UKZN Student Appointed to Global Youth Parliament
Social Sciences student, Ms Thembalethu Ntuli has been appointed secretary of the Global Youth Parliament (GYP), one of the world’s largest youth ideas transforming organisations, which aims to motivate young people in societal work, entrepreneurship, democracy and sustainable development.
Ntuli was selected by the GYP because of her contribution as a catalyst for social development and integration through promoting the spirit of self-realisation and determination.
‘I would describe my appointment as a moment in time that has been truly humbling, affording me the opportunity to continue serving in purpose, through the development of young people in South Africa and throughout the world. I look forward to not only leaving a global footprint through empowerment but also learning a lot from the GYP Network,’ said Ntuli.
As a student activist, she is passionate about being an agent of change through various community projects, having served in organisations such as the Imbeleko Foundation and Enactus UKZN that are driven by social development and youth organisation within the prisms of providing political classes, career guidance, entrepreneurship support, mentorship and promotion of a healthy and safe lifestyle.
Ntuli served in the South African Students Congress (SASCO) as a member of the Branch Executive Committee in 2018/19 and was elected Deputy Chairperson of Student Dynamics, a non-profit organisation, in 2018.
In her advocacy, she continues to be a member of an international volunteer organisation, Future Team. In solidifying her socio-political background, in 2019 she graduated from the Program of Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA).
Ntuli continues to fight for the rights of women as she strongly resonates with the words of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara: ‘There is no true revolution without the liberation of women.’
Words: Melissa Mungroo