Youths As Advocates Of Sustainable Development Goals

YouthSpeak Forum KL, powered by AIESEC in Malaysia, aimed at creating awareness towards youth involvement in realizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,

Cynthia Gabriel, Philip Kimpton, Zaim Mohzani and Azrul Mohd Khalib were speaking in the YouthSpeak Forum KL, powered by AIESEC in Malaysia. Attended by 80 youths from various universities, aimed at creating awareness towards youth involvement in realizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Youths As Advocates Of Sustainable Development Goals

YouthSpeak On Sustainable Development Goals


When Cynthia Gabriel, Founder of Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism was asked about how youths can contribute to the globalgoals on other ways apart of voting, she said; “It is important to start things small and simple, Volunteer in a non-profitable organization, becoming a citizen journalist to be more alert towards your surroundings and influencing your own circle of friends in a positive way”.

She also emphasized that a lot of public institutions are succumbed by corruption. "There is a lack of accountability by public officers towards corruption that is happening within their circle. The key to achieving the global goal of peace, justice and strong institution is to ensure that citizens have an access to important information, in which public institutions should be transparent in disclosing them to the public”. She said with reference to the current information policy in Malaysia.

Cynthia Gabriel, Founder of Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronysm,
Cynthia Gabriel : Founder of Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronysm

High Skill Sets And English Profeciency As Indicators Of Quality Education


Philip Kimpton, Political and Economic Counsellor of the Australian High Commission highlighted a very important weakness of our education system, “Despite the heavy investment into the education sector of Malaysia, there is a poor return on the quality of education. In the long term, most of the jobs that exists today will be obsolete. Hence it is imperative for us to equip ourselves with high skill sets. Quality education plays a part in this case to encourage people to improve their own future”. He advised to value education as a great enabler and drive to innovation and technology, prosperity and an efficient society.

Zaim Mohzani, Co-Founder of Nation Building School mentioned, “Apart of people who are fortunate like us who are sitting down here and listening to highly renowned speakers, it is essential that that we are able to connect youths who are left behind to opportunities that allows them to build themselves and their leadership skills. This is already a form of reducing inequality”.

Zaim Mohzani, Co-Founder of  Nation Building School,
Zaim Mohzani : Co-Founder of  Nation Building School

Touching on youth unemployment, he mentioned that poor command in English is a major factor to consider. “English is being viewed as a ‘dirty language’ or better said a colonial language. We are being left behind because of the deficit people have towards language other than our mother tongue. You may be surprised that recruiters are a matter of fact, not cutting down jobs, but maintaining or improving them, but there is a lack of competent talent”.

“If there is one advise from your parents that you should ignore is that fact they tell you that your job in university is to study and nothing less. Invest in opportunities of engaging in conversations, and building social skills. Be part of the discussion and narrative, and not take a passive role on how the country is shaped".

Find out more at : www.AIESEC.my

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