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Yumnah Jackson

UNICEF/South Africa/2009
© UNICEF/South Africa/2009
Yumnah Jackson from Athlone in the Western Cape.

City, country
Athlone, Western Cape, South Africa

My area is a lovely place to live in; people care about each other here. However unemployment rates are high.


Bridgetown High

Reason for applying to J8
First prize winner of the Albert Luthuli Young Historians Prize, and Girls’/Boys’ Education Movement Club member.

Languages spoken
English, Afrikaans

Role models
My mother is my role model as she is always good to people. I also admire successful business people.

Favourite Subjects
My favourite subjects are business studies, mathematics literacy and history.

Likes & Hobbies
Spending time with my family and reading

Dislikes ----

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? If you could be President what would you do for the world?
When I grow up I would like to be an event manager or the director of my own business company. If I were President I would do things to decrease unemployment; open up opportunities for people to lead better and easier lives; and improve the children’s safety and health. The biggest challenges facing South Africa are crime, poverty and unemployment and to solve this I would create job opportunities, which would lead people off the street and this would decrease the high crime rate.

What are you looking forward to most at the J8 and what do you hope to achieve?
I am looking forward to meeting the people that lead the country as well as being heard as part of the youth. I want to share my experience with others.

What would you say to your President if you could meet him?
I would congratulate him for becoming President and wish him luck for having to go on into the lives of the people in the country.

Read Yumnah's impressions and highlights of the Junior 8 Summit in Rome






Impressions of the J8 and Rome

Read the impressions and highlights by the South African delegates of the Junior 8 Summit in Rome:

  • Aletta Dhlamini
  • Richmond Sajini
  • Refilwe Tsumane
  • Yumnah Jackson


View a short video clip on Yumnah Jackson's expectations of the upcoming J8 Summit.

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