Patna: City student Swaraj Priyadarshi, 16, has made the state proud by making it to the top 10 of the 2014 UNESCO Clubs Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition, leaving behind 450 entries from 70 countries across the world.
The event, organized by the UNESCO and the United States Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Association (USFUCA), is a global initiative to empower young entrepreneurs and through them use local clubs to fulfill global missions. Swaraj, presently a science student of Shivam International School, completed his 10th from St Dominic Savio’s High School.
The letter of appreciation describes Swaraj, one of the youngest winners of the event, as “we believe youth are in one of, if not the greatest positions, to effect change in the world. It is you that have the greatest connection with your own generations”.
According to Swaraj, “My project ‘Go ahead-making learning open-source’ was based on the challenge of the event ‘If you could do one thing in your lifetime to make the world a better place what would it be, why, and how?”
For making it to the best 10 list from across the world, Swaraj also received the prize money of US$1,000 and certificates. “In the next few months, UNESCO and its partners will work closely with the winners to ensure their project is productive and effective,” he said.
Born to educationist Pramod Kumar Mishra and homemaker Kumkum Mishra, Swaraj wants to pursue political science in his higher studies. A resident of Boring Road, he has also received participation invitations from a number of prestigious international summits and organizations. “In 2013, I was one of the youngest invitees to the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) and was also invited for the New York Global Young Leaders’ Summit the same year,” he said.