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"Kids from developing countries are worried about education"

Seventeen-year-old Samuel Venkatesan hails from interior Tamil Nadu. Venkatesan’s mother- a widow works as domestic help in Bangalore.

"My villagers thought I was raving mad, when I told them I was going to Italy to meet other children from across the globe.. The journey from my native village Shoolagiri to Chennai and then Delhi and finally ready to fly to Rome is just unbelievable.” 

Specially commended to the summit for his flair for communication, he excitedly continues in Tamil, “I believe in communicating through films. I have already made two short documentaries, one on sensitizing teachers and another on superstitions and myths about ghosts.

"My dream is to make a film; on the real situation of children in rural India. I want to tell children about their rights through my films. I also want to help other children whose parents have to leave them behind and go to work in big cities.”

"I want free, quality education for all kids in developing country children and ensuring rights for girls. Special attention needs to be given to orphans, like me who’s lost my father. "

Image: Samuel sharing his experiences with media at UNICEF India office before leaving for J8 Summit held in Rome, Italy

Also read how Samuel Venkatesan experiences at J8 Summit.

"A new Sanjukta will be going to India"

Sanjukta Pangi, 16, from Semiliguda,Horaput in Orissa, India and is currently studying at Government Girls High School, Pottangi.

Reason for applying to J8: To gain knowledge and skills and to meet young people from other countries
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Oriya, Telegu
Role models: Rahul Gandhi
Likes/Hobbies: helping poor people, gardening, painting, singing

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? I see myself at Koraput as District Collector.

What are you looking forward to most at the J8? I want the leaders to know about what tribal girls are facing in India. For instance, my father did not want me to go to school, but when a girl in my village died from taking an overdose of medicine, because neither she or her parents could read, I managed to convince him to send me instead of staying home to take care of my brother and sister.

What do you hope to achieve from participating in the J8 2009? To meet young people from other countries and to know how they overcome their social and economic issues.

Image: Sixteen year old Sanjukta Pangi listens attentively to speakers at the J8 summit.
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