Mahama Hibba from Ghana Shares Her Experience with The Scouts Against Covid19 and Campaign for Electoral Peace Project

Mahama Hibba from Ghana Shares Her Experience with The Scouts Against Covid19 and Campaign for Electoral Peace Project

I am Hibatu Mahama,a scout from Ghana,Northern region precisely. Ever since I started acouting as a
cub,I have engaged in countless activities both in and out of my region from which I gained different
experiences. But the project which I enjoyed most and at the same time really learnt a lot is a recent one
which was funded by the African Scout Foundation. The project is a sensitisation on the need for a peaceful
election and prevention of covid-19. I was very happy when I found myself in the Implementation Commitee. My happiness migrated to a different level when we were educated more about the project on our first meeting.we then planned our first activity which was an orientation for the implementation team. During the orientation and training I benefited a lot because we were educated on how to approach and also interact with the people from different walks of life when we go into the communities(interpersonal and intercultural communication), we were also educated on peacebuilding and how to maintain electoral peace as well us some education on all we needed to know about Covid19 and its preventive measures.From there we then started planning on our visits to the chosen communities. Being part of the Implementation committee was a very big achievement for me because I had the opprtunity to take part in a real planning of a project which was actually my first time. In the part of the world where I come from,women or girls for that matter are not usually given opportunities to take part in decision making so to be given such an opportunity, is a very great achievement for me and I will never forget it.

In the committee,members were assigned with roles which we all played very well. We met weekely to plan and make our decisions. We visited 24 rural communities and 600 houses in those communities. Some PPEs were also distributed to the rural folks. The people expressed their joy and appreciation towards us for remembering them in these crucial times and gave us their word to keep and practice all that we told them. I believe i inspired a lot of girls because during our visits to the communities, I encounted some girls who asked me questions about the project and how they could possibly join the association. With these experiences I believe I can plan and organize my own project which I will do soon and i hope throught this project to inspire more young girls and serve as a motivation for them to join scouting or to contribute to solving problems in their communities without seeing their gender us a barrier.

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Youth Engagement
Partnerships
Good Governance