Teens to compete in Asia

2019-05-01 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedHayden Gounder (left) and Leyton Chetty were chosen to attend the Asia Youth International Model United Nations.

PHOTO: suppliedHayden Gounder (left) and Leyton Chetty were chosen to attend the Asia Youth International Model United Nations.

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TWO Heather Secondary pupils have been selected to participate in the Asia Youth International Model United Nations (AYIMUN) in Putrajaya, Malaysia this August­ and they need the help of the public to get there.

Leyton Mckyle Chetty and Hayden Gounder, who have participated in UN competitions six times to date and have come second and third in all competitions so far, say that they are passionate about problems the world faces and that they want young people to be more involved and engaged in societal problems.

“These competitions bring forward various problems that the world is facing and challenge us to look at solutions to these problems. As young people, we feel like we should not be sitting back and want to get involved and see how we can help with these problems that the world is facing because it affects us as well,” said Leyton.

Hayden and Leyton were among two of 20 000 applicants from around the world that were selected and will be competing among 800 others in Malaysia.

Speaking on the preparation needed to be ready for a competition such as this one, Leyton said that they will need a few months to prepare through means such as the Internet, book research and first-hand interviews.

“This will be our first international competition and we want to be ready and as prepared as possible. Each night while we are there we will be working together because we want to impress because there will UN representatives there as well,” said Leyton.

The two pupils say they feel extremely blessed at the prospect of going to Malaysia to represent their school and country and said they were grateful for the support offered to them by the school and its staff.

“The school has given us a donation towards raising funds already because our trip and stay has to be self-funded, but we still need a significant amount if we are to make it there,” said Leyton, who added that any assistance from the public would be greatly appreciated.

This year’s topic at the AYIMUN will be “Human security agenda in the globalised world” and anyone willing to help Leyton and Hayden in their quest to represent South Africa can do so by contacting them at 033 391 5981 or via e-mail at leytonchetty252@gmail.com.

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