Inspirational learning journey in Tanzania


Chan (second from left, squatting) with the other members of the group who were on the trip to Tanzania.

THANKS to the J.C. Jacobsen Foundation in collaboration with the Carlsberg Bequest in Denmark, Charis Chan Wei Yenn was able to have an inspirational learning experience in Tanzania.

Chan who received a full scholarship, was on a three-week Young Global Pioneers (YGP) JOURNEY from July 31 to Aug 20.

2016 marked the second edition of the JOURNEY by YGP where 20 young talents from 11 countries were either handpicked or underwent extensive application processes.

Chan, stood out amongst other applicants in Malaysia and represented the foundation on her quest to become the next generation of responsible and global minded leaders.

She experienced activities, lectures and adventures in Tanzania as well as engaged in dialogues on global trends and challenges.

The scholarship she received covered all activities in Tanzania including flights, on-ground transfers, accommodation, meals, insurance and pocket money for visa application, vaccinations and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Sharing her post-trip experience with the foundation, Chan who is an undergraduate, said: “The JOURNEY was not only an eye-opening but also a life-changing experience for me!”

“I was very inspired when interacting with the kids from SOS Children’s Village in Zanzibar and enjoyed learning about the sustainable living of the local communities of different tribes.

“This gave me a deeper understanding of the various societal roles and how this diversity is vital in a circular economy,” she said.

It was definitely a bucket list experiences across the continent when the group visited the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, she added.

“I spent a day spotting lions, elephants, hippos and zebras and soaked in the enchanted realm of coral reefs and mangroves.

“I have not only learned about the biodiversity of coral reefs and mangroves but have gained a better appreciation for the tremendous efforts on wildlife conservation that I saw in place there,” she said, adding that she is committed to spreading the importance of climate change going forward.

J.C. Jacobsen Foundation executive director Pearl Lai said: “We were pleased to sponsor Charis to experience the JOURNEY.

“Our foundation, a philanthropic arm of Carlsberg Malaysia, is committed to providing equal opportunity for education and supporting the quality of education of Malaysian students.

“We encourage knowledge building of young Malaysian talents in understanding and championing causes around humanitarian aid, environmental conservation and sustainable ecosystem,” she said.

The JOURNEY is a platform that meets the mission of the foundation, she said, adding that it supports the legacy of the founder J.C. Jacobsen on his vision for a sustainable world.

Organised by YGP, the learning architecture of JOURNEY is developed by Prof Subramanian Rangan, a professor of strategy, INSEAD, in partnership with companies, universities, SOS Children’s Village, Save the Children, WWF and other affiliated organisations.

“Today, we change tomorrow. YGP is all about facilitating global insights and engagement, enhancing intercultural skills and creating worldwide youth networks and friendships.

“We believe that intercultural understanding paves the way for mutual respect. This type of cross-border interaction and networking will ignite responsible and conscious future leaders, ready to take on the social, environmental and economic challenges of tomorrow,” said YGP founder and ceo Dr Birgitte Hagemann Snabe.

Upon completion of the JOURNEY, Chan will continue to engage in the YGP Talent Network and take part in the peer-to-peer investigation and reflection that will be organised by YGP.

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