2019: Looking back at QCT's highlights!
As 2019 draws to a close, QCT is reflecting on what has been a momentous year. Over the past 12 months, young people across the Commonwealth have worked with us to tell their stories of leadership and share their advice and guidance with others around the world. Our community is continuing to grow, and we were delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Sussex as our Vice-President earlier in the year.
Together we are #TeamQCT. As a community, we have shared and celebrated the work, achievements and combined strength of all those working hard to bring about positive change in their local communities and beyond. Scroll down to see more of what got us all excited over the past year!
Supporting more brilliant projects
As well as recently launching our new referral-led grant-making programme in Sub-Saharan Africa, we were also delighted to welcome Eco Brixs and GirlDreamer into the QCT family of funded projects in 2019. Eco Brixs is a youth-led organisation tackling plastic waste whilst creating new employment opportunities in Masaka, Uganda. GirlDreamer, an empowerment platform for women of colour, is led by Amna Akhtar and Kiran Kaur. It provides leadership development and community sport initiatives focused on social inclusion and the belief that all young women of colour should be empowered to do, be and achieve more.
Launching new resources
In June 2019, QCT was excited to announce the launch of a dedicated Resources section on our website. We launched with two unique learning programmes,‘Leading Change’ and ‘Starting Out with QCT’. ‘Leading Change’ is a downloadable, interactive leadership course, designed to help you understand your leadership style and offer guidance on how to best leverage your unique skills. ‘Starting Out with QCT’ was designed in collaboration with youth-led organisation FiftySix Creations, who work with other young people to build up their entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. The ‘Starting Out with QCT’ course is specifically designed to help you better understand the world of social entrepreneurship, and give you the tools and knowledge you need to transform your ideas into a business reality - check it out here!
Shining a light on the role of young men and women in female empowerment
In March 2019, QCT was delighted to bring together a unique panel of activists and thought leaders for this year’s International Women’s Day, which included HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Annie Lennox OBE, Julia Gillard, Angeline Murimirwa and our newest Trustree, Chrisann Jarrett. The discussion focused on girl’s education and the importance of boys and men in driving gender equality for all. You can watch the entire conversation here.
A very African welcome
In September, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, embarked on their Royal Tour of South and Central Africa. As President and Vice President of QCT, The Duke and Duchess were keen to use their time in Africa to highlight the work of young leaders mobilising positive change in their communities. They were delighted to meet with QCT partners The Justice Desk, a youth-led Human Rights organisation who welcomed TRH’s into their community celebration in the township of Nyanga, and CAMA, whose network of young female leaders, are doing vital work supporting young women and girls through education across Malawi and beyond.
In October, QCT was proud to partner with One Young World (OYW) to offer QCT Scholarships to 53 young leaders – one from every Commonwealth country – to attend the OYW Summit in London. Over the course of 4 days, the cohort enjoyed inspirational speeches and panels, networking opportunities and workshops, and were also invited to a unique QCT welcome reception, held at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the heart of Westminster. The week culminated in an exciting roundtable event, convened by QCT and OYW and held at Windsor Castle, which saw young changemakers, already leading projects and ventures that support gender equality and inclusion, discuss their achievements and vision with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Watch the highlights in the video above or click here to read more about this unique event!
The milestones of this year would not have been possible without your support and engagement. Thank you for continuing to share in QCT’s ambition of a world where young people are equal partners in driving change. As we look to the new year, we are excited to continue scaling and improving our work and impact, sharing the stories and expertise of young leaders from around the world to inspire many others to join in.
We are so proud of everything we have achieved together this year and cannot wait to do more, in 2020 and beyond.
Article published: 23rd December 2019
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