Local student to speak at Edinburgh event
A STUDENT from Moneyglass will be one of five UK participants at the British Council’s Edinburgh Youth Summit 2012 from August 10-13.
Twenty-one-year-old Owen McMeel is tudying Product Design & Development Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast.
The Edinburgh Youth Summit is about young citizen challengers, and how they will be the bearers of a shared legacy in the future.
A group of young people from the UK and India are heading to Edinburgh in August, to look at the future of India-UK relations and their shape in the next decade or so, and how this relationship can be rejuvenated.
The Summit has been designed around the Culture Ministers’ Summit in Edinburgh in August 2012 before the Edinburgh Festivals begin.
Owen is delighted to have been asked to speak at the event: “I am excited to have the opportunity to attend another event with the British Council, having travelled and worked with Infosys technologies last year in Bangalore, I am very interested to hear about relationships, particularly trade between the UK and India. I am honoured to have been asked to speak and share my opinions on what should happen next.”
Owen has been given the opportunity to get involved with the Edinburgh Youth Summit as a result of his success on the Euro-Africa Summit in Brussels in June 2012 as part of the British Council’s Global Changemakers initiative.
Only eight people from the UK were selected from over 1500 young people from across Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The 60 selected participants spent a week sharing best practices in the areas of human rights, climate change, poverty reduction, education, HIV/AIDS, and social entrepreneurship.
When asked about his time in Brussels, Owen said: “The summit gave us a great opportunity to discuss, debate and share best practice in areas such as education, human rights and social enterprise. It was a great opportunity for me to learn from my peers from across Europe and Africa.”
Global Changemakers is a global network of a select group of young people who have a significant track record as social entrepreneurs, social activists and volunteers (ages 16-25). They meet to share ideas and best practices, and work individually and together on projects that directly impact the lives of those in their local communities.
In addition, each year, a select group of Global Changemakers is chosen to participate in high-level political and economic events, to act as advocates and to raise decision-makers’ awareness of key issues on the global agenda.
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