Keynote

Equity in education for all creates great leaders of tomorrow

Prudence Melom

Time: 9.30-10.30 (AEST)
Location: Y103 (TV Studio) or join us for the live-stream online
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Everyone has the right to education regardless of their race, economical background or whether they have a disability. Education is our weapon of hope and a future. It enhances personals core values, intellectual knowledge, mental well-being and creates great leaders of tomorrow. The struggle of my family while escaping conflict in Chad may inspire, motivate and encourage. It focuses primarily on how suffering in my homeland, the refugee camp and leaving in Australia has transformed my life.  Regardless of one’s background, race, religion and gender I believe that education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world.  Perseverance, hard work and access to higher education has turned me into a CEO, a business woman, Law student, an advocate for social change and equality and named me the ninth most influential person in Toowoomba by the age of 23.  I believe that everything is possible when there’s equity for all as it allows us all to unleash the beast within us.

 

Prudence Melom fled with her family the ravage of war in Chad, and sought refuge in Benin for seven years. Her life changed in 2007 for the better when she and her family got accepted into Australia and together they settled into Toowoomba.  From knowing only one word in English ‘thank you’, but thought it meant ‘hello’ Prudence is now a young CEO on a mission to erase racism one story at a time. She is the founder of a non-for-profit organisation based in Queensland with the goal to eliminate racism in Australia. The company harnesses the power of narrative to inform and engage by using a team of story tellers who share their personal experiences as refugees or migrants with students at school. The program enables students to meet people from other cultures and countries and hear their stories about coming to Australia as a refugee or immigrant. Story tellers share their experiences and provide a face for events which students may have only previously seen on television.  A direct retelling of stories enables greater comprehension of another’s experiences and encourages the development of empathy. Positive direct contact and descriptions of personal experiences challenge preconceptions.