Issue: Peace and Justice
Mcleo Mapfumo has become one of the most influential youth in Zimbabwe. He is the Youth President of Zimbabwe United Nations Association, a Youth Representative in the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) for Humanitarian Affairs, a part of the Global Youth Network, a representative to the UN DPI/NGO Cluster for Youth, and a Post-2015 Development Agenda Youth Advocate.
Mcleo works at the grassroots level to stop the top-down approach to government in Zimbabwe. He believes that the local people have been isolated, and their voices have been silenced. He aims to help grassroots organizations in Zimbabwe improve the lives of marginalized groups through the use of Agenda 2030, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) proposed by the United Nations.
Mcleo is determined to bring the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to Zimbabwe. He plans to initiate a program to translate these goals into the local languages of Zimbabwe. Furthermore, he hopes to use sign language in order to increase the number of people receive information regarding the sustainable development goals; if more people are educated, more people will work to reach these goals.
Another goal of his is to increase the amount of youth involvement and youth leadership in Zimbabwe. Mcleo believes that young people are the future for the country, so it is imperative that they work as early as possible with the government to create a better future. He is working with high school students and university-aged youth, both in and out of school, in order to get the youth interested in the future of Zimbabwe. Mcleo believes that if students participate in activities such as model United Nations in high school and university, they will want to become educated, empowered, and change the world. He also predicts that after the youth discover what issues they are interested in, these youths can then push their respective local leaders to advocate for change to meet their needs.
Experts 1Katie Zach Goldman, Lead Evaluator Katie Reusch, Partnerships Expert
Experts 2Carla Friedman, Youth Expert