“Currently, only half of refugee children receive primary education. No child should have to pay the cost of conflict by missing out on schooling. Yet we see whole generations of refugee children who have to leave their homes and schools, and other children on the move unable to secure an education.
I was born a refugee in a camp in Pakistan, and none of the children had any access to local schools. There is no future for countries affected by conflict unless their children receive an education that gives them the tools and skills to be empowered to make positive change.”
“I have been living with HIV for quite some time now, but the journey towards accepting one’s HIV status and sharing my status without any fear of being ridiculed or ostracized has never been always easy. Being a gay man myself, I have to always grapple on how people would react should they know that I am both gay and living with HIV. In a country like the Philippines, where I live, social ambivalence towards people like me exists through media and other communication channels.”
“My life as a doctor is a nightmare. I’m the one who diagnosed a young girl with breast cancer and performed an amputation on a young man because of diabetes. The prevalence of non-communicable diseases is rising fast in low-income countries. Because of the white shirt I wear, people forget that there is a heart under my clothes. So, I decided to use my status of physician, which gives me the trust and the respect of my community, to raise awareness.”
UNLEASH picks talents based on five criteria.
Demonstrated commitment to solving some of the world’s pressing challenges
Possession of a creative and innovative mindset
Proven track record of making contributions to solving social causes
Willingness to engage in co-creation with peers and experts
High proficiency in English with the ability to engage in complex discussions