Why Not Me? #UNGA Conversations That Reflect My Younger Self.

 

              “You can do great things if only you weren’t busy doing little things” – Unknown

The annual United Nations General Assembly brings together world leaders to brainstorm on sustainable solutions to the world’s pressing challengesand this year’s UNGA was not an exception. As a community builder this was the most touching and inspiring gathering for all the speakingengagements and platforms I spoke at, as well as coverage I made on behalf of the United Nations Foundation and the Social Good community. Theclimax of it all was the launch of the #Youth2030 strategy by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres and UN Youth Envoy, JayathmaWickramanayake which gives renewed hope to young people around the world. It’s such a great time to be alive.

 

 

My week began with a brainstorm session with fellow plus social good connectors and advisors at Breakthrough Foundation about Global Goals Labs.This provided a great opener for us to continue the year long planning and discussion in person so as to give a sense of direction for the program. Refreshing as it was, we officially kick-started the UNGA and Global Goals week on this note.

 

 

My personal theme of reflection for all activities that took place during the UNGA week was “Why not me?” This is because I have finally come to the realisation that everything that I dreamt about is possible and within reach so, why not me making a deference in the world? Of course why not me? My day continued after the brainstorm at Breakthrough Foundation. Walking straight to the Facebook Office to deliver my speech about the values that young people add to development as well as sharing my alumni testimony on behalf of Junior Achievement Africa. Growing up, I was privileged to have all these opportunities to improve upon my leadership capabilities and it dawned on me how far a journey I have come since the old high school days. Why not me representing a generation of young leaders who are hungry to contribute towards development in their respective countries?

 

 

Social Good Summit was next, and it is by far, my favourite summit yet! The conversations were centred on youth and children and it really touched the core of my childhood, as it provided all the answers I always asked about youth engagement. Why are young people always left out when it comes to decision making? Why are young people always seen as incompetent in various leadership roles. I am a victim of this stigma and I am grateful to all who continue to believe in me and see great value in my voice, capabilities and strengths. No young person deserves this kind of stigma. All lives matter. This fight I have fought very well and won by giving other young people a voice to do what they are most passionate about and by also proving everyone wrong that young people too are capable of making a difference in the world. This is the more reason why I was happy when the United Nations decided to work with and include young people in all decision making facets of development. Young people have all the passion and energy to produce the results that most leaders of today are feeling reluctant to. SO why not us?

 

 

I acquired a lot of knowledge about international trade, sustainable development and data during all sessions of the SDG Media Zone where leaders of nonprofits, social enterprises and leading organisations around the world expressed their solutions for a better world.These solutions have shaped my way of thinking and have made it possible for me to transfer what I learnt to my community initiatives, SocialGood Ghana and Educational Communities Worldwide. As always, I am looking for innovative ways to engage my growing community of entrepreneurs, activists and community leaders. My doors are therefore open to any form of collaboration.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self? My message to all young people reading this update is that you can do great things if only you weren’t busy doing little things. So why not you?

 

 

 

Announcing transition of Educom’s Co-founder, Emmanuel Nyame

Emmanuel Nyame, along with Lawrence Fianko founded the organization based on their vision of sustainable, lifelong impact. Communications Director Kara Johnson had the opportunity to catch up with Nyame and chat about the present and future of Educational Communities Worldwide.

 

  1. As a co-founder and now CEO, what visions and goals did you have for the organization that are now coming true?

My vision for Educational Communities Worldwide predominantly is growth. We have been consistent in delivering our mission and want to build on our excellent track record to grow systematically. Our goals are to increase our regions of impact so more students can benefit from our programs and activities.

 

  1. What are your future goals for the organization?

My future goals reside in human capital. Without a strong team we would not have been able to do so much within a short period of time. So my goals are mainly centered around ensuring that we have the competence required to propel us to achieve beyond our mission.

 

  1. For those who don't know, what sorts of programs and resources does EduCom provide for the community?

Educom World prides itself with strong communications in skills development. It is necessary to help young students realize their capabilities early in life so they become self-reliant in achieving their career goals. It's one thing to get the best grades in school but quite another to use the knowledge acquired from school to improve one's skills set. We are happy to be doing well with our current partner schools and universities. Mentorships, internships and career coaching forms part of our core programing.

 

  1. What has been the most difficult part about starting and running an organization?

Trying to achieve 100% goals from the onset. However, due to constant coaching and advise from our Board of Directors, we have learnt to embrace each step of the journey as we achieve our goals one step at a time.

 

Meet Kara Johnson, Educom’s New Communications Director


Educational Communities Worldwide is pleased to introduce Kara Johnson to the community as our Communications Director.

She is from Indianapolis, attend Indiana University, where She is studying media with a concentration in advertising and a specialization in media psychology. She is also working on a minor in psychology as well.

She enjoys singing, writing, hiking and painting. She is currently working part time as a supervisor for the extended day programs within Monroe County Community School Corporation and outdoors her  passion for working with children and helping people. She hopes to be able to use her creativity to work for an organisations like Educom World that helps people in need.

Contact Kara here: k.johnson@educom.world 

Call for Interns – Fall Semester Internship Program

About Educational Communities Worldwide

Educational Communities Worldwide is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization on a mission to promote a sustained global impact community with decent work and lifelong learning opportunities for all. Our aim is to ensure sustained, inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work in addition to inclusive education and cultural awareness through internship placements and cross-border engagements.

 

About The Internship Program

Are you interested in learning more about education, global development, or how to make a social impact all around the world? Are you interested in applying your passion and skills to helping shape conversations that lead to real change in the education sector? Are you passionate about working with a dynamic team of leaders and learning from their collective 50+ years of experience in different sectors (international diplomats, government, media, tech, and more)? Are you excited about the idea of working with a global team that working on BIG issues? Great, this internship is for you!

 

We are seeking passionate, innovative and hard-working individuals who are willing to roll-up their sleeves and join our energized team. Educom interns are treated as “staff” and will have part-time work responsibilities and are expected to fulfill them with excellence– we believe that anyone can drive change. We believe in creating mentorship and learning opportunities for interns and will involve all interns fully in our planning and production so you can learn about all parts of planning large scale programs.

 

Why Join Our Team

We are a small, dynamic, passionate and well-connected team of individuals that span different sectors but with one common goal: engage more people in global conversations to harness human potential to design solutions to today’s biggest problems. This is an opportunity to tackle large-scale educational issues facing humanity and to build an ecosystem for creating lasting change. In this role, interns will be able to use their creativity for good and gain exposure to global educatioal stakeholders. University credit can be earned for participating universities (please check with your school).

 

Expectations

Duration of Internship: Fall Semester ( Sept 1 – December 1)

Time commitment: Part time: 20 hours per week

Location: All interns will work remotely from regions where we operate- U.S.A., U.K., and Ghana.

Fees: The internship program is NON-PAID. If needed onsite, a modest travel stipend may be provided to support attendance of interns of Educom Programs

 

We Are Recruiting For The Following Intern Roles:

Research and Data

NGO Outreach and Community Engagement

Campus and College Outreach and Engagement

Marketing (digital, social, email)

Communications (social media, traditional media)

Film and video production (new media)

Graphic Design

Copywriting and blogging

Website and coding

 

Send resume and interested role on or before August 25th.

Selected applicants will start work on September 1, 2018.

Justice Unlocked Donates Computers to Educational Communities Worldwide

Bloomington, IN. June 1, 2018.

Justice Unlocked, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting clients in matters of criminal defense, family law, sexual assault, domestic violence, landlord tenant law, small claims, and offers a pro se plus package, donated three computers to Educational Communities Worldwide.

In a note attached to the donated items, Executive Director of Justice Unlocked, Jamie Sutton believes that education is a vital component in the development of every nation and and recognizes the efforts that organisations like Educational Communities Worldwide are putting towards access to education.

“These computers will help us in administration works at our Ghana office;” states, Lawrence Fianko, Co-Founder of Educational Communities Worldwide. “We are very grateful for the kind gesture and look forward to working with Justice Unlocked to strengthen educational systems across the world.”

Why We Care – Conversations at Brown University on African Entrepreneurship

 

Our Co-founder Emmanuel, was privileged to have been invited to Brown University’s first ever Africa focused panel on Entrepreneurship on April 16, 2018. This program saw vibrant and impactful discussions with leaders, entrepreneurs, and advisors who are adding economic and social value in Africa. Panelists shared stories of how they started their ventures, how they are currently adding value to Africa, and where their ideas are taking them next.

The event was well attended by Brown University students, community members, staff, and faculty, who all engaged in the conversation in hopes to spark interests in doing business in Africa.
Panelists included: Dr. Tunde Alawode. Co-founder, Dotlearn, Tayo Rockson, CEO of UYD management, TEDx Speaker, Prof. Bakuli, Professor at Westfield State University, Emmanuel Nyame, Co-founder of Educom World and Social Good Ghana, Prof Darko, Founder of African Potential, and Damilola Junaid, President/Founder, Arise Africa Foundation.

The one hour, thirty minutes discussion was moderated by: Vibha Pingle, Ph.D ’96, President and Founder, Ubunta at Work. Panelists spoke about their challenges in business and how they overcame them. Discussions also touched on the need to consider social entrepreneurship as a way of providing solutions to the problems around us. Gender equality was the round up for the day’s work as the conversation eventually revolved around the need to support women as a way to promote diversity and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Co-sponsored by: OIED: Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, AARI: African Alliance of Rhode Island,Oasis International, BSA: Brown Student Agencies, The Africa Initiative (Watson Institutes), Brown Office of Global Engagement and Efiwe.

Humans of New York : Dr Sayida Self Explains the Importance of Self-love

 

Our cherished Vice President of the Board in charge of People &  Culture, Dr. Sayida Self was featured in a short video by Humans of New York. She made a very simple statement which we believe can trigger all of us in the educational community to consider self-love.

Dr. Sayida Self was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but raised and educated in Harlem, New York. She is graduate of Northwestern University and the City University Graduate Center. A cultural anthropologist, Dr.Self has worked as a gender advocate and researcher in the area or HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive justice. Dr. Self conducted her PhD fieldwork in South Africa and taught for a year at the University of Djibouti in East Africa. She has also worked as principal investigator for HIV/AIDS education, testing and prevention research projects in Brooklyn, serving Afro Latina and Afro Caribbean women. She is a former member of the NYC HIV Planning Council , has volunteered with the New York Doula Project, and served on the advisory board of the Caribbean Womens Health Association and the Dr. Betty Shabazz Health Center. Dr. Self is also a trained doula and reproductive health educator. A lecturer at Bronx Community College where she teaches courses in anthropology and sociology, Dr. Self specializes in African and African Diaspora studies, gender activism and social movements