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Teenager on mission to become Colombia's Minister of Education

Yadis from Colombia is determined to become Minister of Education so that she can defend children's rights and help change society.

Yadis is on a mission to become Colombia's Minister of Education
Yadis is on a mission to become Colombia's Minister of Education.

Sixteen-year-old Yadis from Cauca, Colombia, is a determined young woman with a clear ambition.

"I can say that now more than ever I want to become the Minister of Education and I am motivated to defend all children's rights." she declares.

Yadis already knows what she wants to change, "We need more funding for education, and beyond that, we need our teachers to be attentive to our needs and dreams so we can grow."

Learning leadership skills 

Yadis has been involved with Plan International Colombia (Fundación Plan) since she was 9 years old. She has participated in various local and national consultation processes and forums which have developed her leadership and communication skills.

I want to change society. I want to work hard for my loved ones and for my country, and I can achieve this.

For the past few years, she has been involved in the Colombian peacebuilding process, "I believe the involvement of children and young people is fundamental to secure a better present and future," she shares. "Peace is something we all want, and we need to start building it in our own home first."

"Since I've been involved with Plan International I've had many opportunities, it's really changed my life."

International Day of the Girl impact

Yadis attributes her biggest and proudest achievement so far with her involvement in last year's global takeover action for International Day of the Girl. She became Mayor of Madrid, Spain's capital city, proving that nothing is impossible with dedication and hard work.

Yadis took over the role of Mayor of Madrid last year for International Day of the Girl.
Yadis took over the role of Mayor of Madrid last year for International Day of the Girl.

"It was very significant for me that they allowed a woman, teenager and afro-descendant to experience being Mayor for a day," she reflects.

"I was able to get acquainted with the old city hall, be part of different meetings with figures like the Japanese Ambassador, and to review some constructions planned for the city. I felt very involved."

Further education to help achieve ambition

Having participated in many Plan International projects that have cemented her vision to become Minister, Yadis is already planning her first moves and inspiring others.

She is aiming to further her education by studying Law and Politics. She's also become a role model for many young people in her community who approach her eager to know about their rights, and how they can follow in her footsteps.

"I want to change society," she states firmly. "I want to work hard for my loved ones and for my country, and I can achieve this."

And if you thought her ambition stops at becoming Minister, you're wrong:

"I also want to set up my own organisation so I can continue helping my community," she shares. 

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