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Seeing the tweet from my tweep @GanyobiOko sent me down memory lane, I recall experiences of me volunteering long long ago – how time flies… I started volunteering when I was a child- the impact though small was worth it because it was and has always been a win-win. Church, School and NGO’s – including Blogging Ghana have all giving room for me to be part of a process that engaged, exposed me to issues worth addressing, educated, entertained, groomed me and helped grow my colleagues, friends and networks. Reciting memory verses, reading and quoting from the Bible? Joining the junior choir; moving to youth choir when I left Sunday school and being part of the Church choir was amazing. The drama and dance club in primary school; debating and joining the school choir at junior secondary school too offered opportunities to shape my public speaking and skill of self-confidence. I served as class captain for two years and handed over because I had received a higher calling- Assistant Boys Prefect, my leadership and organizational skills were put to test, extra groomed for life and the world of work.
My association with the Curious Minds Ghana – “Children and Youth in Broadcasting” strengthened and built my intellect even more on broad issues of self, community, national and global development, I am indeed grateful to our Coordinator Mr. Kingsley Obeng Kyere and fellow colleagues especially the GEMS team for the positive peer-effect that has transformed and inspired others like myself- in and out of the organization. I owned a copy of Ghana’s Children’s Act 560- given to me by my Auntie, renowned broadcaster Mama Araba Otsuwaa – all I knew in there that made some sense then was who a child is. Listening to “unique curious minds” that aired and keeps airing on Uniiq 95.7 MHz and was wowed by my age-mates and even younger ones talking about rights and marrying them with responsibilities, quoting from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other legal frameworks Ghana had embraced to ensure the best for its future today. My good friend Rudolph Tulasi who was a member, took me to one of their meetings, I enjoyed every bit of the discussions- BIG TALK! It didn’t end there oo… it followed with a BIG WALK! Imagine me in the Uniiq FM studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC), advocating with a team on radio for better conditions for young people in Ghana…
Will tell you more about the “CMExpereince” in another blog post! In short I have transitioned from member, to advocating actively and contributing to policy and analyzing them in Ghana and abroad, to assisting in production, manning the console during live sessions at Obonu and Uniiq FM, collating views across the globe and managing social media platforms, organizing in school chapter sessions, acquiring journalism and basic communication skills on the job, representing the organization at meetings and on other bigger networks- home and away from home, I DIDN’T PAY A PESEWA. All these and many more for VOLUNTEERING, staying committed to the cause and learning from all encounters- both good and bad… oh yes, it hasn’t been all glowing – I just didn’t let the intimidations get me down- we are all partners in the development process, we all have something to offer- no matter how small, it all adds to the “world we want”. If many young people see volunteering as I have- we’d solve many challenges in many sectors of our economy, volunteering to teach will sharpen your skills as a teacher- the community and students benefit too… contributing to growing Ghana’s human resource. In farming- you will contribute to feeding plenty mouths and acquiring skills to start your own agri-business. I am communicating well with you now because of my volunteering background! Note- time spent volunteering is never wasted, why? You touch lives, contribute to development – and improve yours too… don’t worry about cash- it will come in due time. So “No Financial Gain? – No Pain” “The best way to learn on the job is to volunteer- FREE work experience”.