A small Santo NGO has been selected to represent Vanuatu at the UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris.
Over 500 young people from all over the world are due to meet at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 26 to 28 October 2015 to ensure that youth remains top of the agenda ahead of COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference, in the context of the implementation of the new global Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2013 a small Non-Government Organisation called TEKS (Traditional Entertainment mo Kastom Sapot) based in Luganville and managed by Further Arts was selected by young participants to receive the UNESCO Youth Forum label. Over 1,500 projects were originally received when UNESCO launched a call for submissions. Projects were to be youth-led, youth-focused, and based around social inclusion, civic engagement, intercultural dialogue, social innovation, conflict prevention, or skills development.
A shortlist was made and only 15 projects were selected – 3 per region – to receive the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum Label. Out of these 1500 projects, TEKS unit of Further Arts based in Luganville was selected for its project “Engaging Rural Youth in Cultural Rights Activity in Vanuatu”.
The projects selected are both powerful and inspiring examples of youth working at the heart of social innovation and bringing about change in their communities demonstrating the power of youth-led innovation and designed to bring social change into communities across the world!
The leader of TEKS unit Delly Roy is now in Paris participating in the UNESCO Youth Forum where she will be making a presentation on the work of TEKS and Further Arts in supporting development of youth through kastom, using arts, dance and music as a medium for exchanges.
At the end of the 3-day Forum, the youth participants will compile a series of recommended action points to be presented to Member States at the UNESCO General Conference, as well as at COP21. These will include recommendations on how UNESCO should move forward with its policies and programs in the thematic areas of Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
Young participants will keep up the pressure by initiating community projects in line with their recommendations. This is vital to ensuring that young participants become the change they wish to see in the world and that the recommendations go beyond the theoretical dimension.
For more information contact Sarah Doyle/Delly Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org