Five Young People from the Republic of Moldova Reimagined the Future
on the Stage of TEDxRoseValleyParkED | 75 Years of UNICEF
It’s been 75 years since UNICEF has been supporting young people and children worldwide after it was established on the ashes of World War II. To commemorate this anniversary UNICEF jointly with TEDx Rose Valley Park ED organized a conference under the topic "Reimagine the Future", which took place on 30 August 2021. Five ambitious young people from the Republic of Moldova shared their ideas of the future after the pandemic, where the rights of all the children are respected and voices are heard. Continue reading to learn more abut each speaker and their ideas.
UNICEF celebrates and supports courage and the ambition to be better
Marius Miron is an 18-years young man who managed to create a media project on YouTube and to discover all the good sides of volunteering. Today, he is positive that volunteering will help him to become a millionaire and that this is the success secret that was never discovered by Disney, J. K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, and which will help him achieve everything much faster.
‘There are so many opportunities in the Republic of Moldova we don’t know about. Today, one can volunteer in any area. According to an international study, people with volunteer experience are 10% more self confident. Another study proved that people who have at least one volunteering experience have by 27% more chances to get a job than those who don’t. I realised that volunteering is important for my personal development. Volunteering helped me to discover my career and my talent. By volunteering I learned how to work with photo and video cameras. This is how I made my first episode on YouTube. My goal now is to motivate young people and to help them understand that into matter where you are there is always a chance for development and growth. One can achieve success as long as they want it. It takes much longer when someone doesn’t like their area of operation. Appetite comes with eating, that is why you should try everything. Be wittier than Disney’, said Marius Miron.
UNICEF celebrates and supports inclusion of children with special needs
Ludmila Adamciuc, became a truly phenomenon and a source of inspiration for many parents after she gave birth to Beatrice – a little girl with Down syndrome, a child of the sun. It is not the first time when Ludmila explains to people what it means to raise and bring up a child who is different and how much happiness this experience can offer. She has been doing this for three years and nothing will stop her to continue. Her speech at TEDx Rose Valley Park ED reminded the participants and the followers about the need to enjoy everything that is offered by the universe and about the importance of the inclusion of children with special needs.
‘Now, she is my best friend and is the girl who taught me acceptance, and what unconditional love and true friendship means. Beside her I learned about Down syndrome. If I was to go back on 2 December 2017, on the second floor, I would kiss Beatrice once more. She was very sweet. I would hug myself and say to me: ‘Women, you are very lucky that this girl chose you. You two will have a wonderful journey’, said Ludimila.
UNICEF celebrates and supports the sense of responsibility and development
Artur Gurau is an entrepreneur, co-founder of 13 start-ups. Seven of them are active and prosperous. Artur learned how to transform a failure into a victory, and this was the topic of his speech. He reimagines a future in which people acknowledge their abilities and advantages to achieve the success.
‘Opportunities come from constraints. We should analyse the areas in which we need such an inspiration and try to identify young people and help them grow. I think everyone has a talent. It is important to think about your superpower, to understand what differs you from other peers. Sometimes, being passionate about something is not enough. It is important to surround yourself with people with similar ideas. When you know what you are good at, you can transform an advantage into disadvantage.
The responsibility in larger groups is even more important because you are accountable not just to yourself. You are accountable to the entire group and to the community’s mission. Failures are not accepted in our society and initiatives are often punished. On the contrary, you have an advantage if you do things that have never been done before. Even if you fail, you should not stop. People will not remember how many times you fell, but how many times you succeeded. You are the new generation that has a voice and rights. You should try to use these rights, this voice, to help promote and develop the existing communities or the ones that will be created and will have an impact’, said Artur Gurau.
UNICEF celebrates and supports motivation and initiative
The 16-years old Iulia Cobacenco managed to discover and develop several passions, such as acting, music, literature and travelling. She visited 25 countries all over the world and she won the international contest The Scholar’s Cup, gaining the title ‘Literature Expert of XXI Century’. Her speech was about ways of fighting laziness and what would happen if people were to win this fight, thus becoming more efficient for a better and healthier lifestyle.
‘When you accomplish all the tasks you had to do, you feel very good, but laziness comes back. In this case, it is very important to understand why you do this. Also, we should not lose time for nothing, we should not use social media – yes, we heard this many times. It is important to give and receive back. Creativity helps you understand that you are the creator of your world. Another way to get rid of laziness is trying something new. Doing something new doesn’t always mean something big or unusual. Also, it would be good to find important people, good teachers, professionals in area who already achieved a lot. It is necessary to get inspired from them and grow. The more initiative people out there, the better the overall quality of life. We can do better than we think’, said Iulia Cabacenco.
UNICEF celebrates and supports innovation and quality education
Another young man who came on the stage of TEDx Rose Valley Park ED is Alex Cozlovschi, founder of ViRalQuest Falesti, mentor at the programming courses, U-Report ambassador. More precise, he is a student from Falesti who managed to bring the virtual reality in the Moldovan schools.
He spoke about his fight for his ideas to be accepted and recognised in order to improve the education system and about how he motivated other young people to work harder for their dreams, for a future that would bring them the sense of achievement and wellbeing.
‘The main problem of the education system is the lack of motivation. We feel like some slaves who follow some rules that were created long time ago. This is how I was thinking until I attended a forum when a man asked me: ‘What would you do to change the education system?’
Limits are only in our thoughts and at border crossing points if we are not vaccinated. After winning a second place at the international championship I came back to my hometown where I had not received any support before. It was extremely funny when those who never supported me came to me saying: ‘Why didn’t you come to us for help? You could’ve won the first place.’ A problem of our society is that one gets to be appreciated only after achieving something. About 90% of those who I used to communicate at that time told me it was impossible to use virtual reality in schools. At the present moment, 45 schools in the Republic of Moldova use virtual reality under the project ‘Classroom of the Future’. Currently, I work with the printing house Eurodidactica from Romania and we produce interactive maps.
Everything depends on you, on your powers, desire, inspiration and courage. Life has many obstacles and if we give up we will never achieve a thing. We will stay at the same level, at the school or university desks’, said Alex Cozlovschi.
The edition of TEDx Rose Valley Park ED entitled ‘Reimagine the Future’ took place on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of UNICEF, with the support of Moldovan Youth Orchestra.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in over 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, everywhere. The 75th anniversary finds us in a critical and important moment, similar to the one that led to the establishment of UNICEF from the ashes of World War II. At present, as people fight against COVID-19 pandemic, we mobilise our vast experience, including in areas such as vaccination and education, so as to reinvent a safe and healthy future for every child. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Moldova follow UNICEF Moldova on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Note that the opinions of speakers from TEDx Rose Valley Park ED do not necessarily represent the position of UNICEF.