International youth summit draws warm praise from delegates

2013-10-07 00:00

AS the One Young World Summit drew to a close this past weekend, aspiring young people representing their respective countries were proud and honoured to be a part of such a life-changing event. Delegates from 190 countries across the globe came together for three days to represent their countries at the event, which serves to groom future leaders.

“This was my first time at the summit and I was inspired by this life-changing movement that brought together thousands of young people. When it was announced that the next summit would be held in my country I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Veronica Moloi, one of the delegates who represented Durban and South Africa.

Moloi added: “The experience was truly extraordinary. We learnt a lot from the various counsellors as they gave us sound and valuable advice. I have learnt so much about the struggles in other countries and have begun to realise we have similar social issues.

“After listening to several inspirational stories, I have realised that in many countries people stand up for their rights and the change they need to progress, but here in South Africa we have become too used to ‘complaining’ and not taking the right action.”

Solomon Hailesilase Gebrekirstos lives in Durban, but represented his country of Eritrea.

“Representing my country was a huge honour and a great experience for me. It has given me the opportunity to take in as much information and reciprocate it to my fellow Eritreans. I personally felt that the summit was a way of empowering everyone to work together on a global level, not just with the people that surround you daily,” said Gebrekirstos.

Rizwan Pir Muhammad, a delegate representing Pakistan, said that his experience left him mesmerised.

“The OYW-2013 has been a truly inspirational experience for the 14 delegates from APMM Group, allowing us to meet and collaborate with delegates, counsellors from around the globe.

“It was mesmerising listening to inspirational stories of Nelson Mandela from his close friends. He indeed is now a hero for us all,” he said.

The summit saw renowned public figures like Sir Richard Branson serve as counsellors for the event.

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