BNI host Youth Exchange Fellows from Germany, commits to global citizenship and cultural diplomacy

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On the 5th of September, Building Nations Initiative BNI received Youth Exchange Fellows from Germany serving with Protect Ozone Nigeria at BNI Youth Center, University of Ibadan. The delegation was led by Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele The Founder of Protect Ozone.

Protect Ozone Nigeria is an organization passionate about climate change and environment. The interaction between BNI members and the Youth Exchange Fellows was sparked up by their interest in what BNI has achieved specifically our Language for Humanitarian Diplomacy [LAHD]. The session was an informal meeting where we learned from one another. The Protect Ozone Nigeria volunteers led talked about the impact of planting seeds to protect the environment and eradicate poverty. The meeting began with a brief introduction of everyone and the German Fellows introduced themselves and shared what inspires them towards volunteering.

The students of the LAHD programme showed their skills in foreign language by introducing themselves in German. BNI also showed some of the impact we have made in youth empowerment such as the recently concluded Life Preparatory Academy for Development LifePAD [a lifeskills summer academy for teenagers]. It was an educative session as the fellows answered questions revolving issues around global citizenship and cultural diplomacy. It was impactful as we young minds asked questions and discussed issues affecting our environment such as Racism, Climate change, Waste management, Poverty eradication and Seed planting. During the discussion, it was said that racism is caused by ignorance and interiority complex.

We all are humans regardless of skin color and humanity should be valued above skin differences. It was also said that waste such as fallen leaves from plants can be burnt and its ashes used to grow crops. In essence, waste should be converted to serve other beneficial purposes. Lastly planting of seeds should be encouraged in order to protect the environment, curb hunger and provide those lacking nutrients for individuals.

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