Meet the 2018 Game Changers

Meet the 2018 Game Changers

The World Literacy Foundation’s Youth Ambassador Program commenced earlier this month, connecting over 200 young, like-minded individuals from all around the world. The program will run from July to December. During these 7 months, Youth Ambassadors will act as advocates for the World Literacy Foundation, connecting and promoting global issues in their local communities, to encourage others to take action in the fight against inequality and illiteracy.

The Youth Ambassadors selected are trailblazers, game changers, the ones to bring lasting change around the world. We’d like to introduce you to some of them:

Meet Isioma Eneli (UK)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

I wanted to become a youth ambassador for two main reasons. One of the reasons is that I want to help provide a doorway to a better life for all people by breaking down barriers, such as illiteracy. The second reason is to inspire young people and adults, who have lost their inner child-like spark,  by showing them through my actions, that we can change the world.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

Without a good educational foundation, we limit ourselves and our dreams stay as dreams. However, if we give education and literacy the important place it deserves, then we can truly break free of the shackles binding us in our lives.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

I hope to raise awareness and funds for the World Literacy Program. Also, I will hope to center my campaign around producing a child-friendly book, made by mainly young adults. The purpose of this book will be to inspire and show everyone how wonderful books are. As well as giving young adults confidence and stressing the importance of education.

4. How do you want to change the world?

I believe one of the best ways to change the world individually is through example, thus I shall be an active ambassador,  who will pass a burning ember of passion to as many people as I can.

Meet Doha Khassawneh (Jordan)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

I am an ambassador because I believe that education and knowledge are a fundamental right for every child in the world, a means to achieve their other rights to protection, survival, development, and participation.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

I believe that education and literacy are very important because they are two-dimensional weapons, that is, either to benefit yourself and to engage in this society in the right way or live in this life, but with difficulty. Education is the right, and the beats of knowledge then the knowledge will increase the Peace prevail.

 3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

I hope in the Youth Ambassadors program to reach as many knowledgeable people as possible to teach them literacy skills to teach them to children in their neighborhoods and then reduce illiteracy.

 4. How do you want to change the world?

We can change the world starting with ourselves by understanding ourselves and expressing what we want freely. The smile also has a great effect because it shows the inner peace and is the key to entering the hearts of people to change the world for the better.

Meet Jibran Gill (Pakistan)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

To see literate Pakistan is my vision. I am a literacy trainer and providing literacy voluntarily to the different groups of the society which includes child laborers, Factory workers, and young women. Because of the alignment of my work with the mission of WLF, I decided to become a Youth Ambassador.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

Without literacy, the human being is blind because you can sense and feel the things happening around you but can’t respond to correct them, likewise, education is a mind opener which enhances your capacity to think and make decisions. I believe that education and literacy are an important and fundamental right and it should be given to every individual to lead an objective and happy life.

3. How do you want to change the world?

Literacy is the tool through which I want to change the world for a more progressive and sustainable future for coming generations.

Meet Levie Mdoka (Malawi)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

This is because the values and aspirations promoted by WLF are in line with my dreams for the African child, I believe literacy is the key to developing my country and Africa in general.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

Education and literacy are key components for sustainable development because it is the educated and literate people who have the ability to make informed decisions about whatever they do such as when to have children, what better crops to plant, alternative resources of energy etc as such ensuring a better world.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

I want to promote literacy to my fellow African youths and mostly in my country, Malawi, where illiteracy levels are high.

4. How do you want to change the world?

I want to help brighten the future of Africa by investing in its youths education which will lead Africa in the coming generations. This will ensure a better Africa as those leaders all be educated and will make informed decisions in running the affairs of the continent and beyond.

Meet Simran Cheema

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

WLF is an excellent organization that brings together like-minded individuals to uphold the importance of education. WLF’s Youth Ambassador Program is a humongous opportunity that allows me to advocate for worldly issues like literacy and education on an elevated level.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

To answer this question, I would like to present a historic example that manifested my belief that literacy is a vital component of life. It improves health, promotes gender equality, and reduces poverty:

In the 15th century, King Sejong, who felt compassion towards the illiterate, invented the unique Korean alphabet Hangeul. Up until then, Korean people wrote in Chinese because they did not have their own writing system. As Chinese was highly complex to learn, only the upper-class and government officials had access to it. Many of them severely opposed the invention and promulgation of Hangeul, but King Sejong aggressively encouraged its use. Hangeul made it possible for people of the working class to write their thoughts and ideas, which led to the improvement of living conditions and the growth of consciousness as it was used for resolving civil petitions, disseminating agricultural techniques, and exchanging letters with friends and relatives.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

I am grateful to be working together with all my fellow Youth Ambassadors to eradicate global inequality & illiteracy, and provide quality education for all people in the world. Within this program, my current specific goal is to fundraise for the Sun Book tablet project who will provide learning materials and teacher resources to schools in Uganda.

Moreover, I would also like to see myself grow into a better world citizen by interacting with and learning from people from all walks of life.

4. How do you want to change the world?

I want to create a vision for universal literacy. All humans deserve to be able to read and write in order to fulfill their potential.

Meet Anika Christopher (British Virgin Islands)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela. I firmly believe that the value of literacy goes beyond the pages of a book and the value of education cannot be confined by the walls of any classroom. Literacy and education is, in fact, an indispensable asset for change. However, millions of people worldwide today are illiterate and are therefore unable to acquire an education. I became a Youth Ambassador because I wanted to play my part in improving this situation, giving persons the chance to turn the page, write their lives and change the world!

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

I believe that education is so important because education is power. When a person is educated, it allows them to unleash their creativity and innovate potential as it gives them a space in which they can discover and develop all their talents and abilities. However, before that is possible, one must first be literate. This is because literacy is central for the acquisition of knowledge, it is at the heart of all educational pursuits.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

Throughout the Youth Ambassador Program, I hope to successfully fundraise and advocate for the children in Uganda. I hope to also raise awareness of the global issues surrounding illiteracy in my community!

4. How do you want to change the world?

I believe that the world can change through the power of education. In a world with many challenges, I believe that education plays a fundamental role in creating a path towards a solution!

Meet Samuel Oppong (USA)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

I chose to become a WLF Youth Ambassador because I want to make in other kids lives. Becoming a Youth Ambassador was an easy decision for me and I want to live in a world where every child around the world have access to read and write.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

I believe education is the basic foundation for success. It allows us to think do more in life. right now, literacy is the biggest barrier to this freedom. with education, it all about understanding the world we live in and the way they shape us to be the way we want to be. with equal opportunities in education and literacy, it will allow us to change the world in ways we can’t even imagine.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

I plan to be an advocate for the World Literary Program through my organization called the John Maxwell Team. I am a certified mentor, author, public speaking, coaching. I also plan to speak on Ted Conferences this fall either in September and/or October by bringing the issue. I hope one day impact other people around the world by giving them a platform to step up.

4. How do you want to change the world?

I envision a world where every child is loved, valued, supported, and educated. I envision a world of peace by providing kids the options to read and write but also create an open dialogue where they can share their emotions and feelings, take pride in themselves and their community, and become leaders on a local, national and global level.

Meet Jagrit Sardeshpande (USA)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

Having had the opportunity to visit India a number of times, I have seen first-hand how illiteracy traps generations in poverty. Literacy empowers people economically, politically, and makes the world a better place. My passion for this cause prompted me to start a new club at my school called RICE (Removing Illiteracy through Collective Education) club. As a WLF Youth Ambassador, I would like to leverage the club (time/commitment from members) to execute local literacy programs and fund-raising activities for WLF.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

Education and literacy are the way out of poverty for countless people. Without education and literacy, a person cannot reach his or her potential economically or politically and stays trapped in the cycle of poverty.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

I hope to achieve two things through the Youth Ambassador Program – (1) Raise awareness in my local community about WLF and the positive impact it can have on our society. (2) Raise funds in my school and community to help WLF execute literacy programs in under-served communities.

4. How do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world by focusing on an area that I am passionate about – education and literacy. As a first step, I have founded RICE (Removing Illiteracy through Collective Education) at my school. Now, as a WLF Youth Ambassador, I hope to leverage RICE club to further literacy projects both locally and internationally. I know literacy will have a lasting impact on generations and bring positive change to the world.

Meet Shivam Patel

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

Because WLF is spreading awareness through the power of literacy. I’m also doing same for the past several years, so I want to be part of this NGO.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

I believe In the Digital Era, While education is key; Without the skills of literacy and numeracy, a student or adult is cut off from full participation in many aspects of life: they cannot perform basic tasks, such as reading; advertisements and notices are meaningless to them; and they are cut off from participating in and contributing to many aspects of the society and culture in which they live. Literacy and numeracy skills are crucial to a student’s ability to develop fully as an individual If you can’t read by the age of eight, you will never catch up, And If you can’t solve a basic math problem by age twelve, you will have serious problems in your adult life. That’s why both Literacy and Numeracy are important.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

To be Honest, I only want to spread awareness regarding Literacy, Numeracy and Quality Education.

4. How do you want to change the world?

I believe Action speaks louder than Words. I take part in different International Conferences, I learn and I execute it. This is How I do work. Apart from that, I spread awareness via blogs, and social media campaigns.

Meet Aditi Chapanerkar

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

 I became a WLF Youth Ambassador because I truly believe and agree with the WLF’s values. My cause of social work and actions match with WLF’s mission. I feel that by being a Youth Ambassador, I will be able to appeal not only to the local area but to the world. It will support my aim of giving back to the society and eventually I will contribute children to ‘read, write and empower’, to lead a better life.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

 I am thankful and proud to get an essential education which has supported my life by all means. As I know its importance, I see many children who do not get this opportunity. Today, in this fast-changing world, only education and literacy can help a person to be aware, survive and earn a better life. Only education can open the doors to opportunities to earn, learn, grow and survive. If one person in the family educates, the whole family gets the benefit. Hence, I not only believe but I am confident that education and literacy is an essential and important achievement of life.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

 Throughout the Youth Ambassador Program, I hope to reach out to as many people as I can and motivate them to the cause, mission, vision, and values of WLF. Also, I hope that one day, each and every child of the world get basic education and become literate. I will be glad to find out opportunities to influence people for donating funds for this noble cause through this program and even after the program, I will continue to motivate people for education.

4. How do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world through my actions, as I believe my actions will have the power to influence people positively. Every individual owes something to the society. S/he must give back to the society by doing something good as humans. And I believe that actions speak louder than words. Hence, I want to use my ‘positive and good actions’ to change and influence the world for a better purpose.

Meet Ryan Brady (USA)

1. Why did you become a WLF Youth Ambassador?

I became a WLF Youth Ambassador to utilize the resources in my community for the betterment of the rest of the world. Literacy creates change, which is necessary to create the world that I envision – one where anyone, from any background, has equal opportunities to lead to success.

2. Why do you believe education and literacy are so important?

Education and literacy are extremely important because, without one of the most fundamental keys to success, people cannot go anywhere. Literacy is necessary for people to understand their opportunities, their freedoms, and their circumstances. It is the foundation of communication, which without, creates an isolated and solitary world.

3. What do you hope to achieve throughout the Youth Ambassador Program?

I hope that I can spread awareness in my community of the challenges that others face, and in the process, raise money for the WLF to aid their mission.

4. How do you want to change the world?

One of the biggest challenges that our world faces today is a lack of perspective, which I believe is a key cause of conflict. If people can learn about each others’ circumstances, then they can also work to build each other up. I want to change the world by giving everyone the opportunity to teach others what their life is like because the first step to change is understanding

 

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