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SDGs4Universities: 103 Students commit to drive the Global Goals in Nigeria

By Seyifunmi Adebote

Students of the Federal College of Education, Zaria in Kaduna State have made stronger commitments to drive the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria. 103 students who participated at the SDGs4Universities workshop organized by the International Climate Change Development Initiative in October 2019 now see themselves as central players in issues of national and global development.

Opening the workshop, the Provost of the Federal College of Education, Zaria, Dr.A. A. Ladan represented by the Dean Student Affairs, Dr. A. S. Ujata emphasized on the importance of having young people as the backbone of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

He said: “You (students) have the strategic opportunity, enthusiasm, doggedness to make a contribution.

“Either way, you look at it, here in Kaduna State, young people are directly connected to at least five of the seventeen global goals. You must be aware that the realization of these goals is largely dependent on young people.”

Dr. Ujata on behalf of the Federal College of Education expressed his gratitude to the facilitators and particularly the host organization, the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) for considering selected students of the institution to benefit from the workshop.

He also made a commitment that the institution will support the students on how they can practically localize actions towards driving the SDGs in the school and in the local communities.

During a panel discussion moderated by Miss. Sakinat Bello, facilitators shared tips on how students can localize actions putting in perspective religious, cultural and customary specifics while trying to achieve the global framework of the SDGs.

Miss Mary Ofure Marcus and Mr. Isah Kabir Ringim iterated how Nigeria is leveraging her passionate youth population to innovatively drive the success of the SDGs.

Another facilitator, Umar Saleh Anka stated that education is the backbone of innovation and without education, there is no room for innovation. On his part, Valentine Idaewor stressed the need for unity, peace, justice and strong institutions and also partnerships for the goals.

The SDGs4Universities workshop is a project by the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) that has been taking the knowledge of the SDGs to various tertiary institutions across the country.

The workshop came to an end with the establishment of the FCE, Zaria SDGs Club in the institution. This is the 7th SDGs4Universities workshop in Nigeria and the second in the North-West region of Nigeria, it was facilitated by Umar Farouk and Ibrahim Muhammad Shamsuddin.”

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