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Episode 13 · 1 year ago

Leading from the Front!! | UReport | Wuh Yuh Say Podcast


Join Myself and two young Bajan leaders, Firhaana and Tyrell as I sit down with them to discuss the recently launched UREPORT, which is a tool for youth by youth in association with UNICEF. Have a look with the links below and check them out and support them as much as possible. I'll discuss anything given to me that may be a concern to persons today. Sooo.... LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS BELOW!!!! and maybe just maybe your topic will be in the next episode! 

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Hi Guys, are welcome back to yet another ways a podcast video. I'm here with Tara and for Hannah, and this is actually the very first ever ways a podcast that's going to be in person. So and I'm yeah, and I'm glad to actually have you guys here, because I was obviously I was. I took pictures for you guys just this Saturday at your launch, really and truly for your report, and I mean I got the grass of it, but I was still trying to focus as much on taking pictures for you guys. So for the listeners and viewers, what is your report on? What's it about? So thanks for having us, Christian, I mean the photos came out great, by the way, so we're really happy about that. Your report is a global initiative by UNSAF and it is a social messaging tool and data collection system that allows us to take the views of young people and share them in a way that is meaningful and will impact change. So it what your report does is it sends polls to young people's inboxes on social media and then these polls are uploaded on to the report platform and it shares the views on topics that are important to us. So for example, we may generate polls on things related to Covid nineteen and education or violence and communities, and young persons from throughout Barbada's just simply from going onto their phones, can share their opinions, their ideas, what problems they're facing, and then these issues are then highlighted for everyone to see and it becomes a tool for us to advocate for change. Okay, that's what you have ra pain pointing about youth and all the changes that need to be made, but I guess they will for you and and ask both of you how you Hollid? I guess I can start utural, all the your getting too, you report and the whole youth leader stuff like, Oh, what brought you to brought you here? I also want to start by saying than city photos as well, excellent job, but I think that when it comes to you leadership in Barberados, is a lot of talk going around, and I see it as well when we talk about you leadership, we see in this we see the seams faces cool bur and over and I think that it is time that we tried to do on Saturday, to bring mass numbers are young people together to see each other I see that in more than just the I'm just calling the figure more just a ten phases to see all the time and she will in that leash. It is not just about talking, but is the photography, it is the the modern rating, the MC is every single thing. Is Not just about talking or TV. So I think that when we had those one hundred youth leaders there today, but not today, out Saturday, that I really should everyone that is more to it than what you see about getting into it. I think that. I think that persons, they organized people. It just watched them and scope people. I want him. I want him for my organization. I starting and starting you parliament back in two thousand and thirteen. I was pretty quiet. I started really arguing and putting four points and opposing in two thousand and seventeen or so, and then it was like everybody wanted me to do something. So I think that it's just a matter of getting your voice only okay, and how did you get into it yet? So I have worked with primarily the BARB DIS Association of Muslim ladies...

...for the past ten years, a community activists working on grassroots change, and throughout that journey it is allowed me to connect with so many different young people and so many different organizations, and then I this role came up through UNI staff for project coordinator for you report and I took the opportunity to play for it and I was successful in then coming and leading the the initiative. One of my first task was really to put together a steering compit committee of young people, and that's then how I met to rule and met the ten other young extraordinary young people who are part of the Stair and committee. So that's really how I became involved in your report. But more so, I've always been invested in having the voices of young people, especially marginalize young people. I mean growing up, for me, being a Muslim woman of color who dressed very differently in Barbados, I never felt that I saw people like me, you know, represented in decisionmaking or having an opinion or just sharing their voice. And so I connected very passionately with you report on what is trying to achieve, because it recognized that you don't like to her. All said, you don't have to be on a stage, you don't have to have a mic in front of you to speak out. You can do it simply from your bedroom at home. And feel that you're making a difference. I mean, as you just said, how you don't need to be in front of stage, you don't need to be with in front of a Mike, but I mean both of you guys were holding, like I'm both all stage, so along with the ten other guys. I mean, I know I know around that he went to school with me and he's a part of it now. And if I'm correct, well, I know your is that your brother tire? Okay, okay, well, I'm familiar with him through cricket. But and obviously he's not doing his own stuff. No, he'sy still the vice president of the guild and everything. So I guess that's something that you guys like to do. Our last something that you guys are interested in your family, that act to activism and stuff like that. So how could you move forward? I guess to encourage more people to come on. Speakers. Persons like might like, no, I'm going to say myself, but a or age. You know, they don't is he's just going to go and tweet something, but to then come on and say yourself and be proud of what you've done. How can you go forward to encourage people because you have you report, but how you go to get people to join? I guess we can move the yeah, it doesn't matter, any of you could take it. So I think they're this. This question is kind of truthfold in a sense once. It's about giving young people the confidence to be able to speak out and to be able to, you know, be a part of the change that they want to see, and one of the ways that we saw that is recognizing that in every single corner of Barbados, young people are doing exceptional work within their communities and we wanted this to this tool is meant to be used by young people. It's a your report is a tool. So in order to help people recognize this is for you, we needed to have a diverse representation of young people so that when you see we report, you're seeing yourself reflected. So as to all said, we had over a hundred you ambassadors that we sort of launch the pro the the report among young people, introduce young people to it, and we want to do that in the most inclusive way possible and we saw that. So bringing together over a hundred you've ambassadors, leaders, activists, influencers, you know, local celebrities and so on, to come together who have already a platform and saying...

...hey, listen, this is something for you to use and this is this is a tool that you can use. But then, further to that is to let person stone that in using this tool, it's simple, it's easy, it's easy to make your voice hurt and that that's what it brings to the table. And ease to be part of the change. Does it necessarily require you to have to schedule commitments away from school or, you know, schedule commitments from your personal or domestic duties? That is easy to be part of this, this Movement for Change. Well, the party question I remember specifically is in you asks how we get people? How do we get more young people on board? Or do we get more young people speaking? And I know we see speaking. You mean literally speaking, you're not just voting on the pools? I can answer that question. Only want when you killing the snake. I know the old people say go for the head, which is why we make for the leaders, which is where you meet. For Dear Joanna, when you got people that the a Joanna with all that influence on twitter and the kind of crow that he has, me it means more people then, not just the outspoken youth leaders, but those who stick in the shadows come out. Then a few more confidable, a lot of people who they are good work, because you're shame young people are not prod the good work. So I think that more young people promote good work, promote you report and what's not then other young people are late. I don't going to be a shame. The Janus do it to where it's only fine is doing it, everybody's doing it, so let me do it and promote my good work and that that's all we bear. that. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I totally agree with you, because there's some people that would like ice. I would see they are don't have the followers, are the influence on other people, but they have the good word, as you said, and they put the work in. But it just they they don't I don't know if it's that I don't want to put the hustle or something in like, but they do have that work. And I mean, as you said, like you how you got the Jannal, but you have there alive, that functioning. There's like Jordan English. You have can't remember how may people everywherey all like there was a room full of influencers and like, if I'm right, some of them didn't come either. They were connected onlines. Oh, yeah, I did. Yeah, you still will. May Be able to manage to reach other people through the instagram life, and I'm sure you like that, had a good set of numbers that are fought over. Tune in and so, especially with us, as we're younger persons, for the old people that don't really know how you social media that that sort of way. What else can you do too, because, I mean it is about youth and youth leaders, but we still, as you said, you went fore the heads. So how can we go for even more of the heads, because you were able to get John Kings in and those Minister John King and Minister Colin Jordan. So how can we know reach the headhead? How can we get to meet MEA? How could we get all the way? There are even abroad, because I mean there's you report barbailous, and is your report to Maka, if I'm correct, but not I need to spread more. I guess the other Caribbean countries Journe that as well. Okay, well then, so how do we really get there? So you report. Currently, report is present in seventy two countries globally. So barbatos is one of the newest, you know, countries to join and have a report function. But, like you said, how do we how do we reach people? And that's essentially what you report is. It's like a bridge between young people and the decision makers in a country. So once we start getting those poles and those sort of results, then we can go and clearly say to Minister with specific portfolios under like, for example, the poll say, listen, this is what young people are seeing, this is what we need. We can even narrow down to say this is what young people in Saint James...

...are saying, this is what young people in Christ church saying, and this is the inequalities that exist between the two. How can we fix that? And then, on top of that, we can see, listen, we have a cohort of eighty youth organizations on board with this already. Let's see how we can partner and I further this, so it's not us working in silos anymore, but it's finding, you know, bridging those gaps, like Terrell said, between different issues and people working on those issues. In terms of in terms of reaching people, as you said, we viewed John King, we've Riach Minister Jardin. Mrs Suddenly Sutherland is fully on board. Of Very supportive and, as Farnes said, I wanted to make this point on stage on Saturday to we you know, it steals right. They then Sadi a bradshaw honor overside your badge. Also Cliu and the other students protesting. See, I see. I'm pretty sure she didn't ask of you. You know, very angry. I know she wanted statistics, all right, and this is what you report. Is Statistics. So you don't have to ask any more question. Is Ninety percent, ninety five percent, and people who did see see or sides over. The agrees is not much. No more talk about a lot of people were in toil March. You know, we don't want it and we want start. And this is so we rich people. Really stops. Yeah, I mean not that you've launched and you have these stats. Now what's the next step? No, to move forward. You've launched, you've encourage people to promote your to promote your report, and the influencers are no getting on board. So what's the next step? So the next step for us is building out those poles so currently we're sort of doing a scope. So on Saturday when we sort of launch with our young leaders, we ask them so our sort of vision sort of vision boards, highlights specific issues that they would want addressed in the polls, because we it has to be relevant to young people the issues that we tackle. Additionally, we're doing some polls on our social media to kind of get those issues and a number of organizations have also reached out and said that they're interested in collaborating on building polls. So that's our next step, you know, really building out the pool highlights, pinpointing issues, and then the next step would be disseminating those polls and getting young people to to respond to them. I mean it just came into my mind as well after you both were speaking just Nobo. I'm sorry if you guys were watching and they didn't say but what are your roles within you report, you know, because there's this wholest there and committee, but what you each do per se? So I'm the project coordinator, so my responsibility is just the oversight of the entire project, and Tarrell, also Tourrell, along with the other ten starring committee members. We sort of divide our responsibilities into a number of areas. So, for example, we work on partnerships and engagement, we work on communication and outreach and we work on research, so researching the topics for the Poles and so on. And then it's about pull the technical aspects the back end of you report, like actually building out those polls on the platform and can uploading them onto the website. So those sort of technical aspects. So there are a lot of things sort of that happened behind the scenes and all of us sort of contribute to getting the work done. Yeah, and there's a lot of you have to probably go forward not to do, and this is all of y'all are all around. If I may ask how older you will I'm twenty years okay, I see huge. I did not think you were young and to me. But yeah, and you can you take a guess if he's twenty. I like people to guess my age. You should pop up question in the podcast now so people respond. Well, I guess you guys can yeah, take a guess right now. You could positive video or positive pause. If you're lifting listening right now. I actually yes, down below and see,...

...but with me you'll find out in a few seconds. But I'm gonna probably go. Want to say if he's twenty older than him? No, you don't. That's that's his thing. You don't. Don't go off from my height. Well, can I ask how much hears is between you and your brother? Then I can I could out five fife. Yeah, older, he's older. Oh, so you're he's at university. Oh Wow. Oh, and she's all fought. She's overseeing you in a sense. Oh okay. So I mean, is that it? Was that a challenge? I'm I guess. No, no, definitely known. She actually knows your team very well. I realized that for dear woman, she was delegating tasks. She knows who's good at walk and she puts you and that you're in it never feels it never feels. Okay. So I mean, I I think you guys can do my I drop myth and sixth form. I am twenty six years old. Yes, well, yeah, I mean, wow, I would not have thought so. I would actually gets in. Said twenty two guys. I'm happy, okay, happy for that, but I guess, aside from all of that, from you report and all that, you guys are no the set. Think you're setting the standard for the rest of us, and I mean if I didn't necessary, if wrong that hadn't come to me asked me to do that, I probably would not have figured it out as fast as as possible. And I think that's something that I is really important because, especially in Barbados, there's the I mean there's the whole thing is going on this year with covid and there's the black lives matter and whatever it is, but there's our own barbadian challenges especially. I mean there's even there's the whole thing with a with Lord Nelson as well, like that happened just there, and I mean I don't know if you guys attended that. You did, okay. Well, I mean, how was that for you? For you? I mean, what was your opinion on the whole thing? I was definitely protesting to have him removed. I think, and I think this is one that done topic sound super passionate about and I think that it would be great for us to talk about this on your report, is that at Secondary School I felt that I did not know my history. I felt we went to school, we learn about the French, we learned about portraits, we learn about Spanish and we did not cultivate that love and appreciation for the legacy that, you know, our ancestors left, left us, African, Indian, you know, indigenous, indigenous people and so on. So it was only when I came to Yui and I started to do history here as electives that I realize, you know, what we we in as walk because we think that we are and it's about time that young people learn who we who we really are. And so I think the black lives matter movement and the protest coming here person saw it as just a removal of Nelson and I think it's so much deeper than that and that's one step of many, many, many more steps to come. And just having those discussions around the removal of Nelson itself spark persons to go and a look deeper at their own history and who we are as a people. So I was definitely pro taking Nelson down. I mean, I would have probably taken it down other ways, but it is what it is. We won't get it and will get you into any trouble or anything like that. But I mean, if you want to, if you had your opinions on it, you can, you can get in this way. I actually didn't attend the removal. It passed by and I saw him drilling ours not but I was busy.

I was really busy with your duties over the summer when everyone's protesting. But had they called me and told me they were taking him down different way, I would have made time, would put those muscles to use, to I won't get it to any of the actual ways that you guys would have actually want to take it down. I mean, I mean I thought you protest that were going on ever since. That was like going on when George Floyd and that was that was months and months ago. So a lot of leaders are but I mean, look at these the time it took to get that done. I think that's something that a lot of us young people, I guess, how almost a problem. But we have, I mean we all know. I think we know that we have a shorter attention span. So we read stuff and it's like you read it, you get to the point, you move so that's how the world is. With social media especially, you have to get to the point as quick as possible and move forward. So, like, how are you to using your report and targeting the leaders? How are you going to hit that point and doing such a short space of time to break down that time that I was take him from protesting to taking down. How you cut down that gap to be a lot shorter? I think this is where partnerships become really vital, and the fact that in Barbados, you report is being implemented in collaboration between UNISTAFF and the Ministry of you and then, by extension, you know, civil society and community organizations, means that we have a number of stateholders that are invested in doing work in different ways. So it's like we can advocate on multiple levels, you know, at a community level, at, you know, a government level, development agency level. So I mean that's that's the uniqueness of your report is. It's not another organization. Is just a tool for everyone who's already doing work to come together and be more strategic. And how we come together, as I said before, like we work in we work in silos. You know, had I not met her all, I probably wouldn't have known the work that he was he was doing, but there's so many opportunities for collaboration in that work. So having you report means that we then funnel our energies into very specific and tangible acts of government or of other partners that say this is statistically this is the majority of young people want this. So let's see how we can make this happen instead of just individuals speaking out, you know, throughout. Yes, I do think that for Hannah covered all bases, definitely, and and partnerships is very important. If he had as far, and I said Etuth organizations on board, that's isn't much as you want. I mean everybody, everybody is tag in a whole listic approach to this. You report and the minister, again, as a deep love for he's keeping it very close. So I don't suspect that change you'll tear very long to come about. I don't suspect that. As soon as your unhappy, if you're sighisfied, you do more of it. If you are happy, you do also be intervene. So I really think that this is going to work and you're attacking the head. Yeah, I hope it does work. ANYMO. I do with You'all the best and I will definitely be supporting and following. So I hope to see and you'll become a reporter. Yeah, I will be. Yeah, become a you replace? Yeah, yeah, yes, do do that. Go and following on Instagram as well. I mean all the links will be in the description at the end of the video. It will be a description for the guys are listening to it as well.

But moving on swiftly because, I mean, it seems that Y'all, you guys, are quite busy people. I mean you have a lot of things to do in terms of dealing with these leaders. are kind of no heads. But is is Friday, but that's true. You're right. You're very right. For me to me especially, I mean if you're going to school here, I mean you you know or you don't really have much brain right now. I mean this study is study, we and then next week buying Austraight into exams and go, go, and I mean let me how about how is that going against for you? I guess a lot of people don't know about my major social work. So our final year, which I am in work, no, is actually an attachment internship. I use your attachment because we don't get paid. We just go and yet as much knowledge as possible and the skill set. I'm at the royal barbarigest police for family conflict intervention unit. So mainly working with bat her women victims of abuse and what's not. It's pretty toxing on the mind, but I love it. I love putting with skills to use and getting all your knowledge that I can, and it's actually making me a lot more mature, keeping things a lot more confidential, so you don't see me as loud as before. I mean, that's what he does. What are you doing from? So me? I'm a consultant. I work in the area gender and communications. So yeah, that's my that's my work. I mean, you all give seemed as I mean, he says Friday, but you'd still see that you have a lot to do. But I mean you just said, and if I just came quickly to my mind, just know, you said about knowledge. How important do you think that that is for US youth to mean, that was a broad topic that was like tweeted, put on instagram everything, especially around the lives matter thing, about how we can really know about our history, and that's what you touched on a bit earlier. We defy that. We don't really learn that and I had that in a previous episode where it taught to Herson College teacher and he was saying, I was basically asking him how we can change that. So how valuable is knowledge, do you both think, and how can you report help with that to make people more we're and informal people. I mean, that is how you would go about it in terms of finding the different topics and showing it about. But how can you hope? How it's whole value is it and how can you move forward? So knowledge is very valuable and I think that you report has an really important role to play. Actually, last month in Brazil, I believe it was black history months and you report, Bisel did a pool around education and black history and young people were able to respond and say what they wanted to see. So perhaps you know, it's a case where we develop a pool, I mean, around that and hear what young people say. I mean, it's not at the end, it's not. But what I think alone and what to rous things alone is but what we collectively think and what we collectively want. So we will, we will work to get that out of your report and then, based on what you say, we will advocate and make sure that it happens. What young people want happens. Yeah, most definitely. And as for an at touch, you point about advocacy. I think that we need to remember that advocacy is about being a voice, really voiceless. So we do have brothers and sisters in GS and what's not with filled the voice and we need to be their voice as well. So we talked about knowledge. Knowledge. It certainly stops you from stoney ignorant and I think it's very important, and I won't go into the history, but something has seen. But is recently we've had a young lady running away from GS. All right, more no, most young ladies in government industrial school. They're...

...difference. Something called wandering. Wandering is then you run away from home, but people don't know where you're running from. They don't work here. You could be running away from a stepfather abusing you, appear, abusing you sexually, it doesn't matter. But when you you basically locked someone up for wandering and they sad deviation, we dev it from something bad, is a good thing. So we be lots some one up for doing was best for them. I think that they definitely need a voice of her. Rumors of the legislation being change very soon, but that definitely needs to change. So I think that knowledge, again, is very important and we need to know the back going to these things rather than saying the young lady gone by a man or something knowledge. Yeah, well, mean, it is definitely key and very important. I mean, just as what people always say, education is most important. So that's something that we should be for every focused on, especially as youth. No, want to keep you guys for too long, much longer, but so if you do have anything that you want to add or promote anything, knows a chance to do that, just to follow your report on Instagram, on facebook and twitter at you report barbadas you know, like like our pages, follow our post and the coming weeks will be sharing more details on how you can actually become a r reporter and also will be starting to send up pools. So just become involved and and reach out to us. We're very responsive. Yeah, I think I, for her, covered it all. Just follow report Barbados as soon as possible. But guys, I mean that is basically everything for this episode. I mean, thank you, guys, for coming on and explaining a lot more of than and well, a lot more aware about what else was going to be going on. How be as youth, can move forward and make a change in Barbados, because I think that's something that you see a lot of people, the youth, tend to want to run away from Barbados, but you guys already staying here and sticking to I want to make a change. Last man, that's really, really good and that's a good initiative. So thank you, guys again for coming on to what you say podcast. Thank you for having it was a pleasure. And the other events, I mean guys, always said go and tackle your report on Facebook, instagram and twitter, right and the links will be in the description down below. And I will see you, guys for yet another ways a podcast.

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