In­spi­ra­tional learn­ing jour­ney

> Am­bi­tious young tal­ent Charis Chan ex­pe­ri­ences the sig­nif­i­cance of sus­tain­abil­ity in Africa

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

TON TUES­DAY HE J.C. Ja­cob­sen Foun­da­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Carls­berg Be­quest in Den­mark re­cently granted a full schol­ar­ship to an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent Charis Chan Wei Yenn with an in­spi­ra­tional learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of a three-week Young Global Pioneers (YGP) JOUR­NEY in Tan­za­nia from July 31 to Aug 20.

An av­enue to pledge her com­mit­ment to­wards ad­dress­ing cli­mate change and the con­cept of cir­cu­lar econ­omy, the JOUR­NEY was an en­rich­ing one as Chan ex­pe­ri­enced the sig­nif­i­cance of sus­tain­abil­ity in Africa.

2016 marked the 2nd edi­tion of the JOUR­NEY by YGP where 20 young tal­ents from 11 coun­tries were ei­ther hand­picked or un­der­went ex­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cesses. Chan stood out amongst other ap­pli­cants in Malaysia and rep­re­sented the Foun­da­tion on her quest to be­come the next gen­er­a­tion of re­spon­si­ble and global minded lead­ers through ac­tiv­i­ties, lec­tures and ad­ven­tures in Tan­za­nia as well as en­gage in di­a­logues on global trends and chal­lenges. The schol­ar­ship cov­ered all ac­tiv­i­ties in Tan­za­nia in­clud­ing flights, on-ground trans­fers, ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, in­sur­ance and pocket money for visa ap­pli­ca­tion, vac­ci­na­tions and other out-of-pocket ex­penses.

Chan said: “The JOUR­NEY was not only an eye-open­ing but also a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me! The peo­ple of Tan­za­nia have a sim­ple, sus­tain­able yet won­der­ful liv­ing. I, in par­tic­u­lar, was very in­spired when in­ter­act­ing with kids of SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lage in Zanz­ibar and truly en­joyed learn­ing the sus­tain­able liv­ing of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of dif­fer­ent tribes. This gave me a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the var­i­ous so­ci­etal roles and how this di­ver­sity is vi­tal in a cir­cu­lar econ­omy.”

“It was def­i­nitely a bucket list ex­pe­ri­ence across the con­ti­nent – when we vis­ited the Ngoron­goro Con­ser­va­tion Area, I spent a day spot­ting lions, ele­phants, hip­pos and ze­bras and soaked in the en­chanted realm of coral reefs and man­groves. I have not only learned about the bio­di­ver­sity of coral reefs and man­groves but have gained a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the tremen­dous ef­forts on wildlife con­ser­va­tion that I saw in place at the con­ser­va­tion,” Chan com­mented when com­mit­ting to spread the im­por­tance of cli­mate change go­ing for­ward.

“We are pleased to spon­sor Charis Chan, a hum­ble but am­bi­tious young tal­ent to ex­pe­ri­ence the JOUR­NEY. Our Foun­da­tion, a phil­an­thropic arm of Carls­berg Malaysia, is com­mit­ted to pro­vide equal op­por­tu­nity for ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion of Malaysian stu­dents, es­pe­cially those from a non­priv­i­leged back­ground”, Pearl Lai, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of J.C. Ja­cob­sen Foun­da­tion shared.

“We en­cour­age knowl­edge build­ing of young Malaysian tal­ents in un­der­stand­ing and cham­pi­oning causes around hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able ecosys­tem. The JOUR­NEY is a plat­form that meets the mis­sion of the Foun­da­tion. It sup­ports the legacy of our founder J.C. Ja­cob­sen on his vi­sions for a sus­tain­able world.”

Or­gan­ised by YGP, the learn­ing ar­chi­tec­ture of JOUR­NEY is de­vel­oped by Prof Subra­ma­nian Ran­gan, Prof of Strat­egy, INSEAD, in part­ner­ship with com­pa­nies, uni­ver­si­ties, SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lage, Save the Chil­dren, WWF and other af­fil­i­ated or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“To­day, we change to­mor­row. YGP is all about fa­cil­i­tat­ing global in­sights and en­gage­ment, en­hanc­ing in­ter­cul­tural skills and cre­at­ing world­wide youth net­works and friend­ships. We be­lieve that in­ter­cul­tural un­der­stand­ing paves the way for mu­tual re­spect. This type of cross­bor­der in­ter­ac­tion and net­work­ing will ig­nite re­spon­si­ble and con­scious fu­ture lead­ers, ready to take on the so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic chal­lenges of to­mor­row,” said Dr Bir­gitte Hage­mann Sn­abe, Founder and CEO of YGP.

Chan will con­tinue to en­gage in

the YGP Tal­ent Net­work and take part in the peer-to-peer in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­flec­tion that will be or­gan­ised by YGP. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit https:// www.face­book.com/ YoungGlob­alPioneers/

The Young Global Pi­o­neer Learn­ing Jour­ney in Tan­za­nia 2016 wel­comed 20 tal­ents from 11 coun­tries. Chan from Malaysia par­tic­i­pated through the Carls­berg Be­quest Schol­ar­ship.

Chan learn­ing and en­gag­ing with Ma­sai women.

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