Today is International youth day (12 August)

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship and voluntary work AfricaINTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY is an annual celebration of the role of young men and women in the process of change and development, but also serve as an important day to raise awareness regarding various youth issues around the globe. The date (12 of August) has beed designated by the  United Nations General Assembly in 1999, and every year has its own special theme. For 2014 the theme is: “Youth and Mental Health” and goes under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’.

“Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labelled’. Efforts are needed to overcome this stigma to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free of isolation and unnecessary shame, and that they openly seek the services and support they need. You can be part of these efforts!” (UN)

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Volunteer as a teacher! Ghana tops in Maths and Science!

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship opportunities and volunteer work in AfricaIn a online article published by the Daily Graphic it’s stated that Ghana is ranked as one of the best African countries in the areas of mathematics and science. The article referred their statement to The Global Information Technology Report 2014, compiled by the World Economic Forum. A report that sets out to assess the network readiness of a nation, and how prepared its economy is to apply the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) to promote national economic growth and well-being. It covers various topics and indicators ranging from the availability of latest technology, internet access in schools, to the quality of educational systems as well as quality of math and scince education.

According to the Daily Graphics “the report said in 2013 alone 12.5 million English, Mathematics and Science core textbooks were distributed in public primary and junior high schools which enabled Ghana to exceed the universal textbook to pupil ratio of three textbooks per pupil.”

At voluntary Aid Africa we can help you arrange an internship position or voluntary work placement in one of Ghana’s many schools. We are always in the need for ambitious teachers who wants to contribute and make a difference in the world!

Read the full article here at Graphic Online >>

Take a gap year, do voluntary work and visit Mole National Park!

Watching bathing elephants from the viewpoint veranda.

Watching bathing elephants from the viewpoint veranda.

On the look out for elephant trails in the bush.

On the look out for elephant trails in the bush.

If you have a gap year, take the opportunity to contribute and get some experience by doing voluntary work in your field of study/or expertise.

Then as a break from your volunteer work, why don’t visit Ghana’s largest national park Mole. Just a day trip away from Tamale, this amazing and beautifully lushy place awaits you full of adventure. Enjoy the peace at the motel’s viewpoint veranda while scouting for bathing elefants below, or climb the roof of a jeep to go antelope spotting down in the bush?

What ever your mind of a great experience is – Mole has much to offer. During the dry season the park is especially well visited by a multitude of animals coming to drink in the local water ponds.

 More pictures at the site of Mole Motel >>

Read more about Mole at GhanaWeb >>

Staff presentations. PART 2: Ben Iddrisu Nindow

Mr Ben on motorbike. Ben Iddrisu Nindow is the last of eight children, born to the kombon-naa family in Bilpela-Tamale in 1959. He started his primary education in Kakpagyili catholic primary school, spending the frist two years studying under a Dawadawa tree before transferring to Bamvim presby primary, and than to Bamvim middy school. In 1973 Ben entered Ghana secondary school and proceeded to the Nyarkpala Agricultural College to train as an agricultural extension officer.

The working life started in 1981 when Ben was posted to the Gambaga district with MOFA. One year later he joined the Tamale Baptist agric project as a project manager for 5 years. He served as correspondence assistant for sponsored children in Bilpela under a world vision project between 1988 and 1996 before taking up an appointment with the then western Dagomba district council as farm manager. Another three year service as extension officer with the presby farmers training program ended with admission to the Tamale Polytechnic in 1991. On completion of his first duty post was as cross room teacher in Bimbila senior high school, and later as field officer with CAPSARD under a MOFA/ French embassy rice project. Ben is a good listener, talks little and is easy to related too. He loves reading and listening to music!

Staff presentations. PART 1: Iddrisu Mohammed Awal

Iddrisu Mohammed Awal

Iddrisu Mohammed Awal is the founder of Voluntary Aid’s international volunteer and internship programme. He was born in Tamale, Northern Ghana in 1986, and currently holds a high national diploma in accounting from the Tamale Polytechnic. Awal has a 9 years of experience from working with international volunteers and interns. He first join the team of Cooperation for Integrated Development (CID Ghana) and after several valuable years of experience, he decided to also start up Voluntary Aid Africa (VAA) because he believes in volunteerism for development.

Internship and volunteer work in Ghana: EDUCATION

According to UNESCO, 58 million children in the world are out of school, and 43% of them will probably never enter a classroom. The goal is to have all children in school by 2015, but the challenges are many. The situation is especially challenging in Sub-Saharan Africa. Going to school can be expensive, classrooms are generally overcrowded, there are not enough qualified teachers, and many schools lack access to electricity as well as adequate teaching materials.

This means the situation is tuff, but it also means that there are a lot of things we can do to make the situation better! For example UNESCO estimates that in the coming decades, 27 million teachers will be needed to meet the growing demand for education world wide.

Would you like to volunteer as a teacher, or support a Ghanian student?

Read more about our internship/volunteer programme >>

Check out our student sponsorship project >>

 

Public Holidays in Ghana!

African (Union) Day

Today (1st of July) is Republic Day in Ghana – a public holiday celebrating the day the country achieved republic status fifty-four years ago. Just about a month ago Ghana, as many other African countries, also celebrated the African (Union) Day (25th of May) – another public holiday taking the form of an annual commemoration of the establishment of the Africa Union (AU).

Historically, Ghana was the first African country to declare colonial independence in 1957, and one year later Accra hosted the first African conference to be held on African soil (the AAPC – All African Peoples’ Conference). It’s suggested that this conference later gave rise to the establishment of the African Union in 1963 (then known as OAU). The AU now consist of 54 member states, and has today shifted it’s focus from supporting liberation movements towards being an organisation that promotes Africa’s development and integration. Promoting the vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in  global arena.” African Union >>

Ghana pearls

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Krobo beads, Ghana West Africa.

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Beautiful beads from Ghana!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

 

 

 

 

 

Ghana has a great selection of beautiful handmade beads, some of them dating back a long time. Whether or not you will manage to come across a real antique or treasure, Ghana’s many markets are well worth a visit to get some fantastic gems to take home to loved ones! Scientific or not – but Wikipeda has an excellent description about different Ghanian glass pearls >>

 

 

Renting solar panel as a development strategy…?

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship opportunities and volunteer work in Ghana.

“Solar panels traditionally require a significant up-front investment and a long-term payback period, but what if you could rent them short term?” Momentum for Change’s Lighthouse Activities.

In an earlier post we have announced that Ghana aims at having a 10% contribution of Renewable Energy by 2020, and have proposed various strategies to achieve this. One being to support development and demonstration of economic viable renewable energy technological options for  mini-grid applications – perhaps a solar panel lease could be one option…?

Read more about the Renewable Energy Act 2011, Act 832 (01) at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum >>

 

Ghana women making bamboo bikes – a social and environmentally sustainable initiative!

As part of a socio ecological green initiative to adress climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and high unemployment amongst the youth in rural Ghana – the Ghana Bamboo Bike initiative have started manufacturing bikes in bamboo to sell on an international scale. The initiative is especially focusing on giving young women the opportunity to improve their financial situation, but also as a way of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable development in Ghana.

Visit their site for more information >>