WOODSIDE STUDENTS CAMPAIGN FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN PARLIAMENT
On Monday 21st May 2018, three members of Woodside High’s Oxfam Youth Ambassador group members went to Parliament to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Global Education for all event to discuss education, sustainable development and global citizenship. The focus of the event was around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – specifically target 4.7 which focuses on Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development.
Woodside students presented their work to Stephen Twigg, MP, Chair of the International Development Select Committee and Harriet Baldwin, Minister of State at the Department for International Development as well as Jess McQuail, CEO of Think Global and senior staff from Oxfam. Caleb, Abdillahi and Ryad were exceptional ambassadors not just for Woodside but also for Oxfam. They spoke brilliantly about their work and shared the incredible book that Woodside students wrote on Gender Equality. Abdillahi was asked to speak on behalf of all the students who took part in the Future Youth School forums – representing students not just in Woodside but also across the globe. He did an amazing job and gave a fantastic speech which you can read below.
“Future Youth School Forums gives young people like me the opportunity to create, lead and organise meaningful events that enables us to explore important global issues and take action for greater social justice.
What makes Future Youth Schools Forums so special is that it is entirely student led and as such, gives us an extraordinary opportunity to develop our own leadership skills. From our initial preparations to our action plans following the forum, we have had the opportunity to go on a real journey of personal development and I think that's what's so powerful about it.
It goes without saying that the impact that this has had on me and many others has been substantial. Not only am I now more informed, I also have actual, real life experience of creating a campaign. From its inception to execution, throughout I have been able to develop my own leadership skills in manner that I would not have been able to do within the confines of the classroom. I believe that the key qualities of a leader includes honesty, integrity, the ability to inspire others, commitment, passion, good communication, good decision making, the ability to delegate and empower, creativity, innovation and accountability. I had the opportunity to experience and utilise each of those qualities through my work with the forum.
Future Youth Schools Forums empowers young people to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to become active global citizens. Citizens who can not only take action on inequality now, but throughout their lives.
Well done to all!