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LEAD Resources Collaborates with Ogun Tech Hub to Conduct SDGs Solutions Convergence

SDGs Solutions Convergence is a programme adopted by Ogun State Bureau of Information Technology, in collaboration with LEAD Resources, to train Civil Servants from various Ministries on how to identify problems, and proffer and implement relevant solutions in their Ministries.

Two editions of the SDGs Solutions Convergence have been facilitated by LEAD Resources at Ogun Tech Hub. The Solutions Convergences covered an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, the application of Design Thinking in Problem Solving, and the need to leverage emerging technologies to generate relevant solutions.

Last week, a dry run of the previous Solutions Convergence was facilitated by LEAD Resources at Ogun Tech Hub. This was done to equip the staff of the Bureau of Information Technology (BIT) with the knowledge required to conduct a Solutions Convergence for the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor General’s Office. Simply put, the dry run was aimed at “training the trainers.”

Facilitator (Marcellus Nwankwo) and Participants of the SDGs Solutions Convergence Dry Run at Ogun Tech Hub

The dry run held for two days. On the first day, the participants of the dry run were reminded of what they were taught in the previous Solutions Convergence. They were given extra materials and tips for effective training. They were also taught how to carry participants along when conducting their Solutions Convergence for the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor General’s Office.

On the second day, the participants of the dry run were divided into three teams to conduct a test Solutions Convergence by themselves. By so doing, the areas for improvements were spotted for corrections. At the end of the dry run, the participants saw the need to put more effort into preparing for the Solutions Convergence for maximum output and solutions generation.

Participants of the SDGs Solutions Convergence Dry Run at Ogun Tech Hub

At LEAD Resources, we pride ourselves as solutions architects that seek to contribute to the achievement of the Global Goals by proactively identifying opportunities, stimulating innovations, and generating solutions to problems/challenges in our polity.

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AUTHOR

Oluwatobiloba Dairo is an Associate Solutions Architect at LEAD Resources, where she is exploring a rapid Knowledge Acquisition path, building digitized competencies relevant for Career Development, and stimulating solutions for individuals, organizations, and the Government. She is a graduate of Mathematics and an advocate of women in Leadership. She is interested in Financial and Data Analysis.

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Human Capital Development

The Roles of Youths in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Recent estimates for global poverty show that 689 million people in the world live on $1.90 per day (in extreme poverty). According to United Nations, 59 million children in sub-Saharan Africa work instead of going to school. Recently, Nigeria was declared as the poverty capital of the world with the major reason being endemic corruption. Apparently, many of our fellow humans live in abject poverty, polluted environments and fear of loss of life and property. For these causes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by United Nations in September 2015 to end extreme poverty, protect the planet and guarantee the security of lives and property by 2030.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, refer to the 17-point agenda of United Nations to recreate a world where the basic needs of the present generations are met without compromising the needs of the future generations. 88% of African countries have fully accepted the SDGs while 76% of countries have launched a formal process of actualizing it. According to the SDGs dashboard, Nigeria ranks 43rd in Africa and 160th in the world in implementing the SDGs. This ought not to be so seeing as the nation has the largest economy in Africa. However, there is hope for the nation if she can harness her most abundant and powerful resource – youths!

Nigeria is home to one of the largest populations of youths in the world today. The median age of Nigerians is 17.9 years. This means that most of the population are physically strong and mentally malleable, that is, open to new ideas, methods and processes. The Nigerian youths can play a significant role in the implementation of the global goals as well as holding their government accountable. As leaders of tomorrow, it is pivotal that youths are informed and engaged with the global vision for the future. They can lead Nigeria into development if their talents are honed and their minds are sharpened. Leaving young people out of development would be detrimental because, over the next 15 years, youths will not only experience the outcome (or lack of one) of SDGs but will also be the drivers for the successful implementation of the SDGs. 

Youths are the torchbearers of the 2030 Global Goals for multiple reasons. One. Youths are critical thinkers. Because of their inquisitiveness and strength, they have the capacity to identify systemic flaws and challenge the status quo. Two. Youths are change-makers. They can mobilize people for causes they believe in. Youth activism is trending in the world today. A timeless example is the organized protests of Nigerian youths to #EndPoliceBrutality and #EndSARSNow! Their voices were raised for the wellbeing of the present and future generations.

Three. Youths are creative about communicating their ideas. This is bolstered by broader connectivity through social media. Imagine how they can partner in communicating the global goals to their peers, communities and nations? Four. Youths bring a fresh perspective to solving problems. They are in tune with now-issues. Five. Youth-led networks also contribute to the development of civic leadership skills among young people, especially marginalized youths. These are a few reasons why youths are germane channels to achieve the SDGs.

So, how can a youth get involved in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

  • Get engaged in local politics: When young people participate in local politics, they raise awareness of problems that are beyond the scope of the older generation. They also learn from the mistakes of their predecessors and develop leadership patterns for the new age. It helps them develop a heart for the people. After all, the youths are Not Too Young To Run.
  • Get involved in peace-keeping missions and NGOs: The engagement of youths in community development projects enlightens their understanding of underlying issues in their polity. This helps them develop empathy and competencies that are required to pursue goals that are bigger than themselves.

The youths are the greatest treasure of the land. Without harnessing the value within them, it is safe to conclude that sustainable development cannot be actualized. Therefore, youths are encouraged to actively advocate for the implementation of the SDGs and get involved in organizations which actively strive towards making the world a better place. Taking on such responsibilities polishes character, increases competencies, develops a nation and preserves the wellbeing of the present and future generations. Everybody most definitely wins!

Credit: United Nations, Nigerian Youth SDGs