SDG 4: Quality education
At Aller Aqua we believe that to solve challenges of the future you must educate the people of today. This is why we take part in several initiatives supporting education in a variety of settings.
Ngayen School Fund - Because every child has the right to learn
Aller Aqua supports Ngayen School Fund by sponsoring the schooling of four children. It is important for boys and girls all over the world to have access to quality education.
‘While an adult may fall into poverty temporarily, falling into poverty in childhood can last a lifetime – rarely does a child get a second chance at an education or a healthy start in life. As such, child poverty threatens not only the individual child but is likely to be passed on to future generations, entrenching and even exacerbating inequality in society.’ UNICEF (https://www.unicef.org/socialpolicy/index_childpoverty.html, 2/10/2018).
We have chosen to get involved with Ngayen School Fund as it is a small NGO based close to our headquarters. One very dedicated woman, Ditte Marie Gaye, is the driving force behind Ngayen School Fund. She has already helped many children through school and started many local projects to improve the lives of the poorest local population in the Gambia.
Through Ngayen School Fund you can clearly see your input has an impact. All money is dedicated to a child, their family or a project which positively impacts society.
Training Centre in Zambia
In connection with building a new factory in Zambia, Aller Aqua has also established a fish farming training center. The initiative will enable Aller Aqua Zambia to teach fish farmers all about fish farming in Zambia, production optimization, as well as making the best use of the feed, which is the biggest expense for a fish farmer.
“Extruded feed is more expensive than regular feed, so it is important for the farmer to understand that he also gets an increased output, and thus an earning from using it. There is extensive knowledge of fish farming and how to optimize a farm within Aller Aqua and this is a good opportunity to utilize this into seminars and give knowledge back to the community. Sharing knowledge is one of Aller Aqua’s values” Explains Lewis Ngwenya, CEO, Aller Aqua Zambia Limited.
The fish farming training center comprises the classroom building, and 2 small ponds intended for training.
Training seminars in Nigeria
In Nigeria Aller Aqua yearly hosts a number of seminars with different topics focused on improving performance on the fish farm. The seminars have become increasingly popular and the number of participants increase yearly.
The Nigerian government is dedicated to the promotion of aquaculture in the country. To improve the sector and make fish farming more efficient and sustainable, it is crucial that farmers are trained in making the most from their feed, which parameters provide the best results and how their products should be marketed.