NOLLAMARA resident and UNICEF Young Ambassador Steve Muan hopes to show children how to become a role model and speak up for children’s rights.
UNICEF Australia aims to work with children and push the Federal Government fulfil its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The 20-year-old Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Year 12 student was one of nine ambassadors chosen from 450 applicants nationwide to be appointed at a ceremony in Melbourne on July 24.
The ambassadors, aged between 15 and 24, will consult with children across Australia from diverse backgrounds before compiling a report on their research which will be sent to the Government and UNICEF.
Mr Muan said the role came unexpectedly but he was excited to visit schools and discuss children’s rights with local MLA’s.
“We will have the opportunity to ask them questions about what matters to them and hopefully, we will write a report or video about it,” he said.
“Coming from Myanmar and from a multicultural background, I will be able to show kids from various backgrounds that they can go out and take opportunities and then try to be an important role model.”
Mr Muan said one of the biggest challenges for children was having an equal opportunity regardless of their race and gender.
“Education is one of the most important tools to lift people out of poverty,” he said.
He wished for every child to be in a safe environment where they could grow healthily and live their life to full potential.