What was the experience of creating the video like, especially since we were all quarantined at the time?
Creating the video was extremely inspiring. COVID and quarantining definitely gave us things to think about, and structuring such thoughts into something that people could engage with and relate to – and hopefully act upon – was a great opportunity we are thankful to have had. In the end, we understand that taking advantage of this life-changing crisis to change people’s mindset is essential to make it possible to bring about the change the system needs. And we were part of that.
How do you feel about consulting with UNICEF on their upcoming campaign? Who have you met and what has this experience been like? What impact do you expect the campaign to have when it comes out?
This video truly made us feel motivated that our voices are heard. But most importantly, that hard work and passion truly pays off. The video went further than we could have ever imagined, to the extent that not only United Nations’ High Level Political Forum Leaders watched it, but that UNICEF contacted us again to work hands-on in their next campaign. Having privileged information on what an organization like UNICEF is doing in real-life time was exciting for us. We were able to give our opinion on three different video proposals for World Children’s Day, making us feel like the voice of today’s youths is increasingly being heard.
We are very looking forward to the release of the campaign as from the prompts we were able to review, there are very interesting elements regarding COVID, empowerment and taking action. These are all essential for our role in shaping the world we want to wake up in tomorrow.
What other thoughts do you have about the opportunities that you’ve had with the UN and UNICEF this year?
We feel grateful and excited for this project. We truly believe that this is an example of the type of opportunities children like us should aspire to, assuming our role in society to speak up for the silenced and empower other teenagers to do the same. To take the necessary steps in whatever field they are interested in and start changing the game. We are game-changers. Our generation is special, we were born in a connected and globalized reality, and once having the world at our feet, the only thing that’s left to do is take the lead and make things happen.