Hussainatu and Hassanatu Blake
What actions are you taking to promote and protect the health and rights of women and young people worldwide?
One action we have taken was to create Focal Point Global. Our first project was the US/Namibia HIV/AIDS Initiative 2010, which was a 3 day interactive teleconference on Saturdays, Feburary 20 & 27 and March 6, 2010. This event brought students from Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust in Baltimore, MD, USA and Mondesa Youth Opportunites in Swakopmund, Namibia together over Skype to discuss HIV and AIDS in their communities. Students of both cities participated in a cross cultural exchange to develop activities they can implement to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission.
Ten high school students, six from Namibia and four from the USA, participated in two 1-hour sessions to learn the following: 1. Identify the risk factors and emerging issues of acquiring HIV/AIDS in their communities and other communities, 2. Develop a key activity to initiate at their respective schools or programs that can reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in their communities, 3. Build an international partnership through educational exchange about HIV/AIDS.
What is your vision of lasting change for yourself and for the world's young people?
Our vision is to foster global partnerships that bring about social and community change. We want to engage youth from around the world in securing change of tomorrow through online collaboration and sharing.
If you could tell world leaders one thing, what would it be?
It is essential for our youth to learn from one another to become the greatest weapon to combat issues that plague the world. Focal Point Global is dedicated to developing informed youth through innovative online peer education for social change. We are fortunate to work with others around the world, who are also committed to educating our youth for a better tomorrow.