We are delighted to share a blog written by Naa Adjeley Anang-la, a student at Tema International School who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 800 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
The Giggles Project aims to change the world one smile at a time. This means that with everything we do, there should be such an impact that we change our society for the better. We plan to do this by creating an environment where everyone particularly children can have access to quality health care.
This project stemmed from our personal experiences in hospitals where we were being treated for various illness and we had to stay over, our experiences were not the best. I for one, left the hospital saying i was better than i actually was not giving time for me to completely heal. Our project was to create an environment in hospital, where the children could be comfortable while having access to quality health care.
We have therefore spent Christmas with children at the hospitals, had fun educative talks on health issues with parents and children. We have donated many items like fridge and dispensers. We plan to finally paint the children ward with bright colours to make the hospital seem less frightening.
I have developed the communication and social skills. I was able to interact to so many parents and children. This has encouraged me to speak up for the change i want to see and be more confident. One new thing i have learnt about myself is my joy comes from helping people around me.
My biggest challenge was managing my time as a boarder and trying to create time for this project in the mist of many activities. I plan to overcome those challenges by being more organised and planning ahead to prevent any hurdles.
The Next Chapter
I have come to realise the future of this world is in this next generation. I am the next generation and everything I do would affect the generations to come. GSL is not the last page for me. There is so much i can do to change the world, I plan to engage in more projects and advocate for issues in my local community. I would encourage others my age to be involved in such projects and my call to action for them is that they should not be bystanders but leaders of tomorrow.
The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.