Abdelrahman Ahmed: YUVA Sustainable Development Goals

My name is Abdelrahman Ahmed, I am 19 years old and I am from Egypt lives in the capital which is Cairo, I am studying business administrative in Misr International University “MIU”. My major is Marketing which is the art of convincing the other people to follow your service, product or policy. This major is interesting for me because when I was 12 years old my father get to me a small job as training in a bakery company as sale man assistant, for me it was the beginning in this career as I saw and communicate with different kind of people as a result for me it was huge adding value to my personality, and after that I used in each summer break to go and work in a company as training, I worked in shell oil distribution and reach back for bakery.

I joined AIESEC organization in 2015 and I searched many time to a project related to adjust between the men and women till I found the project I-exist Women Right in Mauritius I looked for this project as the most suitable project to my personality, for me I see that that the differentiation between the male and female is a huge problem that we have to look for a solution for it. We can separate between men and women but not differentiate between them, each one of them have his own right and his own obligation.

The topic I will choose in YUVA is the ‘Gender Equality’Goal 5, because as I said before it’s the one related to the men and women adjusting, when you are talking about gender equality than you have to make sure for this important specific point which is the ‘power’ how much power or authority do you have while talking your action or your decision? To obtain the power those three point should be offered the first one you should have several option secondly you have taken a choice and finally the control.

Women’s right is divided into three parts, the first one which is the social right she have the join the society and interact with the people she choose, moving to the second part which is the economical right that’s allow her to work in several places and with differentiation between her and the man, and finally the political right that’s allow any women to attend in the Perlman and take the right of voting.

Kritish Nudurchand, new President of YUVA District Plaines Wilhems

The National Board of YUVA held a meeting on 30 January 2016 at YUVA Head Office. Office bearers voted Kritish Nudurchand as the new President for YUVA District Plaines Wilhems.

Kritish has immense experience in youth development and more importantly, on creating and promoting the concept of Generation Unified where people with and without intellectual disabilities come together through Special Olympics Mauritius sports programmes and the engagement of Mauritian youth.

Do you live in the district of Plaines Wilhems? Join YUVA today! Click here

Did you know? [YUVA Operational Structure]

YUVA has a National Board where appointed members act as policy makers of the organisation. The National Board is constituted by a Chairman & National President, General Secretary, Head of Research & Development, Head of Social Media, 12 Advisors and 9 District Presidents. The Board plays a key role in coordinating activities: bringing potential partners together, facilitating the overall flow of information, helping identify where there are opportunities to collaborate, and supporting that collaboration.

Under the National Board comes the District Boards, where YUVA has appointed a President for every district of Mauritius. The District Presidents work towards creating local YUVAs in every ward/village/town found in their territories.

At the end, the local YUVA Presidents become District Board members, chaired by their respective District Presidents.

Web Officer Internship

YUVA internship programme offers an outstanding graduate-level student the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to YUVA’s work with the objective of deepening his/her knowledge and understanding of YUVA’s goals, principles and activities. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various professional aspects. Interns are not financially remunerated by YUVA.

Objective of the internship: Intern assignment is an opportunity to learn through experience and develop relevant professional and soft skills. It will provide young specialist with a way to meaningfully contribute to peace and sustainable human development results. NOTE: YUVA internship programme is completely voluntary, no remuneration or stipends will be given.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Digital Media team, the Intern provides the support in carrying out the proper maintenance of YUVA’s website.

The Web Services Section (WSS) oversees the design, development and presentation YUVA’s website. WSS promotes best practices for web development and other Internet-related activities, including posting of articles and generating content. WSS also elaborates strategies to ameliorate the functioning of the website and to boost its number of visitors.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Web Development Manager, the intern will specifically be responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating daily maintenance on the Website.
  • Conceptualizing and creating dynamic web pages; drafting, editing, designing and updating web pages as needed and providing specialized editorial, design and programming assistance.
  • Posting articles as per request of Head of Section.
  • Prioritizing needs and monitoring web content regularly.
  • Developing and managing relationships with media partners to raise profile of the website, in conjunction with the other web officers.
  • Performing any other task assigned by the Head of Section as necessary.

Functional Competencies


  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the YUVA and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Sustainable Developments 2025.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration.
  • Ability to work under stress.
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments.
  • Observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
  • Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Interns must have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Team Work:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals.
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise.
  • Is willing to learn from others.
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda.
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Technological Awareness:

  • Keeps abreast of available technology.
  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office.
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks.
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience.
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Must be enrolled in a 1st year or above university degree in Information systems Marketing, Communication, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme.

Setting and Reporting

The selected intern will work in line with the Web Development Manager. No transport is required as the intern will work directly from his place of residence but the intern must be in permanent contact with the Digital Media Team.

Apply Now

Applications should be emailed to: socialmedia.yuvamauritius@gmail.com by 29 February 2016. When sending to this mailbox, please ensure that the position you are applying for, ‘Web Officer’, is quoted on the subject line.

Job application form: Download Here

NOTE: After completing the job application form, please convert it to .PDF format and send it, along with a Cover Letter, to the following e-mail address: socialmedia.yuvamauritius@gmail.com.

Become our Blogger – Have your voice heard

Do you have a passion for writing? 

Do you care about social, psychological, cultural, educational, technological, environmental, economic or any other issues relating to #YUVASDGs?

Do you want to make effective use of your words and as a weapon to cause a positive impact, to inspire and motivate others?

YUVA is launching its blogging platform program. This program will give you a chance to volunteer for YUVA, to enhance your creativity, writing, research and critical thinking competencies and will enable you to connect with various other promising young people nationwide and all over the world within a global digital dialogue.

What do I need to qualify?

  • Your age doesn’t matter as long as you are young in spirit.
  • You should have internet access to stay active and participate on our website and social media platforms.
  • No travel is required. Articles can be written wherever and whenever as your own convenience.
  • Ability to blog in at least ONE of the following languages: English or French.

How long is this blogging journey?

  • 6 months with possibility to extend.

What will I gain from the YUVA Blogger Platform?

  • Improve your writing skills
  • Get a clear picture about critical issues our society  and youth are facing
  • Gain new insights into development issues
  • Explore and learn about new digital media
  • Give youth a voice

What are the requirements?

  • 1 minimum post per week

How should I apply?

Applications for YUVA Blogger is available throughout the year. Applications should be emailed to: socialmedia.yuvamauritius@gmail.com. When sending to this mailbox, please ensure that the position you are applying for, ‘Blogger’, is quoted on the subject line.

Job application form: Download Here

NOTE: After completing the job application form, please convert it to .PDF format and send it, along with a Cover Letter, to the following e-mail address: socialmedia.yuvamauritius@gmail.com.

YUVA Sustainable Development Goals: Mauritius Youth Parliament, Session 4

YUVA is organising a forum on the “Sustainable Development Goals – 12 Goals to Transform Mauritius” with YUVANs, secondary school students, university students, government officials, NGO representatives and personalities from the corporate sector as participants.

In this context, YUVA invites you and officials of your organisation as participants on Friday 26 February 2016, from 09:00hr to noon at Municipality of Port Louis.

As YUVA notes, this year is a time for national action. From January 2016, YUVA adopts 12 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve extraordinary things in the next 10 years: end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, and protect the island. These Sustainable Development Goals set a course to achieve these objectives – for people everywhere. This is a time to feel hopeful, not hopeless, about our national future.

This is an era of historic opportunity. We can be the first youth generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined youth generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last youth generation to be threatened by climate change. With the adoption of a new development agenda and sustainable development goals, we can set Mauritius on course for a better future. The Goals serve as YUVANs’ to-do list from January 2016 to December 2025. The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next 10 years in areas of critical importance for Mauritius.

We rely on your collaboration and shall be pleased to have your presence for the Mauritius Youth Parliament‘s session 4.

MYP - Session 4 - Poster

MYP - session 4

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of Holocaust

The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”. 

The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holocaust, which resulted in the destruction of nearly two thirds of European Jewry, remains one of the most painful reminders of the international community’s failure to protect them.

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme seeks to remind the world of the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.

The Outreach Programme was created at the request of the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 60/7, adopted on 1 November 2005. The United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) has taken the lead in creating a broad initiative, designed to encourage the development by United Nations Member States of educational curricula on the subject of the Holocaust, and to mobilize civil society for education and awareness.

The “Holocaust Remembrance” resolution also designates 27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust – observed with ceremonies and activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and at UN offices around the world. The 2006 ceremony in the General Assembly Hall drew over 2200 people, and was viewed by countless others globally via webcast and live television broadcast.

Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirms that ‘the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one-third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice”.

In addition, resolution 60/7 rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part, and commends those states which have actively engaged in the preservation of sites which served as Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labour camps and prisons during the Holocaust.

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 61/255 adopted on 26 January 2007 also condemns any denial of the Holocaust and urges all Member States unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust.

UNDPI has embarked on a number of activities, including special events, film screenings, discussion papers from leading academics, information materials, partnerships with intergovernmental organisations and other initiatives, to encourage awareness and remind the world of the threat posed to us all when genocide and crimes against humanity are allowed to occur.

About UNESCO and Holocaust Remembrance

At its 34th session of the General Conference in Paris in 2007, UNESCO adopted by consensus 34c/61 resolution on Holocaust Remembrance. The resolution requests the Director General to consult with the United Nations Secretary-General on the programme of outreach on the subject of “the Holocaust and the United Nations”, with a view to exploring what role UNESCO could play in promoting awareness of Holocaust remembrance through education and in combating all forms of Holocaust denial. It also requests the Director-General to report the results of these consultations and his recommendations to the Executive Board at its 180th session.

The two programmes complement each other: while the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme aims to mobilize civil society for Holocaust and education in order to prevent future acts of genocide, UNESCO seeks to promote Holocaust remembrance through education.

150 Young Leaders for World Village Conference 2016 – Indonesia

150 selected international young leaders are invited to participate in the World Village Conference in Purwakarta, Indonesia. WVC 2016 is an event to celebrate village ecosystem, packed with inspiring speakers, skill-building programme and a variety of exciting opportunities.

The participants will get involved in workshops and discussion with international prominent speakers, home-stay and knowledge sharing with the locals in Purwakarta, and networking dinner with industry and business stakeholders.


Applicants must be between 17-30 years old, have experience in village development and can include:

  • University students around the world who have understanding on village-based economy, agriculture, culture-based economy or any field related to village-industry.
  • NGO representatives who have experience or deep enthusiasm on village development and village-based industry.
  • Researchers or academicians who have knowledge and can add value on developing village economy while preserving its culture.
  • Business owners or professionals who are interested in investing in Purwakarta village industry.

Applicants must also be members of (or affiliated with) non-government and non-for-profit youth-ed organisations, networks, initiatives or movements (led by youth for the benefit of youth) and have the ability to consult with and reach a wider group of young people, audience or network.

A fluent understanding of English is required, and all applicants must hold an international passport valid until at least November 30, 2016.

Financial support

Purwakarta Regency will cover:

  • Hotel, meals, and accommodation.
  • Transportation from and to airport and the venue in Purwakarta.

How to apply

Fill in the application form online, which requires your details, a CV and an essay.

The essay topic should be on “Village Industries”, along with the reasons to participate in the programme, implementation methodology of their ideas, and commitment to build Village Industries in their country.

For more information, visit the official page of the World Village Conference.

Deadline: May 22, 2016 (or until spaces run out)

Krishna Athal: My New Year Message to Our Youth

Leaving 2015 behind, we are given the chance to start with a clean(er) slate this year.

Now is the time for every single person deemed to be a ‘youth’ to stand up and be present in the present. The future is for the youth, yes, but more importantly the present is just as much for the youth too. It is high time that we break all of these out-dated societal norms and make room for how life really is these days. The youth have a stronger voice than they tend to realise and the potential action that lies in that collective effort is even more powerful than anyone cares to think.

I believe now more than ever that there is remarkable potential for the world to see change and this responsibility rests solely on the shoulder of our youth to stand up and be seen, heard and respected. Too often, the youth are silent when told to be, and I sincerely hope every youth understands what role they have in the greater scheme of things. The key to this strength is, for starters, embedded in the concept of respect. A sense of respect that starts from within by respect for ones self and then continues externally by having that same level of respect for others.

Let us not come together enthusiastically only to lose courage when it comes time to act on our ideas. Instead, the youth should be focused on a collective effort of encouraging each other and their surrounding communities to act. This exercise of executing one’s dreams and ambitions is contagious and emboldening, and thus has the potential to create a marvellous ripple effect that only society can benefit from. This is why I think YUVA is a key to this step. At its core, it brings together young people from all walks of life that all have one thing in common: effecting change! YUVA’s founding principles are stronger than ever one year later and will continue to bring youth together to make a difference in their communities and regions.

At the recent International Forum for Good Governance that was hosted by YUVA, I noted with pride and relief that there seems to be a sense of discontent among some of the youth candidates that attended the forum. This discontent is that youth are fed up with being placed in the corner and not having their voices heard. But more than just being fed up with the way that the world has predetermined the fate of youth, they realise that the only way change is going to ever come about is by starting with a change within themselves. A change in the way each and every one of us think is the key to changing everyone else’s perceptions too. If there is one thing that the youth of today understand, it’s that of getting things to go viral. Why can’t this be applied to perceptions about the youth more so from the youth themselves?

Another point that stood out for me was that this change is not only a change in mind-set, but also a change towards a society filled with far more integrity than there currently is. The youth present an opportunity for a vicious cycle to be broken and replaced by a far more conscious society for future generations to come. Why do the youth need to follow examples when the examples that are being set are far from anything worth learning from? Corruption, abuse of power and greed – just to name a few things – are the current standard and hardly worth passing on for future generations. We find a lot of youth fighting vehemently not to fall into this same trap that people have fallen into before us and not to become the same kind of people that they became.

Reflecting on the past year brings about a sense of bittersweet memories from releasing my first book ‘Ramrajya: An Enigmatic Leader’s Rise to Power’, being involved in the establishment and operations of YUVA and watching a slow degeneration on the island of some youth through things like crime. Mauritius needs to recognise the talent and capability our youth force has instead of remaining so hell bent on reforming them into what they feel is an acceptable version of what the idea of youth should represent. Is it not time for a change in perceptions? Are we, in the year 2016 not entitled to expect this and why not from our youth? I sometimes find myself asking, “Do youth really share an interest in bettering their and their society’s wellbeing?” In some cases, no, because a fair share of our youth have a keen sense of apathy and ignorance when it comes to this. However, the share of youth that don’t share this sad sentiment are our chance and our hope for a better tomorrow as well as better society in the future. This is where I place my hopes and confidence.

So yes, the youth have indeed got a task in front of them. But it is a task that is worthy of its level of difficulty because it is not only for their benefit but for generations to come too. The future belongs to us all but the present is what we need to focus on to make sure we have a future to look forward to. Now is the time for youth to stand tall and more than anything, stand together. One voice may never be heard, ten maybe not, but thousands and thousands cannot and will not be ignored. The mould of what is supposedly expected of the youth needs to be broken desperately. In short, my words to the youth today mean to impart a sense of saying that nothing is impossible to achieve.

I believe it is not a far fetched idea or notion but only that the youth need to have more confidence in themselves and not simply sit back and inherit their voices. This notion of entitlement is a dangerous one and something that also needs to be shattered sooner rather than later. We will never learn by having it all handed to us and being told to continue along the path that has already been forged. It is the youth’s responsibility to forge new roads and break new ground because no one but the youth is going to do it for the youth.

The road ahead is one that requires courage and strength and the ability to go against the grain so to speak in order to succeed but like I said before, it is not impossible. Our youth only needs to see it and believe it in their own hearts. So, to our youth, I wish a prosperous, courageous and success-filled 2016. May the efforts we put in today, benefit us tomorrow and forever more!