The Class of 2023

The Green Champions at ICE Institute of SIMAD University is a dedicated student volunteer club comprised of young individuals who share a common passion for the environment, sustainability, and climate action. This yearly cohort-based network selects young volunteers from the student body, providing them with a unique platform to contribute actively to environmental causes and make a positive impact on their communities and beyond.

The primary goal of the Green Champions is to advocate and drive the green transformation for Somalia. By aligning their efforts with key national and international frameworks such as the Somali National Youth Development Plan, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement, the volunteers are committed to creating meaningful and sustainable change within their country.

The Green Champions enjoy countless of benefits package during after their community service at ICE Institute.  The selected volunteers receive training, workshops, and educational resources that empower them with the necessary knowledge and skills to become effective advocates and leaders in the field of environmental conservation. This capacity building equips them to take on diverse roles within their projects, ensuring a well-rounded approach to tackling environmental challenges. Networking is another crucial aspect of the Green Champions’ experience. Through their involvement in the volunteering, they have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, experts, and professionals from various sectors, including environmental organizations, government bodies, and international agencies. These networking opportunities enable the volunteers to gain valuable insights, support, and collaboration, further enhancing their impact and potential for positive change.

Mentorship plays a pivotal role in guiding and nurturing the Green Champions’ journey. Seasoned environmentalists, professors, and experienced individuals in the sustainability sector act as mentors, providing guidance, feedback, and encouragement to the volunteers. This mentorship dynamic allows the volunteers to learn from experienced professionals, refine their ideas, and develop a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in implementing sustainable initiatives.

The Green Champions are not limited to theoretical knowledge; they are encouraged to translate their learning into action through community outreach activities and campaigns. These initiatives are designed by the ICE Institute of SIMAD University, ensuring that they are well-planned, targeted, and aligned with the specific needs and challenges of local communities. By engaging with grassroots efforts, the volunteers can directly impact their communities, raise awareness, and mobilize support for environmental conservation. In line with the Somali National Youth Development Plan, the Green Champions’ projects aim to create meaningful and inclusive opportunities for young people while addressing pressing environmental issues. Their actions contribute to building a greener and more sustainable future for Somalia, ensuring that the next generation inherits a healthier and more resilient environment.

The Green Champions at ICE Institute represent an exceptional and passionate group of young individuals committed to driving positive change for the environment and advocating for sustainable development in Somalia. Through their dedication and actions, the Green Champions are playing a vital role in shaping a greener, more sustainable communities and inspiring others to join the movement for environmental conservation.