04 July 2017, Geneva, Switzerland - Rahinatu Sidiki Alare is a Technical Officer at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana. She is part of the PAGE Community of Trainers that was launched through a training of trainers (ToT) event in Turin in October 2016. Here is a short up-date from her on how she is using what she has learned in Turin back home in Ghana:
“The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies organizes regular seminars during which experts in related fields share research activities with staff, students and the university community. These seminars are also organized for students (MPhil & PhD) to present their research findings as part of their course work at the Institute. During one of such seminars, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on the issue of Green Fiscal Reform and Ghana’s Experience using the materials from Turin. The audience also interacted by asking various questions related to the presentation. Among the audience present at the seminar was the Programme Coordinator of the Institute, research fellows and students. The slides and case study materials were shared among the audience for further reading and practice.”
PAGE has been working on building up a pool of local trainers that can deliver learning action on core green economy themes. Many of the participants of the ToT in Turin in October 2016 are now actively advancing learning on a green economy in their home countries. For example, Bat Buyantsogt, professor of economics at the National University of Mongolia, is carrying-out a feasibility study on integrating green economy learning into university curricula. Satchuda Arnachellum supported the set-up of a partnership between the Civil Service College of Mauritius and UNITAR to run a green economy learning assessment. And Seynabou Diouf is playing a crucial role in developing a national network of green economy education and research institutes in Senegal. More stories to follow soon.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) brings together the expertise of five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research. It supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies.
Photo 1: Rahinatu Sidiki Alare, Technical Officer at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana.
Photo 2: PAGE Community of Trainers launched through a training of trainers (ToT) event at Turin, Italy in October 2016.