Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu

Country representing





  • University of British Columbia
  • International Development - 2016

Current organisation

A World At School

Current role

Global Youth Ambassador

Skills and Expertise

Food security

Areas of interest

Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


With newly constructed toilets in 5 schools, girls now can feel safe in schools and their self-esteem restored. Open defecation practice is almost non-existent while school absenteeism from diarrhea illness has decreased significantly. School retention rate has increased and more teachers and children stay in school. Children are becoming aware of their sexuality and privacy as the toilets are designed to meet their needs. Teachers stay longer in school to prepare lesson notes while children remain in school for longer periods in order to complete their homework just because they have access to toilets. Joannes' work was honored as one of the 2014 Youth Courage Award recipient by the office of the UN Envoy on Global Education Gordon Brown which recognizes and honor youth who have personally demonstrated courage and leadership and acted as agents of change for universal education. In May 2015, he was named one of the 200 Young Leaders by Women Deliver who are working to build a world where the health and well-being of girls and women is a priority. Last June, Joannes was among 60 young people across the Commonwealth selected to receive the first ever Queen's Young Leaders Award from her Majesty the Queen of England for his exemplary leadership and commitment in transforming the lives of others while making a lasting difference in his community. Joannes has also been named recipient of the African Youth Excellence Award for Public Service and currently serves on the Global Citizenship Education Working Group on Policy, Advocacy and Communication by the Learning Metrics Task Force of the Brooking Institute convened by the UN Youth Advocacy Group, the Center for Universal Education and UNESCO. Joannes recently joined the Youth Advisory Team, a select group within the Emerging Catalysts Network that directly impacts research on how organizations and foundations can better support youth. Joannes was actively involved in drafting the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals