If you read my previous post, you must have noticed that I recently got appointed to be a Global Schools Ambassador by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth Initiative.
Global Schools Ambassadors coordinate local efforts to empower schools and teachers to educate children on the SDGs and serve as official spokespersons for the Global Schools Program.
Equipped with knowledge of SDGs and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) tools, they help transform learning environments, promote the SDGs in school settings, and mobilize young people around the SDGs.
I am among the three in Kenya and eight in Africa. It is a truly humbling experience and I don’t take it for granted!
Here’s the interview snapshot:
Among the many hats you wear is being an SDG advocate. How did you figure out your passion for the global goals?
Being a journalist, I discovered that along the way, a career cannot be fulfilling without giving back to the society. I therefore decided to venture into social missions and more so youth empowerment, which enabled me familiarise myself better with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 — quality education.
We are heading towards the fourth industrial revelation that will be based on technology and soft skills and hence my main agenda is to create a generation that will focus on education as a tool to change the society.
What was the driving force behind it?
I learnt about SDGs while in my pursuit for education. It wasn’t smooth sailing as I dropped out of high school due to lack of fees. The same scenario happened while I was seeking a degree in campus. These experiences made me realise that many people do not have access to education thus lack full knowledge about SDGs.
I therefore became a passionate advocate of these global goals in the hope that such people will get quality education and become responsible citizens who will contribute to a sustainable planet.
Tell us about your new role as a UN Global School Ambassador, how did you land it in the first place?
The Global Schools Program is part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth initiative and seeks to raise awareness about SDGs in schools. So when I learnt that they needed ambassadors for the program, I did not hesitate to apply for the position. I, however, wasn’t expecting to be selected seeing that it is quite a demanding role.
As ambassadors, we empower teachers from various schools with tools necessary for educating students about sustainable development. I am one of the three ambassadors in Kenya while in Africa we have eight representatives. It was quite a humbling experience given that previous attempts to apply for similar positions weren’t successful.
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