DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – May 10, 2010 -- The Co-Founders of Global Dignity (GD) led Young Global Leaders and World Economic Forum members in a series of Global Dignity class sessions with children at the FEZA School just outside Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, on May 6th, 2010. Afterwards the delegation visited the WAMA Foundation, a local orphanage created by the First Lady of Tanzania, Salma Kikwete. The Global Dignity, Tanzania sessions were organized and led on-the-ground by YGL and new GD Country Chair for Turkey, Murat Sarayli.
Conducted by GD co-founders H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Philosopher and Professor Pekka Himanen, and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant, the sessions were designed to teach the students how to live a dignified life and promote progress through the mission of GD. The Global Dignity initiative is a paradigm shift in thinking about global challenges. It is a new language and a mindset to approach issues of poverty, peace and focuses on what we have in common instead of what sets us apart.
“Providing students globally with a sense of dignity helps them to respect themselves and respect others,” said Bryant, who also is a noted business bestselling author. “Giving children here in Tanzania this lesson is a small step towards creating a more tolerant society in the future and the values they will need to lead a new generation. This is the new Africa.”
At the invitation of Tanzania’s First Lady, the summit participants traveled to a local orphanage at the WAMA Foundation. The foundation, created by health care advocate First Lady Mama Salma Kikwete, supports and promotes women and children health services as well as offers economic empowerment services.
Since 2006, the GD community events have become signature events held days before the World Economic Forum and Forum of Young Global leaders meetings convene in different parts of the world. Former Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Turkish Ambassador to Tanzania Åžander Gürbüz joined over twenty international YGL delegates and World Economic Forum leaders in the days formalities including: Amir Jahangir, Raju Narisetti, Daisuke Iwase, Sandeep Naik, Nik Kafka, Calvin Chin, Jennifer Corriero, Moritz Lehmkuhl, Lorna Solis, Efrat Peled, Maja Kuzmanovic, Abebe Gellaw, Christopher Logan, Dan Shapiro and Erik Charas.
Traditionally held on October 20th, Global Dignity Days began in 2008, with 30 countries and some 60 YGLs participating in the initial celebration. This year more than 52 countries around the world plan to join in the YGL simultaneous celebration. Since its inception, the three co-founders of Global Dignity, in conjunction with the Forum of Young Global Leaders, a subsidiary of the World Economic Forum, have seeded positive change by conducting Dignity Day sessions in more than 50 countries on every continent, and has reached more than 20,000 children worldwide with its Dignity Principles.
Global Dignity is linked to the 2030 process of the World Economic Forum where Young Global Leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society have joined together to work for the improvement of the state of the world. This year’s 20th Annual World Economic Forum on Africa’s schedule is attended by industry leaders, political minds and educational experts from around the globe, focused on finding solutions that help “Shape the Future.” YGL was founded by Professor Klaus Schwab, also the founder of the World Economic Forum.
About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Operation HOPE is a Los Angeles-based global nonprofit and social investment organization providing financial literacy, credit counseling and management, computer training, lending services and inspiration to the economically disadvantaged. Operation HOPE has assumed the responsibility of piloting the Silver Rights Movement towards making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. HOPE Global Initiatives is the international division of Operation HOPE dedicated to promote and advocate the benefits of economic empowerment as a tool for vastly improving the quality of life in developing countries, with a particular focus on developing countries on the African continent. The role has expanded to serve underserved communities throughout the world. For more about HOPE and its programs to empower the underserved, visit www.operationhope.org.
About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas and the parent organization of the YGL. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is not tied to any political, partisan or national interests. More information available at www.weforum.org.
About Global Dignity
Global Dignity is an autonomous nonprofit, non-criticism and non-partisan project. The mission of the Dignity Project is to implement globally the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. This is a paradigm shift in thinking about our global challenges, a new language and a mindset to approach issues of poverty, peace, and progress. Global Dignity is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum where young global leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society have joined to get her to work for the improvement of the state of the world and people (the group ranges from Presidents of African countries to socially conscientious business leaders such as the founders of Google, from leaders of the most influential civil society movements like Make Poverty History to leading academics and cultural figures of our time; for more information, visit www.younggloballeaders.org.