As part of the activities of the International Day of Eradication of Poverty(IDEP) and the larger ‘Together we can End Child Poverty Campaign’; on 9th October, 2021; over 40 children, youth and adults from different faiths gathered at the physical hub of the The SDGs Academy for Children at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home, Limuru – Kenya for a pre launch tour of the Academy.
The Arigatou International (AI) SDGs Academy for Children is a safe space and programme for children to learn about the SDGs by providing children with simplified and easy to use multifaith learning tools on the SDGs that will enable them contribute towards ending child poverty, and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
With the aim of enabling young people to understand as well as interact with the Global Goals; participants who were divided into four age brackets (of ages 6 to 9, 10 to 13, 14 to 17 and adults) were treated to half-a-day of fun and learning activities. These included; fun games, quiz sessions and an inter-generational dialogue between children, Faith leaders and policy makers. The learning further involved the Learning To Live Together (LTLT) model, pioneered by Arigatou International – Ethics Education.
In addition, children were taken round the 5 hubs of The Academy; Knowledge, Dialogue, Innovations and Solutions, Capacity and Faith and Fun which represent the 5 P’s of the SDGs that is; People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. Through its children-oriented and virtual learning tools the Academy provided the participants with a space to explore their creativity on how they can actively be involved in achieving sustainable development.
Fred Nyabera, Director Arigatou International – End Child Poverty closed the learning tour by appreciating children’s creativity and enthusiasm about the Academy. He urged the children and accompanying adults to spread the message about The Academy to their peers and share the knowledge they had gained as well.