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Drive to Inspire-Africa initiative spot-on says UN’s Charles Abani

Charles Abani said the UN considers education to be the single most important element that Africa needs to champion

The United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Ghana, Charles Abani says the Drive to Inspire – Africa initiative led by Nana Adjoa Hackman and her team is a perfect development because of its focus on developing the potential of people as well as its focus on partnerships which are in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal six (Education) and Goal seventeen, (Partnerships).

Delivering his remarks at a ceremony to officially launch the Drive to Inspire – Africa initiative which event also served as DTI-A’s first fundraising activity, at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, on Wednesday, 27 March 2024, under the theme: “Inspiring Minds, Empowering Youth, Transforming Africa,” Charles Abani said the UN considers education to be the single most important element that Africa needs to champion in order to achieve the development progress she deserves.

“There are six things that we have identified that are really at the core of transforming the African continent and key areas that those investments need to happen,” the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Ghana said.

“Food systems, energy systems, jobs, and social protection, issues around climate change and the triple planetary crisis, digitalisation, and the sixth one, nothing can happen without the sixth one and it is education. And so this is spot on in terms of the [DTI-A] initiative that is focusing on the key area of education,” Charles Abani said.

“The government of Ghana, (and they must never be left off the hook, it is your statutory responsibility to educate every Ghanaian), cannot achieve this without partnerships and the role of philanthropy is so important in creating that journey” Mr Abani added.

Greatest assets

Charles Abani in his remarks further noted that, Ghana’s greatest asset that can propel the country to be self-reliant in the not-so-distant future, lies in her people and investments in the country’s human capital is one that has the full endorsement of the UN.

“Ghana’s greatest asset lies in its people. Investing in their potential and empowerment is fundamental to [the UN’s] mission. By nurturing human capital, we pave the way for a self-reliant future, where every individual can contribute meaningfully to our nation’s prosperity and resilience, Charles Abani noted.

“As we strive to achieve our goals, partnerships play a pivotal role, particularly highlighted by SDG 17. Collaboration allows us to address critical challenges such as education and climate change effectively. Together, we can harness the collective power of diverse stakeholders to drive transformative impact and create a brighter future for all,” he further noted.

Quiet impact

The UN resident coordinator commended Nana Adjoa Hackman for quietly making impact in society and for being a change agent without the noise that mostly characterises the activities of people who even do much less compared to what she is doing.

Very often the people who make the biggest change aren’t the loudest people. So, let me congratulate you for being a powerhouse personally in the way that you actually deliver change without being noisy or loud about it,” Charles Abani remarked.

“We in the UN welcome this and we will work with you to find ways we can engage and [to identify the many agencies] such as UNICEF, UNESC, all of those working in this important space to be able to work with you formally as the United Nations” he remarked.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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