Mafi Zongo Assembly member wins ‘World’s Politician of the Year’ award

 Mr Fieve

Mr Fieve

The Assembly member for Mafi Zongo in the Volta Region Julius Karl Fieve has won the “One Young World’s Politician of the Year Award” in the Netherlands.
He is one of five young politicians who were awarded at a colourful ceremony in The Hague during the One Young World Summit.

The other four winners are Naisula Lesuuda, who is a member of the Kenyan National Assembly, Sayida Ounissi, who is the Tunisian Secretary of State for Vocational Training, Jordon Steele-John, who is the youngest senator to ever serve in the Australian parliament and only the second parliamentarian to use a wheelchair and Travis Robinson, who became the youngest parliamentarian to serve in The Bahama’s legislative body.

The winners were announced by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir John Major and the award winners were chosen by an international panel of judges with first-hand experience of politics.

Their decisions were based on work young elected or public officials have been carrying out in their countries and communities and the benefit and impact it has had on young people.

Mr Fieve, 29, was awarded for tangible and material impact he had made on young people through inspiration of several development initiatives in his community which includes developing a Women Rising and Empowerment initiative, mentored young leaders, and organised a free digital skills training for youth in communities.

He also organised health reproductive education workshops for over 1,000 girls, in conjunction with Bright Generation Community Foundation, and distributed 1,000 pairs of shoes to school children who were accustomed to walking barefoot to school.

His interventions have also led to the construction of school blocks, healthcare infrastructure as well as potable water facilities in his community.

One Young World’s Politician of the Year Award is the first global award of its kind and has been created to counter the low level of engagement in politics and disillusionment with political processes which young people are experiencing around the world.

Despite young people increasingly being recognised as playing leading roles in business and civil society, the level of youth engagement in politics worldwide remains disappointingly low.

“This is a humble experience, I have no excuse not to work with other young leaders in Ghana and across the world to intensify our impacts since the world deserves more from me,” Mr Fieve indicated after picking the award. –

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