The NGO Leadership Development Association Albania & Kosovo has, been represented at the Fédération Internationale de la Jeunesse in English International Youth Federation (IYF), an international non-profit youth organizations network governed by the present Statutes and the Swiss Civil Code, part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Youth Network.
Earlier one month ago, Marilo Meta, a 25 year old a computer scientist, applied to the IYF to take part in the prestigious academic competition.
Speaking about his experience, Marilo stated, “Empowering youth for better future has always been one of my dreams. When I heard about the upcoming IYF call of nomination, I was determined to take part. I informed my organization LDA Albania to represent them, Albania youth in Fédération Internationale de la Jeunesse in English International Youth Federation (IYF).
Marilo pointed: “It was better than I could have ever imagined. I find the opportunity to network with other students and professional from the World, which is an exceptional opportunity for horizontal exchange of experience. I perceive this also as an occasion to familiarize with good practices as a channel for my personal development. Furthermore I am using this opportunity to express my willingness to inhancing critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of the Internet and social media, so as to develop resistance to discrimination and indoctrination”
When was asked by IYF body of the competition jury Marilo stated, “It would be a great pride to represent IYF in Albania and empower the youth community for a better future, living in peace and solidarity.”
Despite his science-based background, he pointed out, “People found it strange that I have finished master of computer science, but these issues of social justice and world peace affect everyone. Fortunately I have the opportunity to work within the field of diplomacy in terms of finding solutions to these issues with the international organization Leadership Development Association.”
Discussing his experience Marilo claimed that the most enriching aspects are “Ensuring young people acquire social, civic and intercultural competences, by promoting democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion and non-discrimination, as well as active citizenship where citizens need to be able to think critically, make moral choices, take principled positions on issues, and devise democratic courses of action. Participation in the democratic process means, among other things, an understanding and conscious commitment to the fundamental values of human rights and democracy, such as equality and fairness, and being able to recognize problems such as racism, sexism, and other injustices as violations of those values.”
At last but not least Marilo declared: “This cooperation and engagement will empower Albanian youth globally, for a better world for a better future”