International Youth Day 2015 Mongolia: Photo and Video ContestSep 24, 2015
Celebrating the International Youth Day 2015 (12 August) and Youth Month in Mongolia, UN Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mongolia, in cooperation with UN Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP), carried out an online photo and video contest called “Youth4Mongolia.” The contest, which lasted between 29 July and 25 August 2015, asked the Mongolian youth with two questions: “How are you contributing to Mongolia’s development? What can young people do for better Mongolia?”
The contest opened up a space for young Mongolians (aged between 15-29 years old) to share their stories and ideas on youth volunteering and civic engagement activities. The panel of judges, comprised of the contest organizers and external experts, selected three winners, who will receive Golden, Silver and Bronze Prize, respectively. The online audience voted to select the best Audience Prize. The awarding ceremony took place on 17 September 2015 in the UN house, Ulaanbaatar, and was attended by the contest winners, organizers and partners.
The Golden Prize winner, Ms. Akherke Khalik, received a language course voucher offered by Talk Talk English Mongolia. The Silver and the Audience Prizes were awarded to Ms. Anar Ariunsanaa. Anar will undertake a free media training provided by the Breakthrough Communications under the Zorig Foundation leadership program. She also received the books published by Franklin Covey Education Mongolia. The Bronze Prize awardee, Ms. Gandi Munkhjargal, won a free language course voucher presented by the Суу Сур. All young talented winners also got free tickets to the Social Good Summit Mongolia 2015, which will be held on 26th September 2015.
The submitted photos and video showed that young people in Mongolia are very active in and enthusiastic to contribute to their country’s development. Anar, the Silver and Audience Prize winner, believes in her role in Mongolia’s development, even if it was small: “I am a tiny cell, a part of Mongolia. I am the holder of the future development of my very own home country.” Likewise, Akherke, the Golden Prize winner, deeply relates to what Mother Theresa said: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
The contestants’ initiatives included but were not limited to: supporting action on climate change; improving children’s education by providing them with glasses and organizing summer English camps; renovating the children wards in hospitals; and collecting waste in the neighborhoods. Gandi, the Bronze Prize awardee, who was engaged in Waste Bucket Challenge, says: “We are doing this in order to live in a clean environment. Not just complaining about all the hard things in our country but organizing events which will help to avoid these difficulties.”
The campaign correlated with the global theme of International Youth Day 2015: “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet the opportunities for youth to be engaged politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent. The International Youth Day 2015 campaigns aimed at promoting civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life, so that young people can be empowered and bring a full contribution to society, development and peace.
We thank Talk Talk English Mongolia, Zorig Foundation, Cyy Cyp and Franklin Covey Education Mongolia for their support to the contest.