LOCAL resident, Monga Mukasa, 19, has been named among UNICEF Australia’s latest cohort of young ambassadors, where he will now engage with children and young people on child rights issues, gauge the views and interests of Australia’s young people and represent their views as a youth spokesperson.
Now a first-year University of Canberra student, Monga was selected as one of nine young ambassadors from around Australia, with an extraordinarily diverse range of experiences between them.
Monga arrived in Australia in 2005 as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in Shepparton prior to moving to Canberra for his studies, saying he applied for the program because of his experiences.
“I came from a war-torn country where children couldn’t be children but now, having the opportunity to live in a country where there is education, where there is protection and children can be children, that’s what I’d like to do: to work with children, to consult with children, to understand children better and also to learn from them and to share my experiences as well.
“What I’m really looking forward to is to interact with young people across Australia, young people regardless of wherever they are, to know what young children think, what they what and what changes they would like to see.”
UNICEF Australia CEO, Norman Gillespie said the new young ambassadors were the epitome of children and young people’s right to participation.
“It is a pleasure to welcome these nine extraordinary young people into the role of UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors. They bring an incredible range of life experiences to their role, from around Australia and the world.
“I look forward to working with them over the next 12 months while they work with young people around the country to seek their opinions on matters of importance to them.”