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Final Report

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT Event 16th and 17th October 2007, in Ghana and Bangladesh


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Young People We Care

Our Mission Our Vision Our Philosophy

What is STAND UP and SPEAK OUT? Why STAND UP and SPEAK OUT? The Millennium Development Goals STAND UP and SPEAK OUT events in Ghana and Bangladesh The Millenium Campaign Don’t fbe left out ... Stand up. Take Action 2008

Background

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Ghana Tamale, Northern Region

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The Christ for Rural Youth (CRY) Upper West, Wa Ashanti Region, Kumasi Great Accra, Accra Central Region, Cape Coast

Bangladesh Conclusions

Challenges faced Opportunities Lessons Learnt The Way Forward Acknowledgements

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Young People We Care (YPWC) Young People We Care (YPWC) is a registered youth-led, non-profit organization based in Ghana which is operated by university-aged young people. At YPWC we are passionate about sustainable development, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the promotion of a culture of peace and universal human rights for all. Our Mission is to educate and inform the youth on global issues, inspire them to take

action, encourage their participation in these issues, identify and build sustainable partnerships aimed at youth development, and to provide young people with the tools and resources for effective action.

Our Vision is to provide a ‘youthful voice’ that seeks to address the numerous challenges facing leaders of tomorrow, by effectively using young resourceful minds to influence the course of global policy formulation and development, in a consistent and harmonized manner.

Our Philosophy is that through informing, inspiring and engaging youth in learning

partnerships, they will be inspired to get involved and take action to improve their local communities and change the world. YPWC in this direction supports youth action, creates the platform for youth to translate what they have learnt, or desire to do, into action while at the same time involving youth in decision-making and key developmental and global issues.

YPWC is entirely run and operated by university-aged young people, called Youth Action Ambassadors (YAAs). They currently work as the volunteer staff of the organization and continue to remain the core leadership of Young People We Care (YPWC). Currently YAAs of YPWC can be found in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Spain, Sierra Leone, and the United States of America. In general, we educate young people, inspire and assist them to take action NOW, help design programs that empower youth and advise them on how to implement projects successfully. Additionally, we make sure that youth, or “youthful voices”, are present at debates or meetings on key issues of today’s global order which affect young people. We are committed to making an impact on the lives of young people and the world as a whole. By supporting YPWC, you join a team of young curious minds, working hard to make a positive difference within the world. We are trying to do something that will show to the world that young people have the power to change the world, if they are given sufficient support.



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Background What is STAND UP and SPEAK OUT? The STAND UP campaign is an exciting and innovative challenge, which is aimed at setting a Guinness World Record for the most number of people who will STAND UP against poverty and for the UN Millennium Development Goals. The event which took place within a 24-hour period from October 16th -17th 2007, was designed to coincide with the International Day of Poverty and White Band Day. The STAND UP campaign in 2006 was able to mobilize around 23.5 million people in more than 100 countries, who stood up against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals. In 2007 YPWC were announced to have been part of the STAND UP campaign. YPWC was among the many Civil Society Organizations that brought around 9050 young people, and other interested people, to be part of the STAND UP campaign thanks to the support that we received from our staff and Youth Action Ambassadors in Ghana and Bangladesh.

Why STAND UP and SPEAK OUT? The United Nations took a giant step at its Millennium Summit in 2000, which saw the drafting and signing of the eight Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Declaration was signed by 189 countries with the aim of realizing each goal by 2015.

The Millennium Development Goals 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Eradication of extreme hunger and poverty Achieved universal primary Education Promote Gender Equality and Empower women Reduce child mortality Improve maternal mortality Combat H I V |AIDS, Malaria and other diseases Ensured Environmental sustainability Develop a Global partnership for Development.

St Cecelia’s Primary School students being engaged in the STAND UP event.

The year 2007 marks the mid-way point to the target date. However, as indicated by UN reports, the interim goals have been missed. We will not achieve the goals laid out if we continue at the same rate. Many countries are seriously lagging behind in their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations has called for all countries to actively participate and recommit to the goals in order to ensure success. The United Nations can not do it alone as stated recently by the United Nation’s Executive Coordinator of the Millennium Campaign, Eveline Herfkens. She argues, “the degree to which commitments are kept depends largely on people outside of the UN system. The UN can create the platform, but only the citizens of those states can hold their governments accountable.”

STAND UP and SPEAK OUT events in Ghana and Bangladesh In Ghana, the event was hosted by Young People We Care, in collaboration with Simba Youth Club and the Evergreen club of Ghana, at four centers. The section that follows contains summaries of the activities organized in each region in Ghana and also in Bangladesh. The summaries have been compiled by YPWC based on reports that were received from the leaders at the various centers.

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The Millennium Campaign The Millennium Campaign informs, inspires and encourages people’s involvement and action for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals. An initiative of the United Nations, the Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their government to account for their promise to achieve the Goals by 2015.



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www.endpoverty2015.org Africa.millenniumcampaign@gmail.org


In the developed countries, the campaign is expected to focus on Goal 8 (Develop a global partnership for development) commitments. Specific commitments made by Heads of States of developed countries should be premised on meeting time-tabled commitments and not just focus on aid volumes and debt relief. Aid quality and effectiveness will be important indicators of progress. Breaking the impasse in the trade negotiations at the WTO, particularly on elimination of agricultural subsidies and market access for developing country goods and services are critical issues. The north should stop pushing through WTO agreements in bilateral trade agreements like Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Stand Up, Take Action 2008 will be held over a three day period from October 17th -19th, 2008. By starting on a Friday and ending on a Sunday, the Stand Up Take Action Campaign will give the mobilized people a chance to take part.

For further information on the campaign please go to www.standagainstpoverty.org/www.endpoverty2015.org

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Don’t be LEFT OUT…… Join the Campaign against Poverty and for the MDGs On October 17th, 2007, more than 43 million people all over the world stood up in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and spoke out against poverty and inequality. This act sent a clear and powerful message to governments reminding them of their pledge and promises to end poverty and achieve the MDGs. This year, UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC) invites you to once again Stand Up, Speak Out and more importantly Take Action as part of the growing global movement demanding that poverty and inequality be drastically reduced by 2015. We have gone past the halfway mark to 2015, the target date for achieving the MDGs. There has been some progress, but there is still a long way to go in some parts of Africa. We need to take action now. That is why this year we are focusing primarily on supporting country-specific actions in our priority countries and offer solidarity to other stakeholders and partners in the region and globally.

Scope of Actions The scope of actions is broad and depends on what is relevant for each national or local context. Groups will be expected to develop petitions, SMS campaign, phone calls to local government representatives, hold face to face meetings with parliamentarians, local and national leaders. The most important thing is that we Stand Up, Speak Out and Take Action. In developing countries, mobilization will be aimed at reminding governments to implement time-bound MDG-based national development strategies, plans and budgetary allocations; to improve MDG implementation and delivery mechanisms with a strong focus on poor and excluded groups particularly women; produce concrete plans to enhance domestic resource mobilization that will be earmarked for MDG achievement; create and implement plans for increased transparency, accountability and fighting corruption, more systematic and on-going monitoring and reporting of progress involving elected officials (Parliaments, local Governments etc.) and key stakeholders including the media, faith groups, citizens groups and civil society organizations. In the developed countries, the campaign is expected to focus on Goal 8 (Develop a global partnership for development) commitments. Specific commitments made by Heads of States of developed countries should be premised on meeting time-tabled commitments and not just focus on aid volumes and debt relief. Aid quality and effectiveness will be important indicators of progress. Breaking the impasse in the trade negotiations at the WTO, particularly on elimination of agricultural subsidies and market access for developing country goods and services are critical issues. The north should stop pushing through WTO agreements in bilateral trade agreements like Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).



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Stand Up, Take Action 2008 will be held over a three day period from October 17th - 19th, 2008. By starting on a Friday and ending on a Sunday, the Stand Up Take Action Campaign will give the mobilized people a chance to take part. For further information on the campaign please go to:

l www.standagainstpoverty.org l www.endpoverty2015.org

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GHANA Tamale Northern Region The Green Club, on the 17th October, organized a STAND UP event at the Tamale Dakpema M/A primary school to commemorate World Poverty Day. The Club was the only group in the Norther part of Ghana which stood up to speak out against poverty, thus adding their voice to thousands of people in over 100 countries who were doing the same for the Millennium Development Goals and to end poverty by 2015. The moment was observed between the hours of 7:00am and 8:30am at the school assembly ground. At that moment, there were 545 pupils and 15 teachers standing up to speak out against poverty. A pupil led the moment with an opening prayer for the success of the event. She also prayed for the soul of poverty to rest in peace, since poverty was bound to die after the stand up event. Mohammed Awal, the coordinator of the Club, then announced the STAND UP challenge to the participants, by reminding them of the promise World leaders, including Ghana, made seven years ago to eradicate poverty and extreme hunger and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. He also reminded the participants that, by standing up this day, we are reminding our leaders of their promises and are also joining thousands of people in over 100 countries who are doing same.

The pupils of Dag-Skoejamed Memorial Institute.

Mumin Yussif of Young people We Care and Awel Mohammed of Green Club engage students of Dakpema MA Primary School.

Stephen Acheampong a Project Officer of Young People We Care(YPWC)

Miss Zulaiha Yakubu, the General Secretary of the Green Club, then read the anti-poverty pledge whilst the pupils and their teachers, alongside the Green Club team, recited after her. She led the Standing up moment against poverty in a touching speech that called upon the government of Ghana, and the governments of other African Nations, to act on the promise they made to the world in 2000 when they signed the Millennium Declaration. After the pledge, a pupil of the school played a tune on poverty using a keyboard that carried a message across which said ‘poverty was ending, now and forever’. Mr. Mumin Yussif, a member of the team, then concluded the event by reminding the participants that, the STAND UP event was being observed globally and urged every person to continue to ‘STAND UP and SPEAK UP’ against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals in their own way, after the moment and beyond. The organising team of the event included Awal Yakubu, Zulaiha Yusif, Abdul Mumin, Ibrahim Jabir and Matthew Yosah.

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The Christ for Rural Youth (CRY) CRY, a ministry that develops rural youth for future leadership, observed a Stand Up Against Poverty event at Tamale Secondary School on the 17th of October, 2007. This event took place between 9:00 and 9:45 am and, while short, was informative and interesting. This Stand Up event was organised by Matthew Nyannube Yosah, a Youth Action Ambassador and president of the Christ for Rural Youth. He kicked off the event by reading out the Millennium Development Goals. Forty participants then took part in reading the pledge, which challenged those involved to support the Millennium Development Goals and to end poverty by 2015. Miss Dorothy Hamawoo, the secretary for Christ for Rural Youth, lead the group in the pledge by raising one hand up and declaring “No more excuse, end poverty now!” “End Poverty Now” hats were distributed to participants. A debate on the topic “Can poverty be eradicated by 2015”? was held. The overall conclusion was that, yes, it can, but only if governmental and non-governmental organisations support youth-led projects. Through funding and grants, unemployment can be reduced, thus decreasing the poverty rates, especially in rural areas. Opponents to this idea felt that high levels of corruption by world leaders with regards to selfish use of poverty funding would render the eradication of poverty impossible. Opponents felt that, unless world leaders took the 2015 mandate seriously, the rich would stay rich and the poor would stay poor.

St. Cecelia’s primary school pupils. Upper West

Dan-Ibu Primary School pupils STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT. Upper West

Thomas and his School mate.Organizers of the event in Upper West

Upper West, Wa “Having the STAND UP in Upper West was a very brilliant effort by YPWC. The region is rated among the poorest and the most deprived regions in Ghana” - Thomas Dannah. This year’s United Nations Millennium Campaign on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, which was observed in Wa by six schools, attracted a total number of 3,460 students to the event which was simultaneously observed around the world. The STAND UP event, which was observed from 7:45am, was spearheaded in the region by Thomas Dannah, a Community Development student at the University for Development Studies, Wa, saw a large number of students willing to say goodbye to poverty. At St. Cecelia’s Primary School, where the event started at the assembly grounds, the master on duty read out the pledge to the students. Again at lunch time Dan-Ibu Primary, a total of 466 students joined in the event and were happy to add their voices for the first time against poverty. At the Wa Senior High School, almost every individual within the compound joined the event at the dining hall, where the hall master read out the pledge. Thomas says that” I was surprised that at the tertiary level (polytechnic, training college and university) the majority of the participants had little knowledge of the Millennium Development Goals and requested that if awareness could be created in time, the event would attract more people.”

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Ashanti Region, Kumasi At 9:00am on Wednesday 17th October 2007, both students and teachers of Joy Standard School were poised for action against poverty and support for the Millennium Development Goals. This year’s STAND UP and SPEAK OUT campaign was organised by YPWC, a youth led Non-Governmental Organisation in Ghana. Three of its ambassadors led the group through the programme. First, the publicity director, Isaac Asiamah, enlightened the group on what YPWC is and their goals and visions. He said that YPWC stands for Young People We Care and that the group is made up of young intellectuals from various tertiary institutions. He also elucidated that YPWC is an advocate for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the STAND UP campaign against poverty. He further announced that YPWC is ready to take the bull by its horns. That is, the group is ready to tackle any difficulty faced by young people in a bold and direct manner. He finally urged members of the school to join hands with YPWC to throw cold water on poverty, youth unemployment, malaria, HIV/AIDS and other social vices facing Ghanaians and Africa as a whole. After this the secretary taught the group a soul-inspiring ‘STAND UP’ song. These are the words of the song:

Stand up and speak against poverty You have the power to speak your mind So stand up, let your voice be heard Kick out poverty, support the MDGs We can make it God is on our side We cannot fail We are destined to win Join us to stand up.

Salamatu Seidu, Secretary of YPWC, teaches the STAND UP song

The group fell in love with the song and agreed to spread it to other people. Next was a talk given by Augustus Okleme, Co-director Africa, YPWC. He took the students through an interesting interactive section on the Millennium Development Goals with Power Point slides and pictures. He told the students that whatever happened in the world concerned them also and that YPWC is aimed at getting young people interested in national and global issues. After giving them a brief history on how the Millennium Development Goals came about he took them through each goal, explaining to them why they should be interested and how it concerned them, especially with regards to goals 1 and 2. He gave them real-life stories of how poverty affects young people like them and why it is necessary for them to join with the rest of the world and speak against it. He commended the government of Ghana for the implementation of some aspects of goal 2. That is the FCUBE (Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education) and the school feeding programme. He was, however, quick to add that we should not relax until the government fulfils all of its promises regarding the 8 goals. To conclude on goal 2, he emphasised the point that the more illiterate the population, the poorer that nation is likely to be.

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Isaac Assiama, Publicity Officer for YPWC, then educated us on what STAND UP is and why we should STAND UP. He said that STAND UP was an exciting and innovative challenge aimed at setting an official Guinness World Record for the most number of people ever to STAND UP against poverty. He added that the targeted number of people expected to Stand Up was 10,000 but by 18th October when Guinness announced the verified result, over 23.5 million people in more than 80 countries across the world had stood up. He remarked that there was the need to Stand Up because everyday millions of people die of hunger worldwide. The STAND UP pledge was read by Miss Mavis Owusu Kwarteng, Girls Prefect of Joy Standard School as all the participants stood. The programme ended with an interactive section during which the participants were asked about the Millennium Development Goals and the STAND UP event. Augustus Okleme, Vice President for Africa YPWC gives a Powerpoint presentation

Great Accra, Accra YPWC, in partnership with Samba Friends, observed the STAND UP against Poverty event in Accra. The programme which started from the campus of Action Progressive Institute situated at Madina in Accra began at exactly 2:30 GMT, the programme started with a prayer by Mrs. Sekeena Bonsu the Chairperson and National Director of Ever Green, a Non-Governmental Organization. Afterwards, was a welcome address by one of the teachers named Mr. Rendell Scott. Mr. Prince Paa-Kwesi Heto, the Millennium Development Goals Team Leader outlined the eight goals. He later gave a lecture on poverty which was very touching and was well accepted by the students. Later in the programme, Ms. Dinah Addi, the Girls Senior Prefect read the STAND UP Pledge which signifies the support of the students to ensure that the world leaders fulfil their promises before 2015.

Assiama, Publicity Officer for YPWC, speaks on the STAND UP Event

There was a declaration on behalf of YPWC and it was read by the Student Librarian Ms. Francesca Dzifa. There was also a solidarity message from the Chairperson, Mrs. Sekeena Bonsu. She encouraged the students not to play with their studies but to be well focused in their lives, for the best investment their parents can give them is education. She further told them that the day was being well observed throughout the globe and that they should do their best to help fight for the eradication of poverty, and its related issues, to enable the world to be violence-free for all. 1500 students stood for the headcount against poverty signifying the zeal and willingness of the students to help fight poverty and other goals. The programme came to an end at exactly 4: 30 GMT and a prayer was said by the Boys Senior Prefect Mr. John Adofo whilst the Master of Ceremony was Master Ishmael Barfi, the Liaison Team Leader of YPWC. Augustus Okleme (Vice President), Salamatu Seidu (Secretary)

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Central Region, Cape Coast In the Central Region the event, which took place at the University of Cape Coast and Aggrey Memorial AME Zion School, was marked with great enthusiasm among the students. At the University of Cape Coast, Michael Boampong took the opportunity of getting his hostel-mates involved in the STAND UP event before leaving for the major event at Aggrey Memorial AME Zion School. About 15 students at the hostel were part of this event. It was a great opportunity for some people of the hostel to learn about the UN Millennium Development Goals. About 90% of these people had not heard of the goals or of action projects that will help in the realization of the Goals. One would wonder why university students are not even aware of the Millennium Development Goals but unfortunately, it is a true fact. Michael and Godwin in their messages commended the Government of Ghana for his sound policies and programmes that are geared towards the realization of the MDGs but implored him to do more. Immediately after the event at the University of Cape Coast, steps were taken to get Aggrey Memorial AME Zion School to join the members of Simba Youth Club (SYC). Michael Boampong introduces the STAND UP event to the students and gave a brief talk on the “Millennium Development Goals and Youth Participation”. Godwin Yidana also gave a brief illustration of the STAND UP pledge. The President of the Simba Youth Club then read the pledge, adding his own flair with regards to the local message. The local message by the announcer “2015…Yetu Hea ase”, which means “We are stamping out poverty from our world” was said with much enthusiasm. Students were thrilled to be a part of a global event and suggested that, in the future, the event should include the option of a community service project such as planting a tree.

Student of Aggrey Memorial Zion School,Cape Coast, Ghana

Kyei Boampong a student of the University of Cape Coast in an action for the MDGs and against pverty

Students of University of Cape Coast show a sign against poverty and for the MDGs

Nkawkaw Stephen Acheampong a Project Officer of Young People We Care (YPWC) organized the STAND UP and SPEAK OUT event at Nkawkaw.He spent time with the pupils of Dag-Skoejamed Memorial Institute in explaining to them the MDGs and why the should be involved. At the end of event he could count about 550 young people and their teachers who were part of his local event. His event was made more colourful with the materials that he had from the UN Millennium Campaign.

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BANGLADESH On 17 October, 2007, a STAND UP event was hosted in Bangladesh. It was organised by the Bangladesh Associations of Young Researchers (BAYR) in collaboration with the Young People We Care (YPWC) Bangladesh office. Due to the emergency state in Bangladesh and the prohibition of public gatherings, the event took the form of a ‘door-to-door event’, as people were recruited from their homes and shops to STAND UP against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals. Copies of the logo were given out to all participants.

Participants of the STAND UP door-to-door event in Bangladesh

In total around 50 houses, 25 shops and 315 people participated in the event. People from all walks of life were included – rickshaw pullers, housewives, shop owners, barbers, students and business men. The convener of the event was Nafiz Zaman Shuva, President of BAYR, and the joint convener was Musleh Uddin Sadi.

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Conclusions Challenges Faced As we joined hands with millions of voices standing in solidarity to say “no more excuse –end poverty now”, it was an inspiring moment but challenges did arise. Reports from our Youth Action Ambassadors and the leaders of the teams at the various centers indicated that:

l There was little to no funding for some of the events which nearly rendered the event unsuccessful. Some events were nearly rendered unsuccessful due to lack of funding.

l In some cases, materials for events arrived very late, in some cases only arriving on the day of the event. l The few materials that were dispatched to the representatives for their local event brought confusion as to who should be given one and who should be denied. l Lack of transportation is a sever barrier to youth wanting to help youth in the most deprived areas where the issues of poverty and discrimination are heavily felt, particularly due to lack of transportation. l As most of the staff of YPWC are university students, volunteers were forced to miss the events due to educational obligations, putting pressure on those who did participate.

The Headmaster of Joy Standard School (Middle), and a Teacher(left) join Augustus Okleme, Salamatu Seidu and Isaac Assiama in the Stand Up event, Ashanti Region - Kumasi

The pupils of Dag-Skoejamed Memorial Institute,Nkawkwa.Ghana in an action against poverty and for the MDGs

Augustus Okleme(Left) and Isaac Assiama, Stand up with students and Teachers of Joy Standard School in Ahsanti Region

Opportunities Despite all the challenges that came our way, there were many positive outcomes namely that we had a successful STAND UP and SPEAK OUT event at the various centers. Our event attracted significantly more participant that we expected. Some of the schools involved in the STAND UP event signed up to have an action oriented MDG club formed within their school so students would be able to have more time to learn and undertake an action to address some specific MDGs. Finally, this event has created strong relationships between YPWC, learning institutions and the media houses in Ghana. Thanks to the good work from the Media Task Team and the MDGs Task Team of Young People We Care (YPWC). The event brought to light the fact that the poor and marginalized can take independent holistic action for a course if they are given the needed push by way of knowledge and resources. The STAND UP created a common avenue for hundreds of Ghanaian youths who have, over the years, been relegated to the sidelines of issues of national and international policy concerns to mass out in their numbers and support a global cause that affects their everyday lives. This is an indication that the youth of this country are not in any mood to entertain any excuses from our political leaders for failure as far as meeting MDGs by 2015 is concern.

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Lessons Learnt

The 2007 STAND UP and SPEAK OUT event created an opportunity for the YPWC campaign to discover that:

l Most of the youth are still not aware of the MDGs, despite the fact that in 2007 we marked the midpoint of these goals.

l Once young people are made aware of issues like poverty and its effects on their community they will undertake enthusiastic action to address such kind of challenges.

Dakpeme primary pipils in a pose

with the organisers of the stand up moment, Tamale - Northern Region

The Way Forward YPWC will collaborate with relevant institutions and organization to:

l Continue the STAND UP event as one of our main advocacy programmes till 2015.

l Organize action-oriented STAND UP events, where youth learn about the MDGs and undertake action to address a specific MDG.

l Get MDGs clubs formed in the interested schools with support from YPWC and other interested institutions and bodies.

l Get policy makers to be part of such events.

l Get effective teams in the most deprived areas in Ghana to be part of the MDGs Campaign and action, to make it a reality.

l Recruit and train Young MDGs Monitoring Team to monitor government development Policies/programmes.

Acknowledgements Our sincere gratitude goes to all the Executive members, Youth Action Ambassadors and the volunteer members of Young People We Care (YWPC) for their tireless effort in making the “STAND UP…SPEAK OUT” event a reality. Despite the fact that they were at school and some had quizzes to write during this period, most of them worked hard by sparing part of their study time and pocket money for the event. The good thing is that all their sacrifices were worth the sweat! We also thank the Rev. Albert Kwabi of All Africa Conference of Churches Secretariat in Ghana, Tasneem of CAMPE in Bangladesh for sending some Youth Action Ambassadors of YPWC some additional materials despite their limitations. Additionally we would like to mention Joe Cressy of Civicus, Amil Husain of UN Millennium Campaign Office USA, Kenneth Nana Amoateng of GCAP Ghana and Irene de Vette from the United Nations Millennium Campaign, for the advice and directions they all gave us. Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda Odhiambo, Sylvia Mwichuli, all of the UN Millennium Campaign Office in Kenya, for their response to all the requests for materials which were made.

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Prepared by: Michael Boampong Stephen Gyasi jnr. Godwin Yidana

Edited by: Rebecca Lacey Hamida Rehman Colin Machado Meaghan Frauts Laura Pentelbury

Design by: www.kuljitjutla.com

Organised by: Young People We Care (YPWC) in collaboration with Simba Youth Club Evergreen Club of Ghana and Bangladesh Association of Young Researcher

This publication is based on the reports and inputs of: Mohammed Awel Godwin Yidana Prince Heto Ishmael Barfi Matthew Yosah Nafiz Zaman Shuva Stephen K. Acheampong Augustus Okleme Yussif Abdul-Mumin Issac Asiamah Salamatu Seidu and Stephen Gyasi Jnr.

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