Raising awareness about the health impacts of gold mining

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Gold mining in Ghana is surely a controversial topic. This project deals with health and environmental topics and aims at raising awareness about the impacts of gold mining.  You should have knowledge in environmental science and pollution, health and mining. Skills in workshop organization, pedagogy and education are an asset.

The host organization Health and Development Association Ghana (HADAG), currently staffed with 6 full-time employees and many volunteers, fights against environmental pollution in general and in particular against environmental pollution caused by gold mining. HADAG raises awareness on the impacts of gold mining, especially on people’s health. The organization also assists people in vulnerable situations. HADAG organizes workshops and conferences on the thematic fields of environmental pollution and gold mining health in order to sensitize people on environmental protection and sanitation. Besides, HADAG also aims at fighting alcohol and drug addiction. The organization considers health as factor number one for the development of the region.

The internship will take place in the Western region of Ghana, in the town of Prestea, a gold mining town with serious problems of environmental pollution. As a GLEN intern you will live in the mining community and experience local social life. Here, you can directly observe health and environmental impacts that are related to and caused by gold mining. You will get a chance to work with local gold miners and contribute your knowledge of environmental protection to improve living conditions. Concrete tasks for you as intern will include research on mining, environmental pollution and health. You will organize a one-week workshop on the topic ‘raising awareness about health impacts of gold mining’ where you can share your findings with many other interested people. Furthermore, you will also develop a training scheme on the topic that can be used for future workshops. If you like, you can also become engaged in documentation and report writing at the end of each activity and at the end of your internship.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between 4th of August and 4th of November 2017.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by an Estonian and a German participant, working with a Ghanaian participant.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Health, Ecology/Environment, Mining

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Health/Health Care, Education/Teaching

Field(s) of study: Medicine/Health, Pedagogy/Education, Environmental Science,

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Environmental Science, Health Care, Education

Period of the internship: 3 months between 4ht of August 2017 and 4th of November 2017

Country: Ghana

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Health and Development Association Ghana (HADAG)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: (5) Health, (13) Environment

Number of the internship: 50004002-1105


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