Is­land teen head­ing to Uganda

Jade Knock­wood of Mount Ste­wart rep­re­sent­ing P.E.I. on 18-day tour

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Seven­teen-year-old Jade Knock­wood is about to em­bark on a jour­ney she won’t soon for­get.

As one of four At­lantic Canadian youth, she will rep­re­sent Prince Ed­ward Is­land as part of an 18-day tour to Uganda from July 7-23.

Or­ga­nized by the At­lantic Coun­cil for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion (ACIC), the Men­non­ite Cen­tral Com­mit­tee (MCC) and the Al­berta Coun­cil for Global Co-op­er­a­tion (ACGC), the ACT 4 Global Change Tour is an op­por­tu­nity for young At­lantic Cana­di­ans to in­crease their un­der­stand­ing of in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion and dis­cover how they can have an im­pact.

In Uganda, Jade will meet with other youth, staff and vol­un­teers from lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, and com­mu­nity mem­bers to learn more about the work be­ing done in part­ner­ship with At­lantic Canadian or­ga­ni­za­tions and their in­ter­na­tional col­leagues. Jade is a school leader and artist who em­braces diversity and ad­vo­cates for equal­ity for all. She’s an artist, ac­tivist, writer and a trav­eller who’s ex­cited to bring back her ex­pe­ri­ences to her com­mu­nity and school.

“I am very ex­cited for this up­com­ing op­por­tu­nity to travel to Uganda for two weeks be­cause I get to learn about the cul­ture, the his­tory and as well the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Upon their re­turn, the youth will share their ex­pe­ri­ences with stu­dents and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the At­lantic re­gion this fall and win­ter, hop­ing to en­cour­age other young peo­ple to be­come in­volved in their lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The youth will also be post­ing their ad­ven­tures dur­ing their time in Uganda on In­sta­gram us­ing the hash­tag #ACICTour.

Fol­low along with­sta­gram. com/aci­c_­caci.

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