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The Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Mentorship 2021 Program has kicked off successfully!

On June 24, together with the ENLIGHT Core Group on “Health and Well-Being”, the Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Mentorship Program 2021 has kicked-off with welcome remarks from Heinz Fischer, 11th President of Austria and BKMC Co-chair, Stephanie Debette, ENLIGHT DM Chair and UBx VP External Relations, and Monika Froehler, BKMC CEO.

The kick-off event included icebreaker activities, an introduction to the mentoring program and expectations, information about the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and ENLIGHT, information on next steps, and finally, Q&A and interactions.

For the 2021 edition, 21 mentees (Bachelor, Master and PhD levels) from 4 of the ENLIGHT universities (University of Bordeaux, France; University of Groningen, Netherlands; Ghent University, Belgium; University of Göttingen, Germany) and from global partners (University of Ibadan, Nigeria; the University of Lome, Togo; the Mbarara University, Uganda; University of Cuenca, Ecuador; Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico) have been matched to 21 mentors from the same universities. Not one mentee is paired with a mentor from their same university.

The program’s expected major outcomes are the empowerment of 21 young woman mentored to become leaders in research and practice in the field of Global Health and the implementation of 21 “SDG Micro-Projects”, addressing and contributing to SDG 3 ‘Good health and well-being’ and, thus, providing support in building a more sustainable and equitable future in healthcare for us all.

In the coming months, the program components include one-to-one mentoring for each mentee, capacity building for the SDGs (including support from the BKMC in proposing and implementing an SDG Micro-Project as a mentoring pair), professional skill-building seminars for the mentees and interested mentors, and networking opportunities via online events.

What is Mentoring?

  • Personalized relationship and exchange between an experienced professional (the mentor) and a less experienced individual (the mentee);
  • One-to-one informal transfer of knowledge, experiences, and ideas;
  • Providing support and encouragement to help an individual grow, maximize their potential, improve their performance, and become the person they want to be (Eric Parsloe, one of the founders of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council);
  • Vehicle for empowerment.

Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Mentorship 2021 Program:

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