After Togo, WE AfriHug team moved to the neighboring country, Ghana. After traveling to Accra first, the members arrived to the next destination of the project: the rural community of Kpando. 

Continuing with the same passion and purpose, the empowerment of the Youth through education, the team joined forces with the local partner in Ghana, UNiTED Projects. UNiTED is a community resource and empowerment centre with the mission to educate and empower by encouraging collaboration and by providing accessible information to the community of Kpando and the surroundings. Excited to work with this impactful NGO, the team visited “Kpando Secondary School”, in order to implement the 3-day Non-Formal Education Training Seminar with students with the aim to facilitate them developing soft skills needed for the 21st Century.

From the first day, our 53 participants showed enthusiasm towards this new experience and learning approach and have been actively participating. During the first day activities, students introduced interactively themselves, expressed their expectations and fears about the 3-day training and were challenged to “find their power” through the activity ”Where is my power?”. During this activity, the participants were asked to create a “white wall” consisted of papers on the wall, where they have to draw their body’s outline on the paper sheet in the position that they prefer. In order to draw it, other participants should interact and help them do it because the “white wall” starts 10 cm higher than the ground floor. Then, each participant should identify their outline and draw with a small symbol their unique internal power. Afterwards, always placed in a circle, a discussion is following with each of the participants talking about their unique strength and justify why they feel that this is their power.

During the second day of the training, the students have been challenged with the activities “Front page”, “The battle of orange” and “The hidden path”. During the activity “Front page”, the students are creating the front page of a newspaper trying to convince their classmates about the authenticity of the news. Presentations on critical issues, such as “Drug abuse” have been done during this activity giving them space for discussion and reflection. Being extremely active, the students worked on soft skills, such as creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and public speaking.

“I learned how important is to be united”, “I have identified my power and what I can do”, “I discovered my capabilities” were some of the students’ statements after the end of our training during the third day. After the end, students reflected and expressed their opinion about their experience with WE AfriHug project and Non-formal Education.

Enjoy our dissemination video for Ghana:


Now the team is getting ready for the next sports milestone combining the Sahara Marathon with the support of the Saharawi refugees. 42 kilometers will be covered in the desert to show the support to the Sahrawi families at the refugee camps of Tindouf. The motto of the 2018 Sahara Marathon edition is: “42 kilometers of our effort, for 42 years of your resistance”.


Dopo il Togo il team WE AfriHug si è spostato nel confinante stato del Ghana. Dopo essere passati per Accra, i volontari sono arrivati alla destinazione successiva del progetto: la comunità di Kpando.

Perseguendo con la stessa passione e scopo, empowerment dei giovani attraverso l’educazione, il team ha unito le forze con il partner locale UNiTED Projects. UNiTED è una risorsa per la comunità, la cui mission è di educare e incoraggiare nuove collaborazioni rendendo fruibili informazioni utili, non solo per la comunità di Kpando ma anche limitrofi. Entusiasti di lavorare insieme a questa ong, il team ha visitato la “Kpando Secondary School” per poter realizzare al meglio il training di 3 giorni con gli studenti per facilitare il processo di acquisizione e sviluppo delle soft skills del 21esimo secolo.

Dal primo giorno i 53 partecipanti hanno mostrato entusiasmo per questa nuova esperienza e questo nuovo approccio partecipando attivamente. Durante il primo giorno di attività gli studenti si sono presentati in maniera interattiva e dinamica, condividendo paure ed aspettative. Si sono messi in gioco con l’attività “Where’s my power” per scoprire quale fosse il loro potere, la loro qualità migliore. Questo è stato il punto di inizio per un percorso di 3 giorni fatto di dibattito e confronto, per capire meglio e a fondo che l’unità fa la forza e che ognuno può partecipare a questa tavola semplicemente per quello che è.


Μετά από το Τόγκο, η ομάδα του WE AfriHug συνέχισε τις δράσεις της, στη γείτονα χώρα, τη Γκάνα. Αφού ταξίδεψε πρώτα στην Άκκρα, τα μέλη της ομάδας έφτασαν στον επόμενο προορισμό του πρότζεκτ: την επαρχιακή πόλη του Kpando.

Συνεχίζοντας με το ίδιο πάθος και σκοπό, την ενδυνάμωση της Νεολαίας μέσω της εκπαίδευσης, η ομάδα ένωσε τις δυνάμεις της με τον τοπικό συνεργάτη στη Γκάνα, τη ΜΚΟ UNiTED Projects. Η UNiTED αποτελεί πηγή και κέντρο ενδυνάμωσης με αποστολή να εκπαιδεύει και να ενθαρρύνει συνεργασία παρέχοντας προσβάσιμη πληροφόρηση.

Στις 16 Φεβρουαρίου, η ομάδα αλληλεπίδρασε με 53 συμμετέχοντες μαθητές, οι οποίοι γεμάτοι ενθουσιασμό συμμετείχαν ενεργά στις δραστηριότητες. Κατά τη διάρκεια της δεύτερης μέρας του σεμιναρίου μη-τυπικής μάθησης για τις δεξιότητες του 21ου αιώνα, οι μαθητές δοκιμάστηκαν σε δραστηριότητες όπως το “Front page”, το “The battle of orange” και το “The hidden path”. Κατά τη διάρκεια της δραστηριότητας “Front page”, οι μαθητές δημιουργούν το πρωτοσέλιδο μιας εφημερίδας, προσπαθώντας να πείσουν τους συμμαθητές τους για την αυθεντικότητα των νέων. Έγιναν παρουσιάσεις όπως “Εξάρτηση από τα ναρκωτικά”, δίνοντάς τους την ευκαιρία για περαιτέρω συζήτηση. Οι μαθητές ήταν ενεργοί και δραστήριοι, δούλεψαν πάνω σε soft skills όπως δημιουργικότητα, επίλυση προβλημάτων, κριτική σκέψη, επικοινωνία, συνεργασία και public speaking.

“Έμαθα πόσο σημαντικό είναι να είσαι ενωμένος με τους άλλους”, “Βρήκα τη δύναμή μου και τι μπορώ να πραγματοποιήσω”, “Ανακάλυψα τις δυνατότητές μου” ήταν μερικές από τις δηλώσεις των μαθητών μετά την ολοκλήρωση της τριήμερης εκπαίδευσης. Στις 20 Φεβρουαρίου, ήταν η τρίτη και τελευταία μέρα του εκπαιδευτικού σεμιναρίου στο Kpando Secondary School. Μετά το πέρας, οι μαθητές είχαν την ευκαιρία να εκφράσουν τη γνώμη τους και να συζητήσουν για την εμπειρία τους με το WE AfriHug και τη μη-τυπική μάθηση.

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Τώρα η ομάδα ετοιμάζεται για την επόμενη αθλητική δοκιμασία, η οποία συνδυάζει τον Μαραθώνιο της Σαχάρας με την υποστήριξη των προσφύγων Saharawi από τη Δυτική Σαχάρα. 42 χιλιόμετρα αγώνας στην έρημο για να δείξουν την υποστήριξη προς τις οικογένειες Saharawi στους προσφυγικούς καταυλισμούς στο Tinduf. Το σύνθημα του Μαραθωνίου της Σαχάρας είναι: “42 kilometers of our effort, for 42 years of your resistance”. Ο Κωνσταντίνος θα τρέξει 42.195 χλμ. και η Μαριλένα Μαραγκού 10 χλμ. και θα αποτελέσουν τους πρώτους Έλληνες, οι οποίοι θα τρέξουν αυτό το μαραθώνιο αλληλεγγύης.