South African Girl Plays Major Role in the MDG Summit

by Dawne on September 22, 2010

Nthabiseng addresses world leaders

Twelve year old Nthabiseng Tshabalala, a school girl from Soweto, Johannesburg is in NY this week to address world leaders during the UN Summit to accelerate the Millennium Development Goals. The target date is 2015 so there are only 5 years left.  It’s time to get serious about building a better future for all.

Nthabiseng is the youngest 1GOAL ambassador and is keeping an online diary of her experiences.  I could tell you what she said, of course, but I wouldn’t dare.  There is no way I could adequately convey her strength, her dedication and her youthful enthusiasm. Please take a moment and read, first-hand, of how this brave, young South African girl is working to help all children get an education.  It will undoubtedly be the most important and most uplifting thing you read today.

To quote Nthabiseng in her own words:

I’ve always wanted to travel, and my school is so excited that I am here in New York. So I will make the most of this opportunity to say this to you – please help. As leaders you have had the opportunity to go to school. Now you’re here, and meeting at the UN. Please help make sure that 69 million children get the chance to go to school, and have the opportunity to also be leaders one day.

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