Youth grabs opportunity to talk at UN conference

A former GHS pupil wants to bridge the gap between leaders and the youth and tackle issues around the world.

Siphumelele Bhesi, 18, was accepted to attend the Global Goals Model United Nations (GGMUN), but needs funding to attend.

Bhesi, from Newvale Township in Komani, came across this great opportunity on social media.

At the conference, she will speak about intergenerational dialogue as she feels the youth are not given enough opportunities to engage on bigger platforms to make decisions alongside leaders. “We are the leaders of tomorrow. We should be granted the opportunity to be part of decision-making along with our leaders.

“On social media I saw the opportunity and applied. I had entered a competition hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs where I talked about rural development. That made me eager to enter this one too,” Bhesi said.

She needs funding to attend the GGMUN – R7 200 by March for admission and a total amount of R22 200 including flights and other necessities. “I am also willing to work for the funds during my university mid-term break in March,” Bhesi added.

The conference will be in Bangkok, Thailand from July 24 to 27. Bhesi said she would give a perspective as a South African youth, adding that she also wanted to get her voice across on issues of gender-based violence.

She said was very excited at the opportunity. Anyone who can help should contact her on or 065-283 2442 (also available on Whatsapp). Alternatively her mother on 071-824 7856. She said her mother would be more readily available and handling the funds as she will be at university.

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