Political Sensitization Project, Sunyani, Ghana Copy
Central project goal:
To empower people to make Ghana's development their cause, to create a future worth living in Ghana and to show others that one can contribute to this through one's own commitment and not just hope for a questionable future in Europe.
It was about empowering people in Ghana (especially the youth) to take their destiny into their own hands by acting as citizens to work together to build a country that provides a decent life for all, so that no one is forced to emigrate in search of better opportunities elsewhere, especially to Europe.
In many African countries, about 60 percent of the population is under 24 years old. At the current rate of population growth, it is estimated that the African population will double by 2050 (i.e. to about 2.5 billion people). Given the enormous socio-economic problems on the continent and the numerous development challenges, many observers and development policymakers are legitimately asking the question What is the way forward? Obviously, the urgency to provide opportunities for young people within the African continent (and thus to debunk false hopes of limitless opportunities waiting for them elsewhere, especially in Europe) can no longer be underestimated. And Ghana is no exception in this case.
Between 1 November 2018 and 30 November 2019, the Black&White Initiative in collaboration with its partner association in Ghana successfully implemented the project - the theme was: 'Political Sensitisation Project, Sunyani, Ghana'- later called: 'Civilian Sensitisation Against Irregular Migration' (CSIM). The main idea behind the CSIM project was to strengthen the understanding of teachers, students, parents and society in general to build institutions based on the rule of law and social democracy where individuals are able to actively participate in building the country.
The aim was to create a common platform that would lead to the building of a society where no citizen would have to emigrate in search of better opportunities in Europe or elsewhere. The project was funded by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Main multiplier/capacity building training workshop of the project was held in Sunyani, Ghana from Monday, 4 March to Saturday, 9 March 2019.
Development Education Work:
Overall, the project was successful. Above all, the effort and the high level of funding was worthwhile. With this, after our experience with the project, we can definitely suggest that such developmental education work is highly recommended, not only in Ghana but also Africa-wide. As already mentioned above, any development that is sustainable and creates decent conditions is not an accidental event, but needs systematic planning and implementation. And to be able to plan and act, one needs the appropriate knowledge, motivation, conviction, sensitisation, encouragement and capacity. The time is ripe for development policy and development action to specifically give the necessary tools through enlightening education to the people so that they contribute their own development.