For the past number of months we at the Partnership for Global Justice have been evaluating and exploring ways to find out the impact of the UN experience for those who come to the Partnership seminars and workshops.
This is what they said:
A student from Loreto Abbey in Toronto said that as a result of the 3 - day workshop he was "forever changed"and the concept of being a Global Citizen was both challenging and inspirational. As a direct result of the experience he had formed a group to link with a project in India for clean water.
Another student from another school in Toronto was particularly moved by the workshop on Human Trafficking and has since been in touch with the presenter for her PowerPoint and ways that she in her local area can track, monitor and highlight this modern day slavery scourge. The student concerned is involved in educating others about trafficking especially as it pertains to Canada.
A higher education student from Dublin, Ireland who is completing his Masters studies at the All Hallows' Institute was so challenged and moved by the experience that he has since set up a UN model experience and has many people now on board to look at empowerment at the grass-roots level. He was particularly moved to learn about some of our education projects and how $50 in some countries can provide a poor child with schooling for one year. He has raised money to provide education for 7 girls in Sudan.
A student from The Richard Stockton College of NJ who came with her classmates to a UN orientation provided by the Partnership wrote:
"The UN experience was a highlight for me. Here we were at one of the most important landmarks in international politics, learning about how this complex organizations works and how we as Global Citizens must play our part.
The seminar on Sustainability was mind-blowing. The presenter - Sister CJ Willie gave us practical examples on the Cow on a Loan has changed lives in rural Africa.
I consider the UN experience to be one of the most important and challenging experience that I am having as a student at Stockton College. As a result I have joined Go Global and take a keen interest in world affairs beyond the USA.
A student from a college in Pennsylvania studying international law first learned about the UN when Sister Deirdre Mullan was a Keynote speaker at her school.
As result of that experience and her subsequent decision to study international law she became involved and actually spearheaded the building of a school in Cambodia. "What happens to girls worldwide matters and I will do what I can to stand up and speak out".
On November 13, 2013 I had a most incredible opportunity to listen to and learn from professionals who work at the United Nations. While the early wake up to go to New York and the UN was not something I was looking forward to, little did I realize that I could learn and experience so much! The UN's main objective is to solve global challenges and I too want to be part of the generation who will rise to the challenge of fixing our world.