We focus on nine aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we have put all our focus areas under four main groups:
Volunteerism Programmes Manager
Selflessness and service to humanity are two of the greatest attributes that any young person should have. Hence, as part of our mission, as we train students to gain working experience and develop professionalism, we also take them through volunteerism programmes and global issues, to imbue the sense of selflessness and patriotism in them. Indeed, at the moment, we have made a lot of impact in the various communities that we have served so far.
Countries We Impact Include: Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
TTCJN is really making a lot of impact through its volunteerism programmes. The evidence is clearly shown in our key performance indicators. As has already been mentioned, we focus on nine aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which have all been categorized into four groups to make it easy for us to achieve our objectives. We always draw up an action plan and undertake projects and programmes in each of our member countries. So far, we have made a lot of impact in the deprived communities that we have been serving as well as the basic schools that we have been assisting. Our members have also personally impacted the lives of some of the pupils they adopted as their little brothers and little sisters.
We are passionate about education because, it is an established fact that, most of the problems that are being faced in Africa, can be mitigated if quality education is ensured in each country. Education affects poverty positively, it reduces inequalities, improves maternal mortality and health in general, ensures that decent jobs are created to tackle unemployment and protects the environment, our climate and our water bodies. In short, it underlies all the SDGs that we have decided to focus on.
Education is the very first Group of Causes that we have decided to focus on. And it is the only SDG which stands alone as a group in our focus areas.
Our objective is to train and mentor students and give them real working experience whilst still in school so as to tackle graduate unemployment. In so doing, we also ensure that we inculcate in them the spirit of selflessness and patriotism. Therefore, we have decided to undertake education-related volunteerism activities in deprived communities so as to help the less endowed in society. Our education-related volunteerism programme is known as the Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme. Basically, it is an education and a mentorship programme that has been designed to help the children in the deprived communities to improve upon their academics and to also get role models.
This programme is very important because, according to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), of all the regions of the world, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion.
- Over 1/5 of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school,
- Followed by 1/3 of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14.
- And almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.
These are just a few of the reasons why we believe that attention should be given to education. Thus, we have decided to partner with the Ministries of Education of our member countries to carry out volunteer programmes to help deprived communities.
Quality education in sub-Saharan Africa has a couple of challenges and we are determined to help ameliorate the situation through our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme.
Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education For All By 2030
According to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), seven out of ten countries face an acute shortage of teachers. 9 million teachers are still needed to fill the existing classrooms in the whole of Africa for children to receive primary education. Out of that number, sub-Saharan Africa alone requires 1.1 million teachers because the region has the lowest scores and rates in regard to education.
Available UIS data indicates that, literacy rates based on genders is lower for females and it is possible to decrease maternal mortality rate with the help of education. Statistics also show that, it can decrease by up to seventy percent if every girl receives primary education.