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UN Youth Voice Competition

15/05/2017

​In Mika's own words....

My name is Mika Joyce-Mangschou and between the 18th and 22nd of April this year, I went to Hobart as a Queensland delegate to the UN Youth Voice Competition, to participate in the national round of the competition.

While I was there, I met some of the nicest and most interesting people I could ever hope to meet.  The experience was one that I will never forget.   Listening to other perspectives on current social issues was fascinating, and my own perspectives were challenged and broadened considerably.   We also listened to speaker panels on issues such as accessibility to education and health care, by professionals such as lawyers, nurses, university professors and United Nations representatives

We the students, had been selected because of our unique solutions to current social issues. The competition is designed, to challenge Australia’s next generation to think innovatively about prominent social issues, and approach them with their unique perspectives.  It does this by asking youth to chose one of three topics, and provide their own innovative solution to it in a series of rounds within their state. Those who make it to the national level of the competition are then asked to provide another solution to another issue with only a month to prepare this speech. Both speeches are presented in front of three judges, whom are judging based on three sets of criteria; how innovative the solution is, the quality of the public speaking, and the structure of the speech.   I provided my solutions to the topics: 

·         "How can we promote equal access to education across Australia"

·         "How can we create a fairer justice system, for disadvantaged Australians".

I had an amazing week in Hobart.   I really want to give special thanks to Miss Webber, for being an amazing teacher and public speaking coach.  I really couldn't have done this without her.   I also want to thank all the teachers of Coolum State High School who supported me,  and my sponsors; the Sunshine Coast Council, Bill Evans Optometrists, Coolum Beach Accountants, In-TanDEM, Whites IGA Mt Coolum and Coolum State High School P&C.