We have often talked about how the future is in the hands of our youth, how crucial shaping their skills and enabling them to become changemakers is. We recently celebrated Youth Skills Day and reimagining skills post-pandemic. Education has evolved more than just text books. These two years have proven that we need to have the ability to think beyond what is seen, revamp the assets we have, and build powerful movements of change. The youth don't need a lot of life experience to become changemakers. Their resilience, creativity, energy and a fresh perspective gives incredible power to face society's challenges.
Recently, our CauseAChatter space piqued the interest of Vedica Saxena, the project director of Tagore International School, Delhi. She works with the students mentoring them around the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. After a chat with her, we were introduced to two young achievers from the school who are passionate about driving local change and fighting the good fight.
Introducing our young changemakers
Sanjana a student from class 10, works for campaigns on gender equality, LGBTQ rights and peer mentoring. She is an avid reader, writer and loves taking part in competitions. She has interned at Henry Harvin and YAH India. During that period she was one of the authors for their newsletter on Sustainable Development Goal 5 that is gender equality. She also heads a campaign that teaches the underprivileged Spoken English, soft skills and educates them on mental health. Saburi from class 12 started volunteering by performing on the streets of Delhi to raise awareness about victims of acid attacks, violence against women, drug abuse, discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities and child abuse. She has also been actively involved in the road safety revolution with PVR cinemas and a part of the Youth for No Tobacco Campaign organized by the Public Health Foundation of India. She's involved with Flawless Flaws, which works for the welfare of acid attack survivors and grooms them in spoken English and mental health. As part of Special Olympics Bharat, she enables intellectually challenged students to achieve their dreams.
The two girls along with their team are constantly on the move to see where their presence can add value and where their involvement can drive positive change.Without further ado, we'll leave you to listen to the conversation we had with them.
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