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Seeds of Hope Exhibition Attracts Crowds in Ghana

Source: SGI Peace News, Promoting a Culture of Peace
Soka Gakkai International (SGI), November 2018 (Vol. 25)

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Accra, Ghana, 13-14 October 2018

The Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change exhibition was shown at the Accra International Conference Center on 13 and 14 October 2018. More than 15,000 people viewed the exhibition, jointly created by SGI and Earth Charter International, over the two days and over 10,000 of them were students from 200 schools.

The showing was organized by SGI-Ghana youth, and youth representatives were present to introduce the panels to visitors.

The opening ceremony on 13 October was attended by Professor Ivan Addae Mensah, former vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana, Mrs. Beatrice Okai (widow of Professor Atukwei Okai, secretary-general of the Pan African Writers’ Association), and King of Osu Traditional Area, President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs and member of the National House of Chiefs, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI.

After a welcome from SGI-Ghana General Director Mr. D.K. Sintim-Aboagye, the daughters of the late Professor Atukwei Okai presented a poem in the form of a chant from his writings for children, in appreciation of the friendship between their father and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.

A message from the SGI president was then read, encouraging viewers to take action now if they wish to achieve something.

President of Ghana H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor’s message was also read, in which he expressed his admiration for the enthusiasm with which the youth of Soka University sang the Ghanaian song “Yen Ara Asaase Ni” when he met with SGI President Ikeda in Tokyo. He encouraged all Ghanaians, using the same energy, to make positive contributions toward the sustainable development of the country.

The brass band of the Young Executive School in the central region then played the same song, followed by cultural performances from some of the invited schools.

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Those viewing the exhibition were given stickers to express their determination toward environmental sustainability. The following determinations were written by the youth: “I promise I will help a friend,” “I promise to not discriminate against people” and “I promise to help old people.”




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“Seeds of Hope” exhibition in Ghana and Paris

“Seeds of Hope” exhibition, inspired by the Earth Charter and produced by SGI International, was presented in two events between March and May 2017: at the University of Ghana in Legon and in the Soka Cultural Association in Paris.


Guest post By: Dolittle Kwaku Sintim-Aboagye – General Director, Soka Gakkai International  Ghana

Miss Afra Foli, Earth Charter Representative delivering her speechSGI Ghana conducted the “Seeds of Hope” exhibition at the University of Ghana, Legon on 18th and 19th March, 2017.

Delivering the welcome address at the opening ceremony, Nana Frema Boaitey-Azu of SGI-Ghana, introduced the exhibition as a joint initiative of Soka Gakkai International and Earth Charter International. She indicated that the exhibition uses the “Learn, Reflect and Empower” formula outlined in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development, which is a tool for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

His Excellency Tirso Dos Santos – Country Director of UNESCO- Ghana, Miss Afra Foli, representative from Earth Charter International, Professor Atukwei Okai, Secretary General of Pan African Writers’ Association (PAWA) and Dahveed Nelson representative from African Hebrew Israelite of Jerusalem delivered Key note addresses.

DSC_0351Recognizing the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) as a key partner in managing the environment and ensuring sustainability, the Ghana Country Director of UNESCO pledged the support of UNESCO in working with SGI-Ghana to promote environmental and sustainable development.  He concluded his address by calling on all members of the society to support the works of the SGI, in particular, the “Seeds of Hope” exhibition.

Miss Afra Foli expressed how proud she felt to be part of the target group which SGI was reaching out to. She mentioned that the Earth Charter International was concerned with moving to sustainable ways of living for sustainable human development. She finally encouraged all youth to have a “good look” at the “Seeds of Hope” exhibition, and further take to heart its core message of empowerment.

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Immediately after the opening ceremony, Miss Afra Foli and the Country Director of UNESCO-Ghana cut the ribbon to formally open the exhibition to viewers who thronged the venue to view the displayed panels.

On display were 24 key panels depicting themes on inspiring, learning, reflecting and empowering individuals to take action for the protection and sustainability of their immediate environment. Another panel on the pollution of water bodies in Ghana was also displayed.

DSC_0425One of the panels featured Wangari Maathai, an Earth Charter Commissioner and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who took action at the local level promoting recovery of endangered species and ecosystems. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who was concerned about the receding rate of Kenya’s original forest, encouraged rural women to plant trees so they could improve the land through water retention, reduce soil erosion and earn a small income for their families.

All guests who viewed the panels were impressed as they could at least associate with one or more panels which had been a concern to them, and meant a lot to them. The exhibition logged a little over 3,000 viewers.


graines-d-espoir-2017-gIn Paris, the “Seeds of Hope” exibition was launched in collaboration with Soka Gakkai International (Sgi), on 3 May. Guests including Dr. Jean Paul Durand as well as Ann and Julien along with 30 SGI members were participating at the opening to celebrate the launch! The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 May to 30 June in the Association Culturelle Soka De France in Paris. The exhibition highlights the potential of one person to change his environment to act for a better world.

Information: Exposition Seeds of Hope- 9 May- 30 June 2017
Where: ACSF, 42 BIS rue Sarrette, 75014 Paris, métro Alésia.
· Free Entrance
· Hours: Monday- Friday from 14h- 18h30
Saturdays 13 May, 20 May, 10 June, 17 June: from 10h-18h
Closed Sundays and Holidays

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Pictures of an EC Youth Group event in Ghana

4. Secure Earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
a. Recognize that the freedom of action of each generation is qualified by the needs of future generations.

Earth Charter Youth Group coordinator Seth Asare from Ghana shared these pictures from the event the EC Youth Group organized. This awareness event, Youth In Action On Going Green Project, took place on April 17th 2011 and focused on health and environment. 105 youth from Eastern region of Ghana participated in planting trees, cleaning areas which facilitate mosquito breeding in stagnant waters, and learning about the day’s themes. The event was organized by ECYG Youth in Action Ghana

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Reasons to Embrace the Principles of the Earth Charter by ECYG coordinator

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

So whatever affects we down here in Africa, definitely affects the natural and moral institutional law everywhere in the globe.

Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea.

Anyone who lives inside the boundaries of this global world can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

So we have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions and activities of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

The world is been degraded by its dwellers, the people have neglected their moral and natural laws and so injustice is ruling the land.

Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with each other under a common culture of peace and nonviolence and under the Moral law of God.

Without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending global environments elegy into a creative psalm of new and friendly innovations, and progress. Now is the time to lift our national and global policy from the quicksand of racial, cultural and political injustice to be solid rock of human dignity.

Let us all with a combined and conscious effort save the land and the atmosphere from giving up on us:
Let us remember the natural and the moral laws of our land.

By Mr Emmanuel Agyemang Badu
The founder of ECYG the Pigop Ghana

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Youth Project in Ghana

The Earth Charter Youth Group for Sustainability and Peace Ghana organized a project in June – August 2010. This Group was started by Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku in December 2009 and since then the group has been organizing seminars, workshops etc. to train the youth on their responsibility as far as sustainability and leadership are concerned.

The project in 2010 was attended by students, youths and volunteers in Dansoman community. It was organized to train on leadership and on the need to protect the earth.

June, 2010
The official launch and first discussion
The project was launched with a discussion on volunteerism and leadership for selected 200 students in one of the schools. John Akwetey who is the country coordinator of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Ghana was the speaker for this discussion.

The following officials were invited to attend the launch: the department of primary and secondary education, the department of environment, the department of health, the advisor of the municipality and the directors of the schools involved.

This marked the beginning of the project where the future leaders were brought together to share ideas for their perceptions on the destruction of the environment.

July, 2010
The interactive radio programme
A new interactive and innovative Radio programme was aired in July as part of the project. This program integrated the listeners through SMS and allowed them to report back to the programme.

A discussion was organized on the radio on the theme of the Earth Charter’s ethical principles and the transition to sustainable living. The programme was held in the local language and the participating youths were supported by a journalist. Youth reported to the program about the issues affecting them in the communities.

August, 2010
On Saturday 14th August, 2010 a workshop was organized with the participants.

The event was started with an open prayer by Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku, who also shared his travel experience to the EC+10 event in the Netherlands in June 2010. The moderator, Elfrida Addo-Wilson, gave a brief history of the Earth Charter. In the workshop two videos were shown: on the principles and values of the Earth Charter and other one on Manuel Obregon, the Minister for Sports and Culture in Costa Rica, playing piano in the EC+10 celebrations. In addition a poem, “It Starts With One”, was shared with the participants. After this, Mr. John Akwetey, the country coordinator of Rainforest Action Network Ghana gave a speech on volunteerism to reinstate what he spoke of in June during the launch of the project.

After this participants divided into 4 working groups.
Group 1: Ecological Integrity
Group 2: Social and Economic Justice
Group 3: Youth Leadership and Education
Group 4: Democracy, Non-Violence and Peace

Here you can read the conclusions of the group discussions.

The project was funded by Global Greengrants Fund through Rainforest Action Network.

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"A little bit of your knowledge, money or time" – 1%CLUB partnership

1%CLUB is the online marketplace that connects people with smart ideas in developing countries with people, money and knowledge around the world.

We are talking about sustainable projects that stimulate the self-reliance of individuals anywhere in the world and improve their standard of living.

To achieve this, we need three things: a little bit of your knowledge, money or time. You choose how, when and how much you want to participate. The people that run the projects that you are involved in keep you informed on the progress. It is that simple.

Earth Charter Action Project Platform

1%CLUB partners with the Earth Charter International and has created an Earth Charter Action Project Platform where Earth Charter inspired projects can seek for support. Several Earth Charter Youth Groups have already taken this opportunity and sent their project proposals to 1%CLUB. You can see and support them here.

One of the project presenters is Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku, Earth Charter Youth Group coordinator from Ghana. The project is called “Strengthening Youth leadership in Kumasi, Ghana”. The aim of the project is to strengthen youth leadership on sustainable development using the Earth Charter as a tool for change.

This project has received already 2060 euros out of needed 3700 euros. Godfred tells that he has been advertising his project to all of his friends and contacts abroad. This is highly encouraged form of activity!

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Welcome new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups!

Earth Charter, 12.c.
“Honor and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies.”


I am glad to inform that 12 new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups have been started! These groups have decided to ally with the Earth Charter Initiative to promote sustainable ways of living in their communities.

Please, join me in welcoming the following groups to the Earth Charter youth network:

Better World Cameroon Earth Charter Youth Group

ECYG de leut’s environment

ECYG For Sustainability and Peace Ghana


Students for Global Sustainability – University of Nairobi (SfGS-UoN)

ECYG Youth Vision Alliance Network

Earth Charter Youth Group Get Organized for Change

ECYG Fresh & Young Brains Development

ECYG Abuja

ECYG Somalia

Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust [AIDEST], an – All Africa Sustainable Development Organization

Earth Charter Ukraine for Education for All


As an example for other groups, I want to share with you an email that I received from Herman J.B. Kizito, a youth group coordinator of the newest Ugandan Earth Charter Youth Group. This email shows a great example on how a new Earth Charter group can start their actions:

“We have begun a series of strategic and promotional / awareness actions and outreach campaigns involving:

  • Primary and Elementary Schools Outreach programmes discussing the Earth Charter concepts, opportunities and needs to get connected. These schools range with enrollment capacities of 150 children to 2000 and more, ages 6 years to 14 years old; boys and girls. Some of these schools have expressed their interests to promote their goals worldwide under the AECON banners. Uganda has over 2000 primary schools be it Public or Private or Faith-Based, yet, already AECON has access to 300 of these in all regions of the country. Our assessments of their individuals show that most would like to start School Environmental Clubs, School gardens, Exchange visits as well as Waste Recycling Project, but they lack funds, let alone Educational materials.
  • Community Green Enterprises Programme has been started, we are planting trees, collecting and recycling garbage.
  • Networking is on; we are interacting with other Stakeholders.
  • Forwarding Earth Charter internet contacts to others; we are already passing on the Earth Charter information to many for direct contacts, asking that they do the same.”

More free / low-cost ideas can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the Earth Charter youth network, check out through this link what can you do to work for more sustainable future!

Welcome to the Earth Charter youth network,
Jaana Laitinen
Earth Charter International Youth Facilitator

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Earth Charter Youth Group in Ghana visited a development centre

This activity report is written by Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku, an Earth Charter Youth Group coordinator from Ghana.

“We at the Earth Charter Youth Group for Sustainability and Peace Ghana take this opportunity to say thank you to the international youth facilitator for her never ceasing supports she gives us. She’s a real good source of inspiration to us in Ghana.

Before, I became a social worker, I was working in the travel and tourism industry but something touched me to serve the less and underprivileged in my community and beyond hence the ECYG for Sustainability and Peace Ghana. It has always been my uttermost desire to see that children in my community have access to better education since they are the future leaders.

It is believed that when children in schools are provided with the basic amenities needed for their early childhood development, their brains develop well and as a result, these children will be critical thinkers, problem solvers as well as good leaders who can make good policies to change the lives of other children in the communities they grew up from.

As I embarked on this visit to the development centre, I was shocked and surprised to see the kind of teaching materials the children use for their class work and other activities assigned by the class teacher. They had no library, no proper teaching boards and not even proper school uniforms to wear to school.

Some of these children have the potentials of becoming good leaders in society and even the nation at large. I therefore decided to provide textbooks, pens, pencils and also see that the school children enjoy proper early childhood development.

A time will come when school children in the Ghanaian less developed communities will have better childhood development. It is about time we invest in their lives for them to have that better access to good education. The principles and values of the Earth Charter will continue to be our guide in our activities as well as projects.”


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Reasons to embrace the Earth Charter

Mr. Emmanuel Agyemang Badu of Ghana, the Earth Charter Youth Group Coordinator from ECYG The PIGOP, wrote an article on the need of using the Earth Charter as an ethical framework and as an inspiration to take action. Please read and leave your comments!

PS. Do you want to share your thoughts on the Earth Charter? Send them to youthcoordinator @ to be published.

I am writing this at the end of February 2010. It is almost March, an early spring, but it is still snowing here and it is still freezing cold sometimes. As I am getting prepared to move from London to Ghana, I have made some phone calls home to find out what the weather is like there, and I have been very surprised to hear, that it is actually raining during Hamatan, during the sunny season. I find it hard to believe. I am afraid that something even worse could be ahead if we do not do something about this. The world is changing from its natural state to an unpredictable dimension. We must act now -to protect our Precious Legacy.

It has been predicted that 2010 is on course to be the hottest year since 1860

More than 1,700 scientists signed a statement defending global warming research in December 10, 2009, as the London Met Office confirmed that the year 2010 could be the warmest year on record. A combination of a man-made global warming and El Nino Pacific current make it very likely that 2010 will be warmer than 2009 and the warmest year since 1860, said the London Met Office. The latest figures were unveiled after skeptics claimed that experts had manipulated evidence to support a theory of man-made climate change. Scientist at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen confirmed that the 2009 was expected to be the fifth warmest year on record. The London Met Office went even further saying: ‘The global temperature is forecast to be almost 0.6C above the 1961-90 long-term average.’ Researchers also gave a note of caution, warning that the record in a year 2010 was not a certainty, especially if El Nino declined or if there was a large volcanic eruption.

Meanwhile, billionaire George Soros unveiled plans to use 92 billion pounds sterling of international Monetary Fund money to provide immediate finance for poor countries to develop clean technology. ‘Soros’ proposal shows exactly the kind of ambition and urgency we need to see from rich governments themselves,’ said a spokes man from Oxfam. According to Soros; ‘It’s time for governments to stop side stepping climate finance and put their money where their mouth is.’

As the wealthier governments are going to support the poor ones, every one of us as individuals also should act, regardless of being rich or poor. This is our world, One World, One People, One Culture. We all must embrace the Mission and the Vision of the Earth Charter and endorse it as our way for happier life and for a sustainable future.

This world is on the verge of moving from its natural state to an unpredictable state, a state where the various seasons may be constantly changing and also where the weather forecasts may be trusted no more; because of the unpredictability of the environmental changes. Our actions, attitudes and activities are putting this beautiful planet in danger. We need to come together as one, with one accord and a common goal to safe this planet for the future generations. This is our world; this is where we live and where the generations after us will live. We should start to embrace and protect this precious and wonderful planet. 

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Ghanaian and Nigerian Earth Charter youth activists meet

On August 12th, which is the International Youth Day, I, Ogaga Maxwell (Nigerian Earth Charter Youth Group Warri’s coordinator) was on a democratic learning visit to Ghana, organized by the DESLAY programme. This is a democracy programme initiated by Youngstars Foundation Jos and sponsored by National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Washington D.C, USA.

I used this opportunity to hold a meeting together with the 4 Nigerian and 3 Ghanaian Youths. In the meeting I introduced the Earth Charter to those who were not already aware of the declaration for more sustainable future.

In addition to that the project director of Youngstars Foundation Jos, Bola Abimbola, shared on the relationship between Governance and Environment, and key factors towards the sustainability of our various youth initiatives. He discussed extensively on the concepts of emerging leaders and the difference between governance and good governance. Whilst a Nigerian youth John O. John shared on his work in Zamfara state, a sharia state, in Northern Nigeria. He has been involved in HIV/AIDS awareness work in Zamfara working with rural children.

After this Ghanaian Aminu Bonifacio and Samuel from the ECYG Youth in Environment and Agriculture shared on their activities in Ghana.

We looked at the challenges that young people are facing in both of the countries; in addition there were various form of interactions and exchange of contacts. It was a great time of cross-national interaction on the Earth Charter on the international youth day!

Ogaga E. Maxwell
Earth Charter Youth Group Warri

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