Education is the only focus area under our first group of causes. This is because, education can positively impact all the other focus areas that we want to tackle. It affects poverty positively, it reduces inequalities, improves maternal mortality and health in general, ensures that decent jobs are created to tackle unemployment and it protects the environment, climate and water bodies.
The UN estimates that, 617 children and adolescents lack minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics (ie, 6 out of 10 children and adolescents), and there is also a teacher shortage in Sub-Saharan Africa – 1.1 million teachers are needed in Sub-Saharan Africa for children to receive primary education.
TTCJN members at the tertiary level have decided to dedicate some part of their time to go and augment the efforts of the teachers in the deprived basic schools and to also help the pupils become better in their subjects.
Our second group of causes focuses on Youth, Employment And Innovation. All the issues being tackled by the SDGs, concern the youth. But one major issue of concern for the youth is unemployment. The solution is not just employment, but decent work.
Decent work means opportunities for everyone to get work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration.
Unfortunately, dwindling job opportunities coupled with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, has made it impossible for most youth to be gainfully employed. One way of solving the unemployment dilemma is through innovation and technological development.
Poverty, Inequality and Women (Girls) are interrelated. Poverty and inequality are two of the main reasons for underdevelopment in the world but of the categories of people that are affected most by poverty and inequality, women make a chunk of it; especially in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80% of those living in extreme poverty.
Available statistics indicates that, inequality has increased by 11%. Half of all people living in poverty are under 18; ie, 50% of all people affected by poverty are the youth and children. That makes it of great concern to us since it falls directly under our mission.
Climate change affects the environment negatively which in turn affects health, water & sanitation. Taking action to safeguard health and water as well as against climate change will directly contribute not only to these three goals but also to the other SDGs. Taking action in this regard will also bring about a lot of positive economic impact.
Bold climate action could trigger at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.
The energy sector alone will create around 18 million more jobs by 2030, focused specifically on sustainable energy.
A lot of progress has been made in terms of ensuring good health. But to achieve the expected goals of SDG 3 (Good health & well being), multisectoral, rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches are required to address inequalities and to build good health for all.
As future leaders of the world, we see it as a responsibility to protect anything that tries to harm the environment and the future for that matter.