Hillcrest deputy head girl hits the ‘Big Apple’

2016-07-26 06:00
Elma Akob (back, fifth from left), with pupils from around the world at the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York recently. Photo: supplied

Elma Akob (back, fifth from left), with pupils from around the world at the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York recently. Photo: supplied

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DUE to the generosity of the Upper Highway community, Elma Akob, the 2015 deputy head girl of Hillcrest High School, was able to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York recently.

Elma thanked the Hillcrest Fever for publishing her story, which caught the attention of many, resulting in her getting sponsorship to attend the conference.

“I thank all those who assisted in making this dream a reality, be it monetary, advice, prayers and publicity. All your efforts played a significant role in me achieving my dreams and I promised not to let you down, and remained true to that promise.”
The conference was at the United Nations building where they held a model UN resolution global summit.

“Prior to this event were three days of writing, editing and debating resolutions that we, as the youth, believed would aid the world and make it a better place for us and future generations in fields such as human rights, health, technology, environment, development and more.

“Out of 167 delegates representing over 25 nations I had the opportunity of leading the meeting in the UN building as the chair, which enabled me not only to control all meeting proceedings with no prior practice, but also to give a closing speech as well as hand over the passed resolutions to a member of the actual UN council.”
Elma said the selection process for the position was long and intricate as with it came a lot of responsibility.

“First we were nominated in groups of 23, which enabled seven to be nominated for the leadership team. Then we were interviewed individually, followed by group assimilation and further assessment, an essay and finally we were given A3 paper to do whatever we wanted to with it. After this we received envelopes with the decision from the organiser of GYLC.
“As the first black female chair, I was, and still am, honoured. What made this moment even more memorable was when I received a standing ovation after my speech from the 166 delegates in the UN building, a moment I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

Next on the cards for Elma is to be “president of the AU” and own her own brand, enterprise and company employing women with the aim of helping them, and in the process, children.
"W4W - women for women,” she said.

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