserving and branding our food produce to enable us earn foreign exchange and also prevent famine in the near future. bestdissertation.com reviews

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S2C programme takes center stage in Ghana as YMCA of Ghana launches Youth Initiative for Effective Leadership Development (YIELD).
The initiative which will be rolled out later this year in partnership with the Ghana Center for Democratic Development under the auspices of the National Youth Authority was launched in Accra on June 4, 2013 at the Alisa Hotel. It is a nationwide youth civic education, leadership development and social transformational initiative in which YMCA, schools, communities and organizations will involve students in hands-on learning experience.

An informed and participating youth with a shared common value system is said to be crucial for building strong communities. Young people need to understand that they can have an effect on themselves, their communities and their country through their actions. YIELD is designed to give youth both the tools and the character values to empower them to solve problems within the established system of government at local, regional and national levels. Participants will be provided an arena to test their beliefs, share their frustrations, examine their ethics, and broaden their knowledge. Emphasizing the four core values of the YMCA – Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility, the YIELD programme will work to produce young people who will accept the challenge of leading their generation into a new millennium.

Mr. Prince Allotey, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Ghana YMCA who welcomed participants at the launch expressed his excitement about the fact that the YMCA is not only creating a platform to harness and internalize the potential of young people but most importantly helping transform their thinking pattern and attitudes.Delivering the YMCA’s statement at the launch, the National General Secretary of the Ghana YMCA, Mr. Kwabena Nketia Addae indicated that YIELD which has come about as a result of the new direction of the Africa YMCAs under a concept of “Subject to Citizen” (S2C) is created to enhance the development of the Ghanaian Democratic system by enabling young people to prepare for moral and socio-political leadership through experiential learning.

One of the goals he said is to encourage responsible citizenship by increasing awareness of societal issues and understanding of the processes by which laws are made to govern. It will largely inspire young people to develop integrity and social responsibility as they deliberate issues faced as a country, and to accept some responsibility as they help to solve these issues, he said. The areas of training range from civic competence, research skills, advocacy, financial literacy etc. One twenty (120) students will be selected from schools in the Accra region for the initial training, Mr. Nketia Addae indicated.

The event brought together very distinguished leaders from partner organizations who made very key statements. Dr. Franklin Oduro, Deputy Director of the Centre for Democratic Development, Ghana and Mr. Prince Derek Adjei, Deputy National Coordinator of the National Youth Authority threw in their support to the YIELD Programme as partners in helping to create an informed youth. On his part, Dr. Oduro indicated that CDD Ghana is very excited to partner the Ghana YMCA in providing technical support to this agenda. He spoke about what seems to have become the order of office bearers even among young people and the need for a transformational programme like YIELD to intervene. As the state agency mandated with the responsibility of handling youth matters in Ghana, we always have and will continuously associate the resources of the Authority to very relevant programmes being pursued by youth organizations registered with the National Youth Authority, said Mr. Adjei.

This platform being created by the YMCA is very timely and crucial for not just the youth of the country but the country’s security as well. An informed citizenry has an informed leadership and creates an informed country, he said. The draft YIELD manual was formally launched by Mr. Prince Derek Adjei on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah.The Guest Speakers at the launch Mr. Stephen Eshun, CEO of Arch Media and Marketing Consult who doubles as General Manager of Sunny & Spring FM and Mr. Charles Sam, CEO of Future Generation Promotions spoke on “developing an all round youth”. Mr. Eshun called on stakeholders in the education sector to develop curriculum that would make the youth creative and innovative in their studies.

He urged that YIELD be used as a platform to help inculcate into our youth good moral values such as the YMCA’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and others since that is actually the bane of our current leadership.On his part, Mr. Charles Sam said this platform is the youth agenda; this is what this country should focus on”, he said passionately. He challenged the nation not to look back at past leadership mishaps but rather focus on what they “youth” can do to bring a change without waiting for someone. Mr. Charles Sam expressed a strong belief that the roll out of YIELD will largely help build responsible youth with better future leadership prospects for Ghana.

Mr. Seth Quaye, West Africa Managing Director of Metso Minerals, one of the major sponsors of the project also assured the audience of his outfit’s commitment to ensuring that the long term goals of YIELD is widely achieved. He invited Corporate Ghana to support what in his estimation is a worthy cause.“Many people have asked this question and many more have been asked “why do we go to school?” Answers keep coming but I strongly think that, just the possession of skills measured by pen and paper tests and ability to solve intellectual puzzles and rewarding academic skills alone is not enough. Rather the acquisition of full range of competences such as civic, vocational, emotional, cultural, physical, ethical and social competences is instrumental for our youth to become independent and productive citizens” said one of Africa’s distinguished S2C Ambassadors, Reginald Ffoulkes Crabbe who happens to be Coordinator of the YIELD initiative in an interview with Ghana YMCA Motiv8 newsletter.

For him, the major value of the programme lies in the development of young men and women who will be better citizens by being both knowledgeable and active in determining the future of Ghana and her democracy.The launch witnessed splendid performance by the Tema YMCA Acapella group and Chemphe, an award winning R&B Musician and a Global YMCA Ambassador of the S2C concept. Their performance echoed the agenda of YIELD as an S2C initiative.
Present at the launch were Heads and students from selected Senior High Schools; officials from the Ghana Education Service, National Youth Authority, UNDP/UNV, Youth Challenge International and a cross section of the media. The National Vice Chairman of the Ghana YMCA, Charles Habiah Esq. (Event’s MC), Greater Accra Regional Vice Chairman, Mr. Cyril Otoo, National Youth President and Secretary, Mr. Joel Arthur and Mr. Robert Nartey respectively, key YMCA staff including S2C Ambassador Mr. Gabriel Ofori Appiah were also present. Mr. Kwame Gyimah Akwarfo, National President of the Ghana YMCA was the Chairman at the launch.

This initiative is being supported by Metso Minerals, a mining service company operating around the world and the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities, USA.

Published in Leadership
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology – or MEST – was established in Accra, Ghana, through the non-profit Meltwater Foundation, with the aim of creating jobs and wealth locally in Africa by training young Africans to become software entrepreneurs. During the intensive two-year program at MEST, Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) work with experienced business executives, university graduates and current MBA students from top universities worldwide to develop software applications and prepare them for launch in the global marketplace.

It's About the Power of the People

The MEST concept was developed by Jorn Lyseggen, CEO of the Meltwater Group, a global Software as a Service (SaaS) company founded in Norway in 2001. The inspiration for MEST is a direct result of the culture that Lyseggen created at Meltwater. He believes that talent is everywhere, and that with the right support and guidance people can achieve great things. This belief is the foundation for MEST, which is proving that a new generation of young, successful global software entrepreneurs can originate in Africa.

MEST's vision is to create wealth and jobs locally in Africa. By training and mentoring young Africans to start their own software companies that compete successfully in the global marketplace, MEST aims to establish a generation of software entrepreneurs who inspire generations to follow in their footsteps. Our geographic focus is currently on Accra, Ghana, but we hope that a sense of pride and hope will ripple across the African continent and encourage similar initiatives everywhere. It is our desire that the companies launched through the MEST program will inspire a future prosperous technology industry in Africa.

MEST is fully funded and run by Meltwater Group through our non-profit organization, Meltwater Foundation.

Published in Information Technology
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Why develop small business?

Unemployment is one of the most important challenges facing the poor people in our country.  This has been made worse by the fact that over the last two decades, the formal economy (especially mining) has been shedding jobs and many workers were retrenched.  Furthermore, every year hundreds of thousands of new job seekers (the vast majority of them youth) join the army of unemployed. 

It is accepted worldwide that the development and growth of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) can play an important role in turning this situation around.  Policies and programmes to support the development of SMMEs are therefore an important part of the democratic government’s programmes to create a better life.

 

Published in Business In Ghana
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Your Ideas

“What reformation do we need today and how can it be achieved?”

Choose one main answer or idea you have on this question.   It can be as free as you like. Explain and present it in a creative way to the internet community, for example as a text, video, song, speech, picture. It should not be longer than 1 A4 page or 5 minutes video.

Published in Leadership
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

YCI's Approach to Youth Development

Our Approach to Youth Development

There are over 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 living in the world today. This represents the largest global youth cohort in history. With roughly 89% of youth residing in the developing world, young people make up well over half of the national population in many countries. It’s a big group – and it’s growing!

Published in Enterpreneurship
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Never late to do good

Never late to do good..

Alfred Nobel was an inventor and a businessman born in Sweden in 1833. When he was thirty years old, he made his first inventions of dynamite (a kind of explosive made by his company called Nobel Company). Although dynamite has many peaceful uses, including digging tunnels, it was and is still used in warfare.

 Alfred Nobel went on to become extremely wealthy by inventing and selling war materials, especially with a kind of smokeless gunpowder that made it easier for soldiers to see during battles.In 1867, Nobel patented his dynamite discovery after making improvement on the blasting cap; which was ignited by lighting a fuse. Nobel died in 1895 and left behind nine million endowment fund.

According to the Nobel Peace prize committee when Nobel died, in 1895, his will came as quite a surprise. He left most of his vast fortune to pay for a group of prizes awarded every year. The prizes were to be given for achievements in chemistry, physics, medicine, literature and the cause of peace. The first four prizes are awarded by a committee appointed by the Swedish parliament, and the peace prize is decided by a committee appointed by the Norwegian parliament.

According to Nobel’s will

    “The prize for peace is awarded to a person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding of peace congresses.”The award is sometimes given to an individual and sometimes to an organization.

As people of faith born of a ‘reformer’ (Martin Luther), desire to drive change is often over-shadowed with feeling of powerlessness. We encounter poverty, unemployment, diseases, changing environment and the list keep growing bigger and bigger.The little change in our own little way build up to the bigger difference we should desire: To leave the world a better place than we found it.

Published in Leadership
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Micro-Enterprise Conference

Advocating, Developing and Empowering

Youth Challenge International and the YMCA Ghana prensented the 2013 Entrepreneurship conference for Micro-Enterprise.  The Micro-Enterprise Conference was a unique conference that gave small business owners the opportunity to attend informative sessions, networking opportunities, a procurement fair and business resource expo.

Are you a micro-enterprise?
A micro-enterprise will usually operate with fewer than 10 people and is started with a small amount of capital. In the majority of micro-enterprises  the owner is the sole operator and worker, leading many to refer to this phenomenon as self employment.

Most micro-enterprises specialize in providing goods or services for their local areas.
Enter who came to the conference, had a very good developmental knowledge from other enterpreneurs  who share the the same dream with them.

Advocating, Developing and Empowering

Catch the Entrepreneurship Fever during the 2013 Micro-Enterprise Conference.  The Micro-Enterprise Conference is a unique three-day conference that gives small business owners the opportunity to attend informative sessions, networking opportunities, a procurement fair and business resource expo.

Are you a micro-enterprise?
A Micro-enterprise is defined as a business with no more than five employees and start up costs of $35,000 or less.  A micro-enterprise will usually operate with fewer than 10 people and is started with a small amount of capital. In the majority of micro-enterprises  the owner is the sole operator and worker, leading many to refer to this phenomenon as self employment.

Most micro-enterprises specialize in providing goods or services for their local areas.  Fifty four percent of U.S. businesses have one to four employees and 49.2 percent of Ohio businesses fit this mode.

- See more at: http://goblackcentral.com/2013/05/micro-enterprise-conference-2013-in-columbus-offers-an-affordable-alternative/#sthash.fACR6WnQ.dpuf

Advocating, Developing and Empowering

Catch the Entrepreneurship Fever during the 2013 Micro-Enterprise Conference.  The Micro-Enterprise Conference is a unique three-day conference that gives small business owners the opportunity to attend informative sessions, networking opportunities, a procurement fair and business resource expo.

Are you a micro-enterprise?
A Micro-enterprise is defined as a business with no more than five employees and start up costs of $35,000 or less.  A micro-enterprise will usually operate with fewer than 10 people and is started with a small amount of capital. In the majority of micro-enterprises  the owner is the sole operator and worker, leading many to refer to this phenomenon as self employment.

Most micro-enterprises specialize in providing goods or services for their local areas.  Fifty four percent of U.S. businesses have one to four employees and 49.2 percent of Ohio businesses fit this mode.

- See more at: http://goblackcentral.com/2013/05/micro-enterprise-conference-2013-in-columbus-offers-an-affordable-alternative/#sthash.fACR6WnQ.dpuf

Advocating, Developing and Empowering

Catch the Entrepreneurship Fever during the 2013 Micro-Enterprise Conference.  The Micro-Enterprise Conference is a unique three-day conference that gives small business owners the opportunity to attend informative sessions, networking opportunities, a procurement fair and business resource expo.

Are you a micro-enterprise?
A Micro-enterprise is defined as a business with no more than five employees and start up costs of $35,000 or less.  A micro-enterprise will usually operate with fewer than 10 people and is started with a small amount of capital. In the majority of micro-enterprises  the owner is the sole operator and worker, leading many to refer to this phenomenon as self employment.

Most micro-enterprises specialize in providing goods or services for their local areas.  Fifty four percent of U.S. businesses have one to four employees and 49.2 percent of Ohio businesses fit this mode.

- See more at: http://goblackcentral.com/2013/05/micro-enterprise-conference-2013-in-columbus-offers-an-affordable-alternative/#sthash.fACR6WnQ.dpuf
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