Finding new solutions to old problems
The Youth Time Global Forum in Barcelona is the unique event, which has gathered more than 100 participants from all over the world with the aim of coming to solutions for the most prevalent youth issues.
The topic of this annual event has been The New Era of Employment and Education: Solutions for Change. Young people who are looking for inspiration and people, who have innovative ideas on how to tackle these issues, have been brought together at this event.
The role of the participants has been to evaluate the proposals of others or to present their own solutions to the most prevalent youth issues of today, such as the transformation of education and the fight against unemployment
The program consisted of workshops and project presentation meetings. Also the program included roundtable discussions with prominent guests and social activities in which participants have explored Barcelona and had a chance to get to know each other better.
During the forum, youth from all over the world presented 16 projects. Only the best were honored with four awards: a realization grant for the best project, two fully-paid scholarships to the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic, and a six-month-long paid internship at the IES consulting company in Barcelona.
Vladimir Yakunin, founding president of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, an expert at the forum and a jury member, mentioned,- “The level of the projects has been high. Young people really did a lot of work and put a lot of effort and passion into developing their ideas into proper projects.”
On the other hand Julia Kinash, President of the Youth Time International Movement, pointed out that, for the first time since the movement started offering realization grants for projects three years before, participants were allowed to vote in order to choose the project they liked most. In this way they can feel on their own backs the weight of making decisions, the weight of responsibility for the lives of other people.
Both jury members and participants agreed that the winning project should be “Health for Women Community Leaders in Nepal,” an initiative created and presented by Swekshya Neupane, a recent medical school graduate from Nepal. She received a realization grant for 70% of the project’s budget. This six-month-long educational project is meant to teach 200 women in Nepalese rural areas everything they need to know about children’s healthcare.
The Project “Health for Women Community Leaders in Nepal,” is a social initiative which aims at mobilizing young doctors to educate young females of two areas of Nepal, -Khokhana and Bungmati which are quite near Kathmandu valley but hard to reach. It is a six months long project which will start in January.
The other prizes were given to Bojana Naumoska, a young entrepreneur from Macedonia who presented the project called “Start Up Academy”. She got a six-month-long paid internship at IES Consulting in Barcelona. Among the winners were student from Armenia Kristina Arakelova and Russian student Anastasiia Troshkina who got six-month-long scholarships for any bachelors or masters course at Anglo-American universities in Prague.
We have had the pleasure of having an interview with the winner Swekshya Neupane.
- What is your Project about?
-My project involves mobilization of youth in educating young female leaders regarding child healthcare.
- Why do you think this problem becomes so necessary to solve? Could you tell us any number or any percentages of the mortality in children?
This is a crucial problem in Nepal as child mortality rate is 54 per 1000 live birth. My project aims on educating females regarding causes of child mortality and take precautions accordingly.
- Any advices or suggestions for futures participants or is there something you would like to point out?
My advice for future participants is to believe in yourself and your project, no matter what.
End of interview.
These days have been a total success for both speakers and participants, who have enjoyed a place where ideas are shared.