Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Policy-makers trip to Ghana

NGO Mondo organised a combined policy-makers study trip and educators award trip to Ghana in March 16-26. The participants included Kaili Terras: Head of Development Cooperation Bureau, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Enn Põlluaas, Member of Estonian Parliament; Bianca Mikovitš, journalist from Maaleht; Viktoria Rudenko, teacher from Pae gymnasium, winner of "School World-day" competition; and Margit Saal, gymnasium student from Otepää gymnasium, winner of student essay competition.
Visiting a cocoa farm in Kumasi

Meeting the Nabdam District administration

The aim of the trip was to get an understanding about the opportunities and constraints for development in an sub-Saharan country and to see how EU and Estonian development cooperation works in practice. During one week the participants had the chance to visit the EC Delegation in Ghana, a cocoa plantation and Kuapa Kokoo fair trade cooperative, Kumasi market as well as Mondo's development cooperation work in Northern Ghana. Mondo has worked for the past 6 years in Nabdam district in Upper-East region close to Burkina Faso border which is the poorest part of the country - lately affected also by desertification caused by climate change. The activities in the community include educational support to primary and secondary students, school linking between schools, income generating activities for women and support to schools and health centres. Estonian teachers, nurses, midwives and designers have served as volunteers in the region. The group had the chance of visiting the District administration, schools, local homes and women's cooperatives. At the same time there was also a film crew from ERR filming a documentary about the shea butter and basket makers cooperatives that Mondo helped to set up recently. The documentary will come out in the autumn.

After the trip the participants have been active in speaking and writing about their experiences in both social and traditional media. A Ghana evening was also organised at Mondo on 22 April to discuss the results of the study trip and Mondo's activities in Ghana.

Hon. MP Henn Põlluaas learning basket weaving

Teacher Viktoria Rudenko giving a class in Kongo JHS

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