UN Youth Seychelles organized the “Silver Lining Formations workshop from 3rd to 5th November at Eden Bleu Hotel. The workshop showcased the importance and impacts the different Life dimensions have on individuals their lives and what action one can take to develop these dimensions. The target group were youth aged between 12-35 years. The event included a series of modules; mainly the 8 dimensions of life by various presenters, life lesson activities and inspiring guest speakers whereby the participants had the chance to learn about the 8 dimensions, hear inspiring stories and even experience Zumba. Overall, it was a very insightful and productive three days. Special thanks goes to the enablers and supporters of the project namely the National Grants Committee, Eden Bleu HotelMCB SeychellesSeychelles National Youth CouncilSix Senses Hotels Resorts SpasAirtel SeychellesShreeji Group - SeychellesWell of Inspiration and others who believed in this cause. We will be sharing more on this exciting journey with the Inspiring Participants during the week.
UN Youth Launches Strategic Plan 2021-2023
We are pleased to announce the official Launching of the Silver Lining Project 2021 which took place Virtually on Saturday October 30, 2021. The event can be accessed on Youtube here > https://youtu.be/mVwDVQGsePE The event regrouped 23 participants inclusive of both local and international supporters of the project and youth who registered to know more about the project.
The President of UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) Mr Raymus Laurence delivered his opening remarks highlighting his contentment in seeing the same youth UNYS has touched and work with being present and helping in giving back to the society. Mr Daniel Gordon, an External advisor for UNYS provided a historical overview of the Project and gave an overview and Ms Annarose Clarisse the Founder, Country Presentative and Project Coordinator explained the essence and objective of the project.
The event continued with Mr. Bernard Jackson who is the Managing Director for Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) MCB Seychelles shared with us their reasons for being an early enabler for the project and the importance in contributing towards such initiatives. Ms. Andrea Jean Louis the Head of Finance & Accounts Division and a past beneficiary of the project gave her testimony on how such an experience added value in her life.
The second half of the event engaged the participants directly in the 8 Life Dimensions, with insights from two time Ted Talk Speaker Mr Deepak Ramola, Founder and Artist Director of Project FUEL and Author explained the life dimensions through Life Lessons and shared wisdom. He reminded us that wisdom does not come with age and that our Talents are not our gifts but our responsibility. We progress don the journey together by unpacking how the Life Dimensions could lead to world peace with International Peace Youth Group IPYG Coordinator Ms Cloe Baartman, she urged to "Let us not only see the Silver Lining but Let's become the Silver Linings in our Society" Ms. Renee Lighton Experienced Life Coach and Motivational speaker from South Africa added on by enlightening us on how we can Shine the LightOn Education through the 8 Life dimensions as a means to develop one’s full potential and she highlighted that it is our responsibility to make learning fun!
Wellington Manjengwa, Financial Services Professional, Author and our main facilitator for the project from Well of Inspiration delivered the last presentation on Why the dimensions are a big deal! Mr. Manjengwa remarked that 40% of what we do stems from our habits and if we change our habits for the better we change our life for the better.
Ms. Amy Jean the Vice President and Treasurer of the UNYS concluded the event by thanking all the participants, supporters and enablers of the project and expressed the appreciation of the UNYS Board towards the members who contributed whole heartedly towards the project. A Special mention goes to the National Grants Committee for being the main funder, Eden Bleu Hotel as another supporter for the Silver Lining Project 2021 and the MCB Seychelles for supporting the project from its inception since 2019. We are also thankful for all the other sponsors and support we have received with the project.
Peer to Peer with Nellie - Artificial Intelligence
Our peer to peer session on the topic Artificial intelligence (AI) was held on October 27, 2021 with Miss Nellie Azemia as the presenter. The session started with a brief introduction on what exactly Artificial Intelligence is and how controversial of a subject matter it is. She discussed the 4 types of Artificial Intelligence: reactive machines, limited memory, theory of mind and self aware. Examples such as Siri, Alexa, self-driving cars were mentioned. She spoke interestingly on some of the myths of AI and readily backed it up with facts. Additionally, she discussed the many utilities of AI such as for medical diagnosis, financial services, translation, running a business amongst many other uses.
Miss Azemia further elaborated on the pros of AI. To name a few: increases productivity, smart decision making, manages repetitive tasks. She also discussed the cons such as technological dependency, job replacement, non-transparent decision making etc. Towards the end, she shared her opinion on AI and revealed that “it’s more of a good thing than a bad one”. The presentation finished with a multiple choice question where members were asked “Which of the below AI projects don’t exist yet?” and they had to choose between the 4 options:
A. An AI robot with citizenship B. A robot with a muscular skeletal system C. AI can read its owners emotions D. AI that develops emotions over time She disclosed that the correct answer was D.
Overall, it was a very insightful presentation. With the quote “Technology is giving life the potential to flourish like never before... or to self-destruct.” in mind throughout the whole presentation, members were quick to form different judgements and share them. One member said that “anything towards the betterment of mankind is a good thing”. On the contrary, it was mentioned that “AI limits humans from evolving.” Another member said that “AI is convenient but there should be a limit”. Again, thanking Miss Azemia for this excellent presentation.
The Silver Lining Project Coming Soon!
UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) proudly launches its Strategic Plan for the year 2021-2023.
This document reinforces the goals and objectives that will guide UNYS desired destination. It outlines a strategic/divisional approach and most importantly to ensure succession planning and value delivery for our members and surrounding community in Seychelles.
UNYS stands today as a youth-led, non-profit organisation in Seychelles and we aim to keep the level of professionalism and good governance as an institution. With this Strategic Plan we are on the path of greater success for many years to come.
The Strategic Plan remains an internal document however, we want to reassure our partners and supporters that we continue to strive for progress and results. We thank all our members for their contribution and devotion towards this process and ensuring UNYS objectives and values are always at the core of our ways of working keeping the greater vision for our country. (TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK)
Peer to Peer with Chloe - Pro-Life and Pro-Choice
Our peer to peer session on the topic Pro-life and Pro-choice was held on September 29, 2021 with Miss Chloe Pillay as the presenter. The session started with a brief introduction stating that people who oppose abortion often call themselves pro-life, however, the only life they are concerned with is the life of the fertilised egg, embryo or fetus. Whereas, people who identify as pro-choice believe that everyone has the basic human right to decide when and whether to have children. When someone is pro-choice and telling others that they believe it is ok for them to have the ability to choose abortion as an option for an unplanned pregnancy - even if you would not choose abortion for yourself. Miss Pillay further elaborated about the pro-life and pro-choice movement, and how it had been an ongoing battle to legalise safe abortion worldwide. it was a very insightful presentation, and members got the chance to share their views on the subject, one point that was repeated numerous times was, making abortion illegal, does not prevent abortion, however, it does prevent access to safe abortion and its after care. Thanking Miss Pillay for this excellent presentation.
UNYS Attends the HWPL World Peace Summit
On Saturday the 18th September 2021, HWPL’s 7th anniversary of the World Peace summit took place online with about 1000 people on a zoom meeting in attendance. Members of UN Youth Seychelles Ms Steffie-Ann Monthy and Ms Annarose Clarisse were able to participate in this annual event marking a very historic day.
The online summit began by marking why HWPL was initiated with the motive of global peace and cessation of war. Since the founding of the organisation, they have indulged in numerous global efforts with this motive including creating international laws of peace, alliance of religions, women and youth empowerment, legislate peace campaigns, several peace walks and most importantly peace education to the youth. The statistics are astonishing in the amount of global leaders, office bearers and lecturers that have been appointed in communicating these ideas around in several countries globally.
The event also explained the ways in which global peace was still advocated world wide despite the global pandemic where most peace education has been transferred online, and online study groups can now study the international peace law as through the HWPL handbook commentary.
For me the highlight of the event was learning specifically about the past cases that brought peace to people such as in Mindanao, Philippines, as well as active cases that they have completed this year. A particularly interesting one was the youth empowerment peace class (YEPC) which promoted young education rights to ensure youth education was still ensured despite the consequences of the global pandemic. Overall the experience was inspiring to see how simple it is to send out messengers of peace to all corners of the world and see how much impact it can have, especially for the youth, so that the future of the world is humble hands. UN youth Seychelles would like to thank colleagues from IPYG for sharing this experience with us.
Call For Early Registration
UN Youth Seychelles will be hosting a series of workshops focusing on the 8 dimensions of life/ wellbeing during the 4th quarter of the year. As we finalise the logistics for the event we are inviting potential participants to register their interest to take part in the sessions and be the first to know about the event details once released. Target group are youth aged 12 to 35 years. Register via Link https://bit.ly/SLPREGISTRATION
'Sharpen your Silverlining' Workshop for our Members
On Saturday September 04, 2021 some of our members experienced the 'Sharpen your Silverlining' half day workshop under one of our exciting projects coming soon. The session covered topics relating to decision taking and personal risk management. In the second half of the session the team broadened their knowledge on the 8 dimensions of life and wellbeing. Each member shared their own experience and interactions with the dimensions and which dimension they felt they had to place more effort on. For us it is important that our members are touched by the same actions that we envision for society and our members experience and understand first hand the projects we strive to deliver.
Wealth & Personal Management Workshop for semi orphans
On Saturday August 28, 2021, UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) collaborated with Maylene’s Hope Foundation (MHF) to host a Wealth & Personal Management Workshop for semi orphans. This workshop was hosted on site at English River Secondary School. Throughout the workshop, participants learnt key aspects of planning and savings and were able to actively participate. The session included a presentation created by UNYS and delivered by the President, Mr. Raymus Laurence, which touched on wealth creation and management.
Notably present at the session was the Patron of MHF, First Lady Mrs. Linda Ramkalwan. We at UNYS, are grateful for the this opportunity to collaborate with the foundation for such an important topic. We firmly believe that it is essential to equip the youth with the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them to become financially aware individuals. We look forward to future collaborations with the foundation.
Peer to Peer on System Thinking - Craig Joseph
Our peer to peer session on the topic of system thinking was held on August 25, 2021, with Mr Craig Joseph as the presenter. The session piqued the UN Youth team's attention and enabled them to acquire new knowledge. Mr Craig began by describing what system thinking is and then moved on to describe how analysis leads to reductionism and stating that the foundation of system thinking is synthesis. Furthermore, Mr Craig went over the six tools of system thinking that he considers to be the most important. That is interconnectedness, synthesis, emergence, feedback loops, causality and system mapping. To end the presentation, he recommended several books for members to read if they wish to further their knowledge on the topic, one book, in particular, was “Thinking in Systems” by Donella H. Meadows. It was a very insightful session, whereby Mr Craig addressed the queries from members confidently and provided excellent answers.
Webinar ‘Youth Participation in Economic Activities'
To commemorate International Youth Day 2021, the Youth and Sports Department organised a three-day Webinar on the Theme: ‘Youth Participation in Economic Activities’ from 10th to the 12th August, 2021.
The event will lasted around 1½ hours each day and featured interesting presentations from NGOs and other governmental entities, advice to young people, Q&A, discussions and finally a short 3-minute survey to end each session.
On August 10, 2021, Ms Annarose Clarisse the Country Representative of UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) presented on the Sustainable Development Goals, Youth Economic participation and the COVID-19 Pandemic. This included 10 specific takeaways that the audience can easily implement for better and a more solution oriented approach to participate actively in the economy.
Peer to Peer with Fangyi on Transgender People in Sports
On June 28, 2021 we had another Peer 2 Peer session with Miss. Fangyi Liao on Transgender People in Sports. The session was very thought provoking sparked great interest from the UN Youth team. The topic was chosen by Miss. Fangyi due to the current Tokyo Olympics game. Members were given examples of participants in the Olympics itself who are transgender.
From the 22nd to the 24th June, some members of UNYS were given the opportunity to partake in the budget symposium workshop hosted by the Transparency Initiative Seychelles (TIS). Members who took part include, Mr. Raymus Laurence (The President), Ms. Amy Jean (Vice-President) and Ms. Annarose Clarisse (Country Representative and Founder).
Spotlight Series - What is your financial take on the pandemic?
The Covid-19 pandemic has surely left its impact on economies but let’s not forget about the effect that it had on the everyday individual that had hopes and dreams that this pandemic has washed away. We took the time to ask you what this pandemic taught you in terms of your financial matters and ways in which it has made you rethink your financial decisions.
Spotlight Series - "Transforming Food systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health"
In commemoration of the International Youth Day UNYS celebrates this years theme with key messages from members. This years theme is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health” and to quote Mr. Barack Obama; “Young people recognize the big challenges that are coming up.” So to the youth out there Keep Inspiring, keep building responsible citizens. Promote a simple and healthy lifestyle. Conserve energy and save the earth. Happy International Youth Day 2021!
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