Sustainable Development Goals. Global Goals. SDGs. What are they and what do they have to do with us?
“At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.” http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sdgoverview/post-2015-development-agenda.html
Vision Africa’s goal is to “Give a Child a Future”. If the SDGs are achieved, children throughout the world will have brighter futures. This is why we at Vision Africa are committed to playing our part in order to ensure the goals are achieved.
We have reviewed all 17 goals and aligned them to our work.
Our Seed of Hope, Special Education and Education programmes each touch on different points from this goal
Feeding programmes at our Education, Seed of Hope and Vulnerable Child Support projects contribute towards this goal as does our Agribusiness course at Nyamache Seed of Hope in Kisii.
Education plays a crucial role in our work to give children brighter futures and each of our programme areas works towards ensuring children and young people can access quality education.
Vision Africa believes that in order to create empowered communities we need to ensure girls and boys are empowered equally. Our Seed of Hope programme provides vocational, enterprise and life skills training for both genders and our empowerment clubs have gender-specific and combined sessions to encourage children and young people to see both perspectives
A key part of this goal is “substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training”. This sums up what Seed of Hope is all about – providing education and training to ensure youths can earn a reasonable living through employment or self-employment.
“Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status”. Both Seed of Hope and our programme for children with special needs contribute towards this.
As well as a network of empowerment clubs, Vision Africa has trained project participants on how to ensure their voices are heard. Projects are in the process of setting up Beneficiary Councils which will “ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision making at all levels”. Stakeholder conferences also help achieve this
Vision Africa realises the value of collaboration and we look forward to developing new partnerships as we play our part in working towards the goal.
Whether you are an individual, CBO, NGO, business owner, club or organisation…everyone can play a part in achieving the goals. The UN has pledged that “no-one will be left behind” and we believe that applies to helping to achieve the goals as well as benefiting from their achievement.
Contact us if you would like to get involved or learn more about our work in this area.