Students Emma Sokkanen and Olga Ylönen from Finland spent a day shadowing UNRISD communications staff and meeting with researchers. The visit aimed to increase interest among upper secondary students for international organizations and raise awareness about global issues.
During the day they got an overview of UNRISD’s working life. Emma and Olga learned about the research process by talking to Andrea Kaufmann from the Gender team and Dunja Krause from the Sustainable Development team.
The school project aims to make the international world and organizations more approachable to youth. At the end of this trip, presentation on the students’ experiences will be posted on the school’s website. Their school, Jyväskylän Lyseon lukio, is a UNESCO school—a global network of 10,000 educational institutions in 181 countries, working in support of international understanding, sustainable development and quality education in practice.
"This day has offered invaluable experience from an international working community. It is important to recognize the ways how organizations can influence the world," Olga says. The girls believe that their project will have a strong impact as they and their fellow students will inspire others to get involved.