Newly appointed youth representative for the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, Victoria Ibiwoye is a perfect example of how young people can make a difference.
Ms Ibiwoye from Nigeria, Founding Director of the OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning, was one of the voices heard during the Global SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee’s third meeting which took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 29-30 June.
“What if the education system in Nigeria introduced innovative approaches to learning so that no child is left behind? What if we focused on training the minds of learners to make informed decisions? What if I try to make a difference with One African Child?” were among the questions she posed herself leading to the launch of the foundation in November 2013.
As a youth-led organization, it focuses on empowering low-income community children between the ages 5-18 with life skills in global citizenship and peace education enabling them to become sustainable thinkers and change agents.
An idea born from personal experience
Ms Ibiwoye explained: “As a child, I struggled with learning at school and coping with the school curriculum. I found it difficult to assimilate quickly and communicate with my teachers and peers. I was constantly bullied because I couldn’t speak up for myself. I came to find out later in life about Dyslexia. I wish someone had been there to guide me through the difficult moments I faced as a child; feeling like a misfit.”
This year, OneAfricanChild is investing in teacher training, believing that innovative teaching has a powerful influence on a child's development and by extension on socio-economic development.
“Education is far too important to be left solely to the government or educational institutions. We have a call as youth leaders to work hand-in-hand to ensure that education for sustainable development is evenly distributed, starting with our communities,” concluded Victoria.
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