One Young World Summit kicked off on Wednesday 2nd of October in Johannesburg welcoming 1,250 young leaders from 190 countries worldwide. The Opening Ceremony that was streamed live from FNB Stadium saw the world representatives meet with One Young World Counselors. The counselors are usually global figures committed to endorsing youth issues. On this summit they included Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, and Ahmed Kathrada among others.
The 2012 FIFA World Cup Finals stadium Soccer City hosted an additional 8, 000 students from Soweto. The forums gave them the opportunity to meet the delegates and ask questions about their various countries. AHI Founder and Executive Director Gakii Biriri was one of the delegates representing Kenya during the summit. The key-note speakers were Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan and Professor Muhammad Yunus. Lira, the South African soul sensation performed along with the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The Flag-Laying ceremony had delegates present flags from their respective countries to the OYW Counsellors, the symbol of the world coming together to create change. The co-founders, David Jones and Kate Robertson welcomed everyone to the summit before Katlego Maboe, the OYW Ambassador and TV talk show host took over as master of ceremony.
The four day summit had Plenary Sessions, panels and workshops addressing educations, human rights, global business, sustainable development, leadership & government as well as Youth Unemployment.
Under education, the summit tackled how policy makers and educators can work together to equip the youth with tools and skills that meet the dynamic employment landscape experienced in the world today. It also worked to find ways to ensure that rights of 57 million children denied basic education are met. The Education Plenary Session tackled ways the world can improve the access to basic education and prepare young people for life through technology and advance schooling methods.
Sudanese hip-hip star Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier, said during the summit that education was key in changing his perception about the war he fought hard for as a child. Through the economics and politics he came to realize the war in his country was caused by resources, not the Muslims and Arabs as he was led to believe.
Check out Gakii Biriri’s profile on the OYW website.