VOLUNTEERS TUESDAY: MEET CONSTANT ODOUNFA
Tell us about yourself
Likes and Dislikes
Apart from OAC, I am also a United Nations (UN) volunteer in a project implemented in Benin to improve sustainable livelihoods and increase resilience against climate change. So first, I will surely be an eternal volunteer.
Now, in whichever position I am, I want to be able to contribute to designing and implementing strategic policies to respond to the many challenges facing Africa. Whether at a community, national or a more global level. I want to see myself actively contributing to concretely solve problems, preferably in the fields of education and climate change.
I see myself working as a Project Manager or Development planner for a private or government organisation.
But also, I want to be in the consultancy world by running a consultancy firm in the fields of statistics, economics and IT. This, in order to give leaders the most accurate and well-gathered information to take the best decisions in managing their organisation.
How did you learn about OAC and what are your reasons for joining?
As I hope you know, Benin Republic is a French-speaking country. So, after my Bachelor degree, I went to Accra, Ghana in 2014, to improve my level of English.
There, I was invited with a friend interpreter, to an American Embassy’s event: the Tech Camp in Gimpa. To be frank, I was not (and am still not) a big fan of those meetings where people gather together and talk a lot without anything concretely impactful coming out from it. We went though, but there I met tremendous people doing incredible things for their communities; amongst them was Victoria Ibiwoye. She talked to me about an organisation she was running in Nigeria and I promised her to go and visit its page on Facebook, which I did some days later. And there, I was astounded by what I saw them already doing in Nigeria.
A social and community organisation that doesn’t keep talking but works on the field, targeting children from disadvantaged communities, using education as a tool, and led by youth. After seeing this, I knew that I wanted to join. And believe me, these last years volunteering for OAC have had a huge impact on my life.
Experience so far
It has been a great and life-changing experience so far! I discovered a whole lot of things, including the courage to take responsibilities and to do your best to fulfill them. I learned that each of us can change the world at his or her own level and pace; but also keep in mind that to change the world, we should change ourselves first.
I learned that Africa needs all its children, well-educated and in a good physical and moral state, and we can provide that by doing it for one African child at a time.
Education is key to development, and youths are one of the most important, if not the most important, actors to improve access to that quality education. That is what my experience as a volunteer for OAC made me understand, through training, field projects, and community development activities.
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One of those moments that come to my mind now is when I organized the first training of OAC Benin here in Cotonou, for children in a public school, about self-awareness and leadership. I was so excited to finally bring to the field what I have learned so far, and after the session I couldn’t help but scream of joy when my attendees told me that the session was inspiring and that they would be coming for another one. And other sessions followed.
Also, I had the occasion to participate in two international meetings for OAC. The most impactful was the Global Citizenship Education workshop in Jeju, South Korea. I learned a lot there about GCED and ESD, and had the occasion to meet incredible people from around the world.