2017 Youth Global Citizenship Education Outreach(Vietnam)
For the strengthening capacity of Global Citizenship Education, United Nations Academic Impact Korea (hereafter, UNAI Korea) proceeded in the Youth Global Citizenship Education Outreach following last year. As the need for "expansion of social participation by young people through entrepreneurship" and "strategy of spreading the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" have emerged, this year was held a 'Global Entrepreneurship' workshop along with educational programs. The outreach took place in Vietnam Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh jointly organized by ‘UNAI Korea’, ‘UNDP’, ‘HATCH’ ‘WFUNA’ and ‘Yonsei University Social Innovation Center’ from July 23 to 30.
In this outreach, about 150 Vietnamese university students, businessmen and entrepreneurs participated in the meeting to select the problems of the three major cities in Vietnam and to diagnose them by combining SDGs, and to implement real solutions through business plan. The program offered a variety of specialist lectures on social impact business plans and strategy formulation, and had the opportunity to plan projects for each team. The final three selected teams will receive an initial investment capital of $ 5,000 and an opportunity to incubate business plans that are actually derived over the next six months.
During the workshop, 12 UNAI ASPIRE Korea students selected through UNAI Korea were dispatched from Korea. Korean students received pre-training through professional lecturers three times prior to the local schedule. The training included multi-dimensional content such as global citizen education, UN SDGs, activities of international organizations and project management. In particular, during the workshop, Korean students were selected as team leaders of Vietnamese youths, and they were given the opportunity to lead the team-projects with experts.
Heum Go (26) from Handong Global University, who participated in the outreach, said "This was the time to check out the changes in the Vietnamese participants”, “I could feel the passion of the participants who want to build social value through a successful business model and create a better Vietnamese society". Another participant Bo-woo Choi (23) said, "The people who received the greatest benefit from this outreach were ourselves, and we could feel a little growing through small and big trial and error".
UNAI Korea plans to continue its ongoing projects to enhance youth social participation and exchange with developing countries in order to strengthen the capacity of Global Citizenship Education.