Today, I have been to a place called Sunndal.
I have never been here before, however, it is so beautiful! The people are nice too.
They invited me to talk to the youths. In Norway, all the smal local governments try to involve the youths. Mostly because they are the future and know their own generation more than anyone else.
First, I had a meeting together with the youths who are represented in the «local youth government» (Ungdommenes Kommunestyre), I was telling from my own life, how I have been engaged in many different things (not only development in Africa!), and told them how it is possible to make a change - dare to go for your dreams. Think bigger than yourself, etc. We discussed «what is the Norwegian Dream?» to get even more or to help other people who suffer.
Later, they challenged me to climp a very high mountain, we went 400 meters straight up! That was great And a bit scary sometimes…
In the end of the day, we had a meeting together with the Major in Sunndal, Ståle Refstie (man to the right). I had a speech and then we discussed in groups what challenges they have here.
We were addressing different issues:
- Many people come here as refugees from other countries or are waiting for permission to stay in Norway. Some of the youths wanted to do something to improve their living conditions while they are waiting for the government to make a decition.
- The youths explained that many young people here are addicted to drugs – maybe because they are bored, they lack challenges in life ….
- They also wanted to do something for someone in an other country and I challenged them to support 30 students in Kenya who will start secondary School in January next year.
Finaly, I ate tomato-soup with Maren (15), she is one of the girls who really wanted to do something to make a change.
Together, we called our Project Manager in Kenya and discussed with him.
And Maren made a plan of action about involving the youths in Sunndal:
It has been a great day! The youths and the adults were all inspired. Even I am inspired to see so many young people who wants to make a change! I am looking foreward to see what they can do.