A Year of Learning Through PGJ at the United Nations By Faith Yusko
Working alongside Sr. Janet, as well as the many other experienced folks through the various committees and projects that the Partnership has been involved with has greatly expanded my horizons. Learning from dedicated women and men who have devoted their lives to serving others has been inspiring! I am especially inspired by all of the Catholic sisters who use their experiences serving at the grassroots level to fuel their work in advocacy. I was in awe of the planning and leadership it took to bring people together for the various commissions throughout the year. I learned more about my own skills and abilities through the projects and programs I had a part in creating. I enjoyed helping to lead students and guests visiting the United Nations for the first time, and sharing what I have learned. Most of all, I loved interacting with people from all over the world.
One of the most important lessons I have learned is that peace-building needs to be woven into our education throughout our lives. By teaching children about human dignity, global justice, and caring for creation, we can create a stronger and safer future for all. This must be done in conjunction with efforts to heal past mistakes made by our ancestors and mistakes we have made with our contemporaries. Having learned these lessons so clearly at the United Nations, I am excited to apply these principles to my next chapter as an ACE Teaching Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. Over the next two years, I will be studying for my Master’s in Education while teaching 4th Grade Social Studies, English, and Religion in a Catholic school in Tucson, AZ. I will use the experiences I have had this year to enrich the lessons I create for my students. I have already packed up some children’s books about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and I have a nifty Sustainable Development Goals poster to hang in my classroom!
Thank you to everyone whom I have been blessed to work with and serve over these last couple of months. You have all been my teachers. Please pray for me and my future students! I will be praying for all of you and all of the leaders who continue to build peace and seek justice for all at the United Nations. God Bless!