Here is what some of the We are the Future Delegates have to say about their motivation to participate in this event:
My name is Ahmed. I am Egyptian. I am 16 years old in Grade 11. I am in Dar El Tarbiah American School. My recent SAT score 1960. I am a professional karate player and a talented football player. My main interest in this workshop is that it will give me and many others of my age the opportunity to enhance education by expressing their opinions and thus making the world a better place. I believe education is one of the cornerstones of building a society so it is extremely crucial to present its problems and try to improve it.
My name is Alexander. I am young delegate from Georgia. I’m 14 years old and am in the 9th grade at school. I’ve never been abroad especially in a project like this and this will be my first experience. It’s great to listen how children of my age talk about the best educational system for us. It would be better to adjust my opinions to theirs and make one combined decision. It’s good to make friends abroad, I like meeting new people. Meeting children from other country will be my experience. If we discuss something together we will get closer and closer and teaches us a lot of things which we don’t know now.
My name is Arek and I’m fourteen years old. I live in Bytom. It is city in the south of Poland.
I have got many interests. I like ancient history, math and informatics. I like reading science-fiction and adventure books and playing adventure computer games. In my free time I play tennis, ride a bike or meet friends. I want to meet new friends from other countries. I like learning new things in different way.
I am Bhawna from New Delhi, India. A student of Grade XI, studying in Katha Lab School for the last 9 years. I am 15 years old and my native place is Aligarh, a small town in Uttar Pradesh. My hobbies are interacting with people, dancing, running and playing. And my aim is to bring a change in the community. I want to prove that girls play an equal role in the different sectors of the economy, not only at home. Being the first generation learner in my family, I want to take this lead ahead. I believe in change, a change which all of us want to see in the world, where we transforms our belief into action and through action we see resurgence in our communities.
Justina, the Netherlands
My name is Justina. Currently I am in my final year of primary school and this September I will attend high school. I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and I grew up in the Southeast part of the city, in the Bijlmer neighborhood. This neighborhood is known for the high number of immigrants, (relative) poverty, single-parent families, school dropouts and a high unemployment rate.
If higher education becomes more accessible and affordable for the lower classes, higher education will gain profit in the sense that there will be more diversity in the class rooms and ultimately at the labour market. This conference will give me the opportunity to learn more about the experiences in other countries.
My name is Marina, I'm 14 years old, I am in the 9th year of secondary education and I live in São Paulo, Brazil. I do a theater course in my community and through it I had the opportunity to go to “We are the Future” in Bucharest. I see the need to be discussing a matter of such importance as education. As teenagers, we are totally involved, we are the ones which still have a future ahead of us to make decisions. The big concern is if we can put them into practice if we are unable to do so, for example, if we will not have an adequate financial condition, a quality of our education and a structured family. Starting right now thinking about the future, maybe we can change it for the better.
My name is Matthias, I’m thirteen years old and I live in Innsbruck in Austria. Innsbruck is a great city with a university and a great panorama. At the university in Innsbruck, there is a program for young people with the name “junge uni”. When I was eight years old I started to attend to events of this program. In the “We are the future” workshop I want to learn more about education in other countries and I want to talk with other young people about education in the future.
My name is Melanie. I’m from Weil der Stadt near Stuttgart, which is located in the South of Germany. I’m looking forward to taking part in the workshop because I really want to make sure that everyone can get the same education I get; especially my two little sisters. In my opinion we have to work on that – not only in Germany but in many other countries. So I guess it’s a big chance for me and for those countries to find a concept of better and fairer education. I hope the others do agree with me and that we get to good propositions.
My name is Michal. I am 14 years old. I live in Slovakia, a small country, situated in the center of Europe. My home is Nitra, which is the regional city. I like reading books and playing computer games. My level of English is upper intermediate (B2). I am also learning German language. I live in a house next to the forest, so I often go for a long walks to keep myself fit. I am completing elementary school, I would like to go to the English bilingual gymnasium and university.
My name is Oya. I am from Turkey. I am fourteen years old. I study eight class in secondary school. I like maths, generally science, Turkish history and music. I play Violin. I play Volleyball very well. I have a team. I haven´t sister or brother. This year I study very hard because I have a big exam. I live in Ankara. Ankara is the capital city in Turkey. I want to come to the workshop, because I am going to introduce my country and my culture and I want to make new friends. I want to learn your culture and new information.
Hi! My name is Raluca, I am in 6th grade at School Nr. 49, from Bucharest. I like to play basketball, tennis and more than everything to swim. At school I like Math, Romanian and English languages, History and Physics. My favorite courses are the natural sciences, studying Biology this year.
I love to travel too. I was in many european countries and visited beautiful cities such as: Budapest, Istanbul, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Balchik and Golden Sands from Bulgaria or Thassos from Greece. The main reason for attending this workshop is: I want to meet students from other Children's Universities, and talk to them about education in their country.
My name is Rasul. I’m 15 years old and I was born in Chechenya. I came to Austria in 2005. At the moment I attend the Polytechnical school in Vienna and I’m youth politician at the Green Party of Austria. Later I also want to work as a politician. I applied to be part of „we are the future“ to represent the perspective of young people as an important part of our future. And I want to show and discuss the situation of people in Austria who have barriers in the access of High Education.
My name is Ruth. I am a form 2 student at the Kenya High School. I live in Nairobi, Kenya. I am a Kenyan and proud to be Kenyan. I consider education as a basic need and a key to success. In future I would like to be a corporate lawyer. I love sports, the environment, and culture. My hobbies are swimming, dancing and reading widely. I highly appreciate this opportunity and I think it is a very good forum for development of education. I look forward to this experience, thank you again.
I am Tamar and I’m a young delegate from Georgia, a little country in Caucasus. “We are the Future” will be my first experience, I’ve never been anywhere abroad and I’m very happy to be one of the delegates. I think it will be experience for me to listen how children in my age from other countries imagine the best educational system for us. Also it would be great to make more friends abroad, I like meeting people, especially people from other countries and it’s also great that they are as same age as me. Also, I think that all this workshop will help me to learn more and I will be more educated than I am now.
My name is Vlad from Bucharest, Romania. I want to participate to this conference for many reasons. First of all, I think it will be very interesting to meet children who come from all around the world. After that, I think it is even more exciting to work and exchange opinions with other children on a matter that concerns all of us. And last but not least, It will be an unique occasion to discuss with ministers of education all around the world and to tell them our opinion about higher education.