Over here at the GVI- Charitable Trust we are very excited about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that have recently been adopted by the UN. The SDG are the new 15-year plan for what we need to focus on and where we need to concentrate our efforts and make a bigger impact.
Of course, we are very excited about all of the goals, but we are especially excited about Goal #4 which focuses on quality education. The National Scholarship Program in the USA allows youths the opportunity to access our GVI projects that are located all around the world. These projects will offer participants the opportunity to travel, meet new people and be involved in work that will provide them with practical skills to enhance their employability. We know that travel broadens your horizons and increases your awareness and understanding. This combined with practical, on the job training and mentorship is a winning combination!
Now that the new SDG have been adopted and made official we have new targets to focus on and work towards. It is always good to refocus and assess projects and we are going to use the SDG to do just that.
The main target that we would like to work towards are as follows:
By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
This goal fits in with our project aim to provide skills training on our sustainable development and community projects.We look forward to bringing you stories and updates about how we are progressing in relation to this goal.
In the United States there are countless youths who do not have access to opportunities that will allow them to reach their full potential. The aim of this program is be open to young leaders who have shown initiative, passion and commitment within their own community. We need to be able to provide access to skills to these individuals so that it creates a pathway to other opportunities.
It is very important for us at this point to access how we can re-launch this initiative and create more awareness so that it reaches the youth that so desperately need it. The National Scholarship Program in the US is all about offering opportunities to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The opportunities will allow them, not only to grow as individuals through life experience, work experience and training, but equip them with the confidence to work towards improving the situations of others within their own communities.
We here at the GVI-CT believe that when we have the opportunity to see and experience how other people live, work and play we can grow as individuals and becoming more aware and concerned citizens. An awareness outside of our own realities that we can bring home and use to facilitate personal and professional growth. Once we equip young people with hard and soft skills, confidence and knowledge they can return to their communities and become an inspiration to those around them.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about how we can take this initiative to the next level please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org We need your continued help and support to allow this program to expand and start to create meaningful and tangible differences.
Whilst we are still waiting for funds to come in and the possibility of developing partnerships, I wanted to share with you a success story for our Youth Scholarship Program in Australia.
Recently one of our scholars Brydie, from Queensland, Australia, completed her volunteering experience with GVI at our Nepal hub as one of our Child Care volunteers. We asked her to complete a questionnaire on her time at the project. Here is what she had to say:
How did the National Scholarship Program help you?
NSP gave me this opportunity to come to Nepal and I’ve been so grateful for all the help and support they’ve given me. I won a scholarship to volunteer with GVI f in December 2013 and since winning that they’ve always been so easy to talk to about any quires that I had. I felt so prepared that I wasn't anywhere as nervous as I thought I would be. I was put in touch with other people traveling to Nepal or that had also won the scholarship so I had multitudes of people to talk to at any time.
What were the main highlights working with GVI?
The best part about working with GVI is that you can experience the culture of the country while still seeing the differences that your input makes. The festivals here in Nepal have been a great highlight so far and also meeting all the amazing people who come and just want to help in any way that they can.
We really hope to be able to offer similar experiences to students shortly. In the meantime though, thank you for continuing to support this project. Your donations mean that once we have everything finalised, we will be able to offer more participants the chance to change their futures.
The program in Australia is seeing more successes which we hope to emulate through this project once we have the funds in place. Through the Council Scholarships we announced in our last report, I'm excited to bring you news that two scholars have been chosen! Both girls have been offered a scholarship on a Marine coastal expedition in Thailand.
Our first scholar is Meg:
I have volunteered with both the Mallacoota Pony Club, instructing and also the Mallacoota Aged Care with both the elderly citizens and with fund raising. I got my dive license at 12, however have been snorkeling since I could swim. Most of my dive experience is on hooker, as I have little access to Scuba equipment, however I have done about 10 logged dives on scuba.I have a lot of respect for the ocean, and along with diving I enjoy fishing. Both my hobbies have led to me having a passion for marine conservation. My interests are in international politics and the environment, and am currently studying International Studies at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria.
Our second scholar is Tammy, a student interested in total LandCare,a community based and government supported approach to the sustainable management and use of agricultural natural resources and school activities aimed at social justice issues.
We look forward to bringing more news about how these scholars get on!
Whilst we are still waiting for funds to come in and the possibility of developing partnerships, I wanted to share with you a success story for our Youth Scholarship Program in Australia. Two $3,000 (AUD) scholarships are being offered to 18-20 year olds by the East Gippsland Shire Council (Victoria), in partnership with Young People Without Borders, to support young East Gippsland residents wanting to participate in an incredible Asia Pacific volunteer placement in 2015.
The scholarships are an investment by the community, for the community, which give otherwise inaccessible opportunities to local young people to engage in our Asian region.
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, who is a huge supporter of young people expanding their horizons through travel, said the East Gippsland Shire Council is proud to support and engage young people from the community to access these immersive YPWB placements in Asia. "Enriching experiences in our region will support the development of the type of global citizens and intercultural leadership and understanding our community will need in the future and I encourage all young people to apply,” Cr Reeves said.
We really hope to be able to offer similar to the youths of the UK very shortly. In the meantime though, thank you for continuing to support this project. Your donations means that once we have everything finalised, we will be able to offer more participants the chance to change their futures.
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