Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
The aim for this idea is to aid end hunger and find a lasting solution to sanitation issues and inculcate environmental consciousness into people. Advocacy plays a pivotal role considering sanitation as the focal point. Through awareness creation, people would become abreast with the dangers associated with poor sanitation practices. I believe it has to do with attitudinal change, because it is people that render the environment unsafe for habitation. If people are thoroughly educated about sanitation, they will be more conscious and abstain from poor sanitation practices. Techniques to be employed in the advocacy entails organising of conferences, workshops and visiting of schools, churches, mosques, institutions and forming of sanitation youth clubs in schools and within communities with effective monitoring. Frequent clearn up exercises would be conducted to give a practical impression and inculcate into people the zeal to keep our environment clean and safe. We are now living in a global village due to advancement in technology, so using television, radio and various social media platforms will greatly help to propagate the good news about sanitation. I would ensure that refuse are dumped at appropriate places and our sanitation laws enforced by holding responsible authorities accountable. Waste products should be dumped in labeled containers to make collection for recycling easy and convenient. For example, plastic wastes should be dumped in a separate container or at a separate dumping site and that of metallic wastes at different place. With regards to addressing hunger, I will facilitate the establishment of institutional farms and educate people on the best farming practices such as use of agricultural technological devices, fertilizer application, post harvest management, weather, livestock management, disease control, record keeping and marketing. This would improve productivity and fight against hunger.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This laudable initiative is to help enhance the environment and end hunger. With the aid of this idea, the environment and all that it entails would greatly be impacted positively. Poor sanitation does not only affect human beings but it goes a long way to affect other living and non living things as well, both on land and inside water. This initiative if implemented of which am hopeful will make people to be mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally fit to engage in other relevant activities that would holistically enhance the world and its inhabitants. The Sustainable development goals cannot be attained if we undermine the relevance of goal two and goal six which talks about zero hunger and sanitation respectively. It is the responsibility of all to collaborate towards the attainment of the global goals, but for the purpose of specificity, the youth are major stakeholders in executing this idea. This is due to the fact that, we the youth are the majority of the populace. So harnessing the skills and energies of youth in the right direction would bring a sustainable development and desired results. This initiative is targeted at obtaining positive change so accountability and responsibility is crucial. Continuous supervision, monitoring, consultant, report writing on activities and discussions on the way forward are some of the pragmatic measures that would be adopted to attain a clean environment and end hunger.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
With regards to implementation and sustainability of this initiative, positive change which aims to bring a sustainable development that would last forever. In this perspective, considering result oriented advocacy, there would be daily education on social media platforms, twice in every week a conference or workshop on improving sanitation and ending hunger would be conducted. Once in every two months education on radio and television stations would also be conducted and a regular clean up exercise at least once in a month. In addition, monthly report on activities would be done on sanitation and institutional farms in order to keep us informed and it will help in performance evaluation. The report would inform us if any other strategic approach should be included to enhance out put and positive results. Financial support would primarily come from me because am very determined to bring an end to poor sanitation practices and hunger, but moving forward due to the extensive nature of the idea considering its mission and vision, I will as well solicit financial aid from donors, sponsorship from individuals, institutions, NGOs and the government for the purpose of sustainability. I believe fund can also be generated from the recycling of waste products and the produce from agricultural activities can be sold and part of the income use to financially support the continuation and expansion of this laudable initiative. I believe in the spirit of team work. As goal 17 of the SDG's clearly states, partnership for the goals. I would solicit and collaboratively work with religious leaders, youth clubs, schools, experts in sanitation management, agricultural officers, the government and all towards effective and efficient implementation of this initiative to the benefit of all. Positive Change.
I am Twenty Three (23) years of age, a proud Ghanian from the Volta Regional capital Ho. I speak, write and read English and Ewe language excellently and am a graduate of Ho Technical University where I obtained HND in Secretaryship and Management Studies (second class upper). I worked at Sogakope district hospital and Hohoe municipal hospital as an intern. I did my national service at Akwapim South district health directorate Aburi, and I currently work at Kwahu South district assembly at the department of Agriculture as a NABCO trainee. I am passionate about making the world a better place and am a lover of the environment. Francis Lomotey Korsi is a determined young man who works as an active team player, a good leader and approaches situations with enthusiasm. I am the winner of the 2017 SDG's youth essay competition organized by Youth Empowerment Synergy with support of UNDP in Ghana. I participated in the 2018 Goi Peace Foundation International essay competition. I also participated in the 2019 Global Peace builders consultation organised by Peace Direct and United Network For Young Peace Builders, 2019. I like writing, reading, playing football and traveling. I am a problem solver, a lover of environment, youth advocate and a social entrepreneur.