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GECCC to address unemployment, poverty through green conference

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The GAYO Eco-Club Campus Chapters (GECCC) has taken grand steps to address critical global issues of unemployment, poverty, and environmental challenges through a green entrepreneurship conference.

The Developing Youth Ecopreneurs Conference (DYEC) anchored by the GECCC has engendered innovations from young people in Ghana to take action in addressing climate change concerns through entrepreneurship.

The event served as a powerful and transformative platform where young people from Ghana and other countries showcased their innovative projects aimed at solving some of the pressing concerns of climate change.

It offered the young people an opportunity to build networks, foster collaborations, and generate solutions for a sustainable future.

The conference, DYEC 2023 – was in collaboration with Empowerment WORKS Inc., Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) and 10 Billion Strong – and it saw the active participation of 400 individuals in-person, engaging in influential keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive sessions.

Addressing the conference, Nana Minta Asiedu Ampadu-Minta, Education & Eco-Club Coordinator with GAYO, said “In the realm of ecopreneurship, it is evident that we reside in a swiftly transforming world, where the intricacies of challenges grow ever more profound. To combat these issues, we must seek groundbreaking resolutions.

“Global dialogues have underscored the prominent role of young leaders in pioneering inventive answers. As drivers of change, we play a vital part in shaping our nation’s environmental leadership. Within this inclusive sphere, we acknowledge and embrace the unique abilities each individual brings, forging a cohesive platform where diverse perspectives converge to thrive through networking.”

Meanwhile, the Co-Founder and Club Manager of the GECCC, Betty Osei Bonsu said the success of the DYEC 2023 is just the beginning and that more was yet to follow.

“To build on this achievement, the GAYO Eco-Club recognizes the importance of ongoing support, mentorship, and resources for the awarded projects. The club remains committed to fostering collaboration with local and international organizations, ensuring the sustainability of the conference as an annual fixture,” she added.

Ghana, like many regions, faces pressing environmental challenges and the negative impacts on ecosystems and resources require urgent action and innovative solutions.

In response to this pressing need, the GECCC, comprising 11 university chapters across 10 regions in Ghana, launched the DYEC aimed to build capacity, facilitate engagement, and inspire innovative solutions to address environmental issues within local communities.

The DYEC 2023, funded by the U.S. Embassy Ghana and GAYO, offered youth environmental leaders a unique platform to present their innovative projects to compete for financial support to help turn their ideas into reality and to make tangible impacts on their communities.

Demonstrating SDG 17 which called for partnership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the conference featured 20 other associations and organizations, including: Eco-Warriors, Pan African Youth Union, World Inspiring Network, SESA Recycling, Baobab Entrepreneur, B. Inspired with Stories from Africa, Love Aid Foundation, Youth Alliance for Sustainability, Marine and Fisheries Sciences Students’ Association, and University of Ghana Association of Psychology Students.

The rest were: The Botany Society, Nutrition and Food Science Students’ Association, Ghana Biochemistry Students’ Association, Animal Biology and Conservation Science Students’ Association, International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences, Actuarial Science and Statistics Students Society, Geography and Resource Development Students’ Association, Earth Science Students Association, Asaase Yaa & Friends Network, Premium Protocol, and First KHING Multi-media.

In all, four projects, namely Clean Coal Team, Re-Eco12 Team, Bee-Live Smart Team, and Mush Mill Team, were each awarded US$1,000 in cash to kick start their initiatives.

The DYEC 2023 showcased the immense potential of young individuals in driving positive change and has paved the way for a brighter and more environmentally responsible tomorrow. By inspiring action, fostering collaboration, and generating innovative ideas, the conference has set a powerful precedent for future endeavours.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. We (the youth) need to break down the walls of individualism and come together to build a strong chamber of collaboration, supporting one another towards sustainability and economic growth. In the realm of green businesses, the power of network cannot be underestimated.

  2. We (the youth) need to break down the walls of individualism and come together to build a strong chamber of collaboration, supporting one another towards sustainability and economic growth. In the realm of green businesses, the power of network cannot be underestimated.

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