Some of the Nigerian delegates with Mr. Totter (3rd from right), who spoke on youth involvement in politics at the event.
Catholic Diocese of Awka-owned citadel of all round formation and qualitative education, Tansi International College, Awka (TICA), Anambra State, Nigeria excited the organizers and other participants at the just concluded 13th Annual Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
The United Nations 2017 Summer Youth Assembly which was the fourth international education trip for TICA in barely three years was held from 8-12 August, 2017, and had 110 countries from all parts of the world in attendance. Two students of the college- Peter Damian Okoye and Chibuzo Obi, both of SS3, and the principal, Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, who led the students, represented the school in the assembly conference.
TICA Nigerian delegates, who were presented with their certificates of completion of the 2017 Youth Assembly at the United Nations, also had audience with the Consul, Pamela Odibo at the Nigerian Embassy in New York, USA.
Nigerian delegates at the opening ceremony at United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA on August 9, 2017.
The Annual Summer Youth Assembly in USA started in 2004, but Nigeria started participating in 2008 and recorded the highest numbers of delegates this 2017. TICA was the only school from Anambra State that attended.
Baring their minds to Fides, the students, Peter Damian Okoye and Chibuzo Obi, said they were delighted to be part of the 2017 International Summer Youth Assembly, in which they learnt possible ways of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for developing countries and how to utilize leadership skills for societal development.
Okoye and Obi, who cited their interaction with David Baxter, an international development navigator specialist, who was one of the speakers at the conference as well as others, commended the TICA management and their parents for the opportunity given them to be part of the international conference which exposed them to optimum development.
In a chat with Fides, the principal of Tansi International College, Awka (TICA), Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, noted that the Summer Youth Assembly as well as other international education trips embarked on by the college, were platforms to get the students exposed, so as to blend with their counterparts from different backgrounds and culture, and compete favourably in the fast growing competitive global economy.
The Nigerian delegates in front of the Nigerian Embassy in New York, USA after an audience with the Consul, Pamela Odibo. Second from left (front row) is the TICA Principal, Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, 2nd and 3rd from the right (front row) are his students.
Rev Fr Onyebuchi II, who maintained that exposure was very critical to education and learning process, and a traveler was vast in knowledge than a gray haired individual, said the international excursions had widened the horizons of learning of the students.
He thanked God for the grace and inspiration He gave him and his management team to have sustained the international excursions for the past three years and still counting.
This was even as he charged the students that participated in the Summer Youth Assembly Conference to contribute positively towards societal and national development by pursuing passionately, the 17 goals of sustainable development target for 2030, saying that the youths have greater roles to play in changing the world for the better.
Fr Onyebuchi II commended the parents of the students- Sir & Lady M.E. Okoye and Prof & Mrs. Emenike Obi for believing in the management and sposnsoring their children for the conference. He urged other parents to key into the opportunity, and appealed to civil authority to subsidize the travelling cost so as to enable more students to benefit from the programme.
The principal appreciated the school proprietor and Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor for his supports, especially for the necessary documents he provided them with which made their visa possible.
He prayed God to sustain the vision in TICA, even as the college considers London, Canada and China for their next international education trips.
It would be recalled that Tansi International College, Awka made her first international education trip to South Africa in July 2015, followed by Rome, Italy in April 2016, Ghana in April 2017 and this USA trip in August 2017.