Talk­ing about Next Gen­er­a­tion

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jack Troughton

NEXT Gen­er­a­tion World, an in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme to trans­form the lives of chil­dren around the globe, en­joyed a pub­lic launch on the Costa Blanca on Satur­day.

The Ho­tel Dé­nia La Sella hosted the un­veil­ing of a project de­signed to help young­sters achieve their full po­ten­tial by cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties within their com­mu­ni­ties.

Guests were in­tro­duced to the 'mis­sion' that aims to fight poverty in dif­fer­ent coun­tries by pro­vid­ing a sta­ble sus­tain­able life for chil­dren – help­ing the young­sters, their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­ni­ties where they live.

And through an au­dio vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion, the Next Gen­er­a­tion motto was re­peated with pic­tures of happy smil­ing kids: 'Trans­form­ing their lives one day at a time!'

Work in dif­fer­ent parts of Mex­ico is al­ready un­der­way; how­ever, the pro­gramme is al­ready be­ing rolled out in Spain, Por­tu­gal, the UK, USA, and Morocco.

UN­ESCO fig­ures re­veal 385 mil­lion chil­dren across the world live in ex­treme poverty, 124 mil­lion young­sters are out of school around the world – in Mex­ico one in two kids live in poverty; com­pro­mis­ing fu­ture hopes and dreams.

Next Gen­er­a­tion looks to re­cruit the ‘haves’ to help the ‘have-nots’. The au­di­ence was re­minded: “Chil­dren are our great­est trea­sure and are our fu­ture.”

It looks to pro­vide bet­ter hous­ing, qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, job train­ing and creation, and im­prove health and nu­tri­tion; as well as help­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and crat­ing ‘tal­ent lab­o­ra­to­ries’.

Next Gen­er­a­tion’s Efrain Morales – who leads the pro­gramme in Mex­ico – de­scribed it as a 'won­der­ful project' de­signed to cre­ate fu­ture op­por­tu­nity.

He said: “Next Gen­er­a­tion is a con­cept; it’s a new way of do­ing things and fo­cussing on pro­vid­ing a plat­form and al­low­ing kids around the world to have bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties and chances to ful­fil their dreams.

“Next Gen­er­a­tion is many things. It is a group of peo­ple from many, many dif­fer­ent places around the world; it is about get­ting the money to do this and the help of many, many peo­ple around the world who will share their ex­pe­ri­ences to help build a fu­ture for the next gen­er­a­tion.

And Efrain said he hoped peo­ple would go home think­ing of how they could help 'make things hap­pen' for the Next Gen­er­a­tion project.

“You can­not change the world im­me­di­ately; I think one fam­ily or one fam­ily we are able to change is a be­gin­ning,” he con­cluded.

To find out more about Next Gen­er­a­tion, visit the web­site: nextgen­er­a­tionworld. org.

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