Bulawayo’s youthful leadership coach and transformational speaker as well as author Njabulo Moyo has scored a first after he was selected to be part of the global platform — the World Bank summit.
BY TAWANDA TADERERA
The World Bank Group (WBG) Youth Summit 2016 kicks off tomorrow and ends on Tuesday at the Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.
It will run under the theme, Rethinking Education for the New Millennium.
“I am very much humbled and excited at the same time with mixed emotions because of the magnitude of the event and its potential to elevate my sphere of influence and network,” he said.
The World Bank Group Youth Summit seeks to give young people an active voice in creating a vision for the future of education.
Moyo said youths were the main consumers and participants in education, despite intimate knowledge of the successes and failures of modern education.
He said education was a big issue in Africa with a huge percentage of children, especially girls, not accessing basic education.
“The few that have the opportunity are found learning under a tree or in a semi-completed classroom with limited resources such as textbooks and teaching staff. This has increased the vulnerability of the African child,” he said.
Moyo added; “I hope that through this engagement with the World Bank, as young people we can submit meaningful recommendations that can result in the unlocking of financial resources and supportive projects, especially for those at tertiary level.”
He said the subject of education was so important to him because he personally struggled to get an education.
“Life in the ghetto is never an easy road and many times even if one has the opportunity to access education, the environment is never conducive for learning. There is so much pressure for one to follow the trends such as prostitution, economic migration and crime,” he said.
The summit will open with a plenary session to connect youth representatives and speakers from the WBG, the private sector, government and academia, with the objective of engaging views, ideas and debate to rethink the future of education.
Attendees will participate in workshops that would delve into the summit’s four sub-themes, giving participants an opportunity to share ideas and experience, and debate the future of education.
The subthemes include Innovation and Technology in Education; Skills for the New Economy; Gender Equality in Education as well as Education in Crisis Zones.
Moyo said the second day of the summit marks the final of the summit competition on the topic Rethinking Education: Innovative Ideas to Transform Education. The competition finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the audience and an expert jury.
Moyo has written five books, conducted motivational leadership seminars, social entrepreneurship and life skills coaching as a way of contributing to the emotional intelligence and soft skills of young people globally.
“I expect the summit to yield practical solutions with actionable points and not be another talk show as we have seen with many high-level meetings. It is one thing to gather people and discuss ideas and another to implement,” he said.
“I am grateful for the support I am getting in the United States from various stakeholders, especially my host organisation Chicago Votes and the fellowship organiser International Research and Exchange Board.”