How do you think that small actions can make a big difference in lives?
“We don’t have to be great to start. We have to start to be great… to make that impact. When I started my campaign advocating for girls to continue their education in the refugee camps of Jordan, I had nothing but I had my voice.” - Muzoon Almellehan.
On the eve of International Youth Day 2017, Muzoon Almellehan paid us a visit at Unicef UK. We spoke to her about her own experiences as a refugee, activist, young person and the role her and her peers play in building peace, this year’s theme.
So who is Muzoon? She is UNICEF’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador and the first person with official refugee status to hold the position. UNICEF reports that there are currently 50 million uprooted children worldwide. Muzoon was one of these children but as she says in her “Letter from a refugee...”
"Some people call us the lost generation,
We are not lost,
We have not lost our love of learning,
We have not lost our dreams for our future,
We have not lost our hope."
Muzoon’s life was turned upside down by war but her belief in the importance of education never wavered, this same belief is what drove her to passionately campaign and advocate for the education of children, especially the girl child, in a refugee camp in Jordan.
This passion is what will drive her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In a recent U-Report poll on the education needs of children on the move, 68% of 190,810 U-Reporters polled felt lack of education created domino effect where young people’s experience of peace and stability, prosperity, friendship and healthy societies was affected. This is a view Muzoon shares not only based on her own experience in Jordan but also on her recent work with refugee communities in Chad.
When asked who inspired her? She mentioned Malala Yousafzai and Nelson Mandela, “People who fight for their rights, better lives and believe in themselves… U-Report is an amazing opportunity for young people to share ideas and their thoughts.”
We couldn’t agree more, to hear more of what Muzoon had to say on International Youth Day this year, click here: https://www.facebook.com/voicesofyouth/videos/10155641233071983/
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