Schools’ Peace Week Ambassadors 2017
Emma Cooper-Williams! She has been ambassador for Schools' Peace Week for two years now and we are honoured to have her join us again this year!
Emma is a singer, songwriter, and avid supporter of social change. In 2014 at the age of 15 she won the Play It Strange Peace Song Competition and received a five week scholarship to Japan. Emma is an administrator for FairWay Resolution and also tutors a workshop for drums for young people with disabilities in drumming, is a host of the What Would You Do? segment on Sticky TV. This year Emma is also a participant on the Be. Leadership programme that runs throughout the year. Emma is studying for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland in English and History, and is also the undergraduate representative on the Disability Advisory Committee at the university. She is releasing an EP later this year. (About her Song "Stranger" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqlVC7eOobs)
Like her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/emmacooperwilliamsmusic/ to learn more about her music and follow her instagram @emmacooperwilliamsmusic
Tamkeen Saeid. Tamkeen is an 18 year old Afghan refugee who is incredibly passionate about helping and working alongside her community. Tamkeen's parents sacrificed what they had in Afghanistan and moved to New Zealand in 2001 with her three siblings and her in the hopes for a more secure life. Since then, Tamkeen has always had a passion for social justice and peace. She's in her first year of a conjoint Bachelor of Law and Arts degree which she hopes will lead her to working as a human rights lawyer within a human rights organisation in the future to help as many people as she can and advocate for those who don't have a voice.
She is a strong believer in the ability of the youth to create change within society and thinks that a peaceful environment begins with actions taken by youth. She was Deputy Head Girl of Auckland Girls’ Grammar School last year and has participated in the NZ Model UN, Aotearoa Youth Declaration, the NZ Centre for Global Studies conference, the AGGS Human Rights Group and the UNESCO International Education for Sustainable Development Conference which have all helped her to gain a better understanding of our rising global community and the importance of global citizenship.
Tamkeen's visions for peace include a harmonious balance and coexistence between different age, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic groups within society. This includes the acknowledgement of our roles as global citizens to protect the rights of everyone within the global community that we live in. In order to achieve peace we must not look at our differences, but instead at our similarities to have a better understanding of each other and to come together as a peaceful community.
To get in touch with Tamkeen, follow her instagram page @tamkeensaeid.
Jonjon Cowley Lupo is Blogger, Drag queen. A fierce person who loves all things creative, living unconventionally & out of the box day by day. Jonjon feels that peace happens when people are educated so that they can understand issues more deeply – that all people will be accepted no matter the race, colour, religion, or lifestyle. Speaking life to everyone.
Jonjon’s website: http://siponthishottea.simplesite.com
Shyrailym Amanturlykyzy, a 17 year old high school student from Kazakhstan.
She is active in local youth-led society organisations and projects and she enjoys sport and tourism. She wants to work to create peaceful change for Kazakhstan and thinks that “Schools' Peace Week” is a great opportunity to put this into practice. She believes that to succeed in this mission, we need to awaken to our highest potential as peace-builders and start creating a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world.
Find her on Facebook: amanturlykyzy.shyrailym and Instagram: @shyrailym12
Eugen Vlassov. Eugen studies at the Kazakh-German University in Almaty (Kazakhstan). He was a member of the world's largest non-profit student-run organization AIESEC, which develops young leaders with impactful professional and volunteering experiences to activate their leadership potential, social entrepreneurship and offers internships around the world.
Also Eugen is a volunteer, trainer and coordinator of the international Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER). The main activities of Y-PEER are the promotion of peer education, gender equality, improving the health of young people, sexual and reproductive health and rights, family planning, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, and the development of leadership potential of young people. Being a member of Y-PEER (Youth Peer Education Network), gives Eugen the opportunity to organise and implement different activities in Kazakhstan and to participate in international meetings and conferences, such as “The annual Advocacy Training for young people in relation to their voices and priorities in Central Asia and Eastern Europe” in Sofia 2014, Bulgaria and “CSOs (Civil Society Organisations) and UNFPA Global Strategy Meeting: ICPD Beyond 2014 and the Post 2015” in Istanbul, Turkey.
What does PEACE for Eugen mean? Here is his answer:
P - Participation of young leaders in decision-making process, not only government leaders or heads of business.
E - Education of all people around the world about global peace development, leadership and peace-building through trainings, conferences and sessions.
A - Analysis and Evaluation of the outcomes and results.
C - Cooperation and Coordination of the campaigns, activities of peace-building.
E - Engagement of all people around the world in that process.
Eugen says: Let’s work together to make this world in a better place for living!
If you want to chat with Eugen, here are his social pages:
Satya Ranjan Swain is a Delhi based Advocate practicing in the Hon’ble High Courts and the lower courts in different states in India. He is representing the Central Government in cases pertaining to Money Laundering, Extradition, Land Acquisition, civil, service etc. Staya loves to work to help the needy in his community. He offers Legal-aid to poor and needy persons, he does pro-bono cases for a child rights organization. Recently, he has led a delegation from India to the Ship for World Youth Leaders as the National Leader.
Last but not the least, he intends to work for people across the globe; and most importantly on World Peace, Inclusive development and Social change.
We hope that our ambassadors will inspire your students to be proactive in peace-building and to be the change they want to see in the world! They can connect with the ambassadors on our Facebook page.