University of Fort Hare final-year student Esethu Sotheni, 22, has been selected to be part of the Global Goals Model United Nations (GGMUN) that will to take place from January 11 to 14 in 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is one of three Eastern Cape participants who will represent the country.
Sotheni runs a non-profit organisation called Shaping New Minds, which aims to promote literacy in rural areas.
“We do this in the form of career exhibitions which we host annually, reading clubs for children in primary and high school, and motivational tours,” said Sotheni.
GGMUN aims to provide a platform for young future diplomats to encourage themselves to in understanding global issues and its policies.
“I am also part of various organisations that seek to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) launched in the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.
“For the past five years, I’ve dedicated myself to community development and working towards achieving the SDG by 2030,” said Sotheni.
He said the conference would afford him an opportunity to meet with other agents of change and to understand the world’s issues that are related to the SDG’s collection of 17 global goals.
“By the end of this, it is my hope that we will come up with solutions to make the world a better place to live in.”
Sotheni said he planned to dedicate himself to sharing all of the knowledge and skills he would learn at the GGMUN to help young people in rural areas, while also being an active voice for them in both national and international spaces.
“I would like to be funded for this conference as I cannot afford to pay for myself. The total calculated cost is R25,000 which will cover flights, registration, visa, accommodation and food,” he said.
Sotheni has to have paid R6,400 by October 26 if he wants to secure his spot.
Anyone who wants to assist, can contact Sotheni call him on 078-912-1588 or send him an e-mail at him at firstname.lastname@example.org.