DIS Alumna Delighted with UN Involvement

DIS alumna Amber Eriksson has spoken of her experience as a Youth Representative for the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education to the United Nations.

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As a Youth Representative, Amber attends monthly meetings for the UN Committees on Migration and Education and has been helping to lead the Za’atari Intervention Project (ZIP) Task Force. The goal of ZIP is to provide early psychological intervention to traumatized children ages 0-5 living the the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.

Some of her responsibilities with the task force have included seeking out experts to contribute to the project, organizing a position paper to be published in support of culturally sensitive early interventions, researching for grant proposals, and currently, organizing a fundraising gala for ZIP to take place within the next few months in NYC.

The work relates to one of her electives at DIS, Stolen Childhoods: Migrant and Refugee Children in Europe.

Speaking to DIS about her role, she explained: “I had the opportunity to present with the task force last month at the UN Committee on Migration Meeting, and have been invited to present in Cork, Ireland this summer at the OMEP World Conference. I have attended numerous eye-opening events at the United Nations covering a vast array of subjects from the importance of peace in early childhood, and quality early childhood development as a tool for sustainable development, to youth participation in the post-2015 development goals and more. I’ve met and worked along side some of the most influential and passionate individuals in the field of child advocacy. I attended the OMEP USA board meeting in Washington D.C. in November and was honored to be asked to work with the board to plan the World Conference for 2015.

“Most importantly, I have connected with the most inspirational role models, mentors, and friends who I know will continue to support my future endeavors whichever way they may lead me. A year ago, when I arrived in Denmark, I would have never guessed this is was the path I was heading down, but I could not be more grateful. I have learned and grown so much from this experience and I am beyond excited to see what else is to come!

“My semester at DIS truly did change my life in so many wonderful ways and presenting me the gateway to this position is definitely one of the greatest.”

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