Nina gained confidence and knowledge from our youth outreach initiative for Rio+20 to implement a sustainable development education radio project and education tour at primary and secondary schools in her country.
Nina shared with us her success:
“My outreach for youth was as a team leader of Youth Drive. Youth Drive is an education radio program housed in the local station called Foundation radio every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm. The show is re-broadcast on Sundays from 7pm to 8pm. For more Youth Drive uploaded programs can also be found on YouTube. I organized a series of radio shows with 3 other volunteers to educate, inform and sensitize young people on Rio+ 20 and critical issues for sustainable development. I was able to reach more than 5,000 youth that are in and out of school in Bamenda, the North-West region of Cameroon. You can listen to some of our recorded shows:
Introduction to Rio+20 summit on sustainable development
The Future We Want
Food Insecurity (Food)
Unemployment in Cameroon
In addition to the radio programs, I went to 3 primary and 2 secondary schools in Bamendankwe village to talk with pupils about Rio+20. I even had the privilege to talk to the general public during some events in my community. The toolkits were of great benefit to me during the process. I was able to use the toolkits along with training I received from the webinars that were organized by EOTO World, Earth Charter International and the UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY).
From the webinars and toolkits, I gained insight of what the conference was all about and I was empowered with accurate information to deliver to my target audience. Many people, particularly young people, approached me for more details about the conference, making me a source of reliable information for my community. I prepared many copies of the toolkits and distributed them widely. Personally, this experience permitted me to boost my knowledge on sustainable development issues as well as my confidence and self-esteem as a youth activist.
At this point, I would like to continue to educate, inspire and engage youth within communities around the world on issues of prime concern to them. Such issues include the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) so that they can make informed decisions toward a sustainable future.”