Teenager from Orissa represented India in J8 summit, Rome

{ Posted on Jul 11 2009 by }

Orissa India

Sanyukta Pangi, 16-year old school girl from Koraput has been nominated for attending J8 summit, an initiative taken by Unicef to globalise education.J8 or Junior 8 is a meeting of 52 youngsters from G8 countries and non-G8 countries India & Brazil.

India, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain, the US, Brazil, China, Egypt, Mexico and South Africa are the countries whose representives  attending the week-long event.

‘If I could ask the world’s leaders to prioritise one thing to help children, it would be education,’ Pangi said on her selection for J8 summit, a youth summit being held parallel to the G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy.’I had to struggle to go to school. If I hadn’t convinced my father to let me continue going to school I would not have been at the J8,’ said Pangi, who is among the 14 people in the 14-17 age group selected to meet the global forum.

The invitees have decided to address issues in education, climate change, children’s rights in the context of the global financial crisis and poverty  and development in Africa.The Orissa teenager Pangi, who wants to become the district collector of Koraput in the next 10 years, said: ‘I want the leaders to know about what tribal girls are facing in India.’

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