Winta Eyob

Country representing

Norway

Languages

Tigrinya
Amharic

Education

  • Monash University

Current organisation

VMC, Victorian Multicultural Commission

Current role

Youth Advisor

Skills and Expertise

Human rights
Insurance
Women’s rights

Areas of interest

Leadership
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

My big passion is about refugees, youth and education in terms of talent. This is because I see that there is a lot to be done in the curriculum of the education sector as I feel that it is not the ideal platform for one to develop their passion or talent. My experience studying in different countries and continents, not only struggling to get the basic education, but also with no opportunity to develop your passion has taught me the challenges and at the same time the importance of education and developing talent. The challenge that comes with pursuing one’s talent specially from minority or marginalised background is undeniable. Not only in terms of community and society, but also in terms of the schools, as they strategically teach and emphasise academic success or achievement. As we all know, not everyone is gifted with academics and hence marginalising youth with great hidden talent which may even go un discovered if there are no opportunities.

Actions

I am the youth advisor of Victorian Multicultural Commission. Together with other young advisory group, we provide advice to the Victorian government, through the department of Premier and Cabinet, on issues and initiatives that affect young Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. I am part of a working group examining the level of cultural awareness in Victoria and how this is represented in media. I am also currently involved with Centre for Multicultural Youth to run a campaign addressing multicultural youth, passion and talent. I see this as a crucial campaign because it aims to create awareness of the stereotypes and labels given to youth who want to pursue their talent instead of going to tertiary education and continuing their academics. We are hoping to encourage the youth to follow their passion and take the next step to pursue their dream.