The Youth Connekt Summit of Rwanda was held in Kigali. Large representations of youthful delegates from across the African continent and small island states (Seychelles, Mauritius and Rodrigue). The event was held from 12 the to 15th October 22.
My name is Victoria Gao, and I am a student from International School Seychelles. As I was born and raised in the Seychelles, many aspects of my life have been closely entangled with the local flora and fauna. This had heavily influenced me into joining local NGOs such as SYAH and UN Youth Seychelles, as the concept of preserving the environment has always been a top priority within the Seychelles.
My name is Kelly Mothe and I am 23 years old. I am a Bachelor of Law graduate and at the University of Seychelles. I am fluent in English, French and Creole. I have varied interests but I love reading novels because there is nothing better than unwinding with a good book. I am passionate about creativity, being able to create something extraordinary from nothing, seeing something nobody else can see and making it ten times better. If I was to pick between any of the SDGs to work towards it would be SDG 8. Being a student who will soon be entering the work force, finding a job at this point is difficult and many go to school and then are left with unusable qualifications because there are not enough jobs for the large amount of people that seek it. Therefore I feel that this SDG should be advocated for the future generations.
I, Raghavi Naidu, a 23 year old currently working in the Financial sector attended the Youth Assembly at the UN in the Summer of 2017 in addition to the social venture for sustainable development and cross-sectoral implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) over the period of August 5th 2017 to August 16th 2017. The Social Ventures for Sustainable Development (SVSD) aspires to teach participants vital skills in building and developing a social venture business project while the Youth Assembly at the UN is a 4-day conference which aims to diagnose global issues encompassing social, economic and environmental facets. The cross sectoral implementation of the SDGs enables the participants to gather experience from local and global institutions by communicating with experts from different sectors. My eagerness to meet like-minded individuals, discovering unique solutions to issues plaguing our societies and becoming inspired to effect change within my society piqued my interest.
Name: Mrs Hezah Mohammed Khan
Age: 25 years old
From: Kurdistan Iraq
Many got to meet you but few know your story and why you’re here. So tell us abit about yourselves and What your purpose in Seychelles is.
I'm a social entrepreneur and International NGO consultant from Kurdistan of Iraq, I started my career when I was only 17, and fortunately I have been able to build a strong career in the world of development and especially youth empowerment, I was invited as international speaker for the Youth Festival, to speak about the importance of the 2030 Agenda, during the first conference in Seychelles on the SDGs.
Explain to us your work with youth and why you commit yourself with such work.
I see my work as a way to pay back to life and my community, I have had access to many unique opportunities myself compared to what other youth from middle class and middle lower class families could have access to, and as a result I became the strong woman I am today, so my work is basically for me to pass it around and help other youth have access to the same opportunities I had access to.
UN Youth Seychelles was honoured to have Mr Daniel Gordon as our Youth Consultant and Ministry of Education Intern for a month (July – August). Daniel is from New York and attended the Youth Assembly at the UN in 2016. He has great experience in organising Model United Nations (MUN) in his school and various other activities. His work at the Ministry of Education focused on programme proposal that will boost kids with collaborative qualities, understanding, and diplomacy along with making a series of presentation to teachers, students, and others about the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Such exchange provide a basis of learning from global peers and also sharing with them our own initiatives. It ensures that the SDGs are considered and implemented earlier on in the educational systems at an early stage and maximum educators are aware of it. UN Youth Seychelles would like to thank the Ministry and everyone who assisted to make this programme a productive one. The proposals and recommendation made will be used to shape UN Youth Seychelles future programmes.
My name is Nathanielle Morel; I am 25 years old and currently studying my undergraduate degree in Beijing, China. Prior to attending university, I worked as an assistant protocol officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approximately two years. I was not involved in any non-governmental organization before joining the UN youth Seychelles, unless you consider liking a page on Facebook part of an NGO. I got interested in world affairs mostly during my time working at the ministry. I believe in making the world a better place which in turn heavily influenced me to my field of study and joining the UN Youth Seychelles.