The Philippines has been at it again! Following up their initial push from March through July 2013 involving the nations primary schools and youth organizations such as the boy scouts, and even significant engagement of the private sector which brought in an astounding 35,000 votes, with an equally promising an exciting advocacy initiative!
Clemence Rogers, Programme Officer of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Haiti, receives a text message at 9:30 am “I already have 40 votes from Pilate!”
A few hourslater her phone rings again, UN Volunteers are calling from the North Department: “Here in Limbe, there are a lot of people and they all want to complete the survey form, I will soon be running out of ballots!”
She cannot help but thinking about the capital “How is the mobilization in Port-au-Prince?”
A team of 20 enthusiastic youth took it upon themselves to reach out to their communities in Wayanad District of Kerala (India) to hear their unique perspectives for a better world, through the Offline My World Option Survey. For nine days, this team of youth volunteers traveled extensively throughout the district and collected approximately 500 votes, exhibiting the great role volunteers could play in development efforts.
Members of the Nigerian National Youth Corps are in the final days of tallying votes of a representative offline survey, which heard from more than 150,000 citizens across the country. With nearly 110,000 votes already counted, healthcare is leading the way among Nigerian voters, followed closely by education and governance as the next most important issues.
Corinne Woods, Director, UN Millennium Campaign, spoke on the outstanding work that took place by saying “This survey shows how important it is for the decision makers, who will define the next global agenda, to hear from the people on the priorities that most affect them.”
The simple survey which asked citizens to choose their top six priorities out of a possible 16 choices, from issues such as climate change, equality between women and men, affordable food, better roads and transportation, and more.
By Arpana Pandey and Mari Aasgaard
On Friday 15 March, the One UN Rwanda launched the offline version of the MY World Survey with the aim of reaching 80,000 children from all Districts in Rwanda within a two week period.
The UN joined with Girl Hub Rwanda to distribute and receive the offline surveys that have been translated into Kinyarwanda through Girl Hub’s “Ni Nyampinga Ambassadors.” Ni Nyampinga is a locally produced Rwandan youth brand that aims to enable and inspire adolescent girls to reach their full potential. These Ambassadors representing Rwanda’s 30 Districts will distribute the offline surveys through 200 volunteers across the country. The volunteers work as community health workers and teachers and will reach school children and those children currently out of school. Continue reading “Launch of Offline MY World Survey in Rwanda Expected to Reach 80,000 Children”