Helping young people support their local communities
The Global Changemakers are a select group of young people who have demonstrated a significant track record of achievement in their local communities through social entrepreneurship, community activism and volunteer work.
These exceptional young people are part of a global network that shares ideas, knowledge and best practice. They work individually and together on projects that directly impact the lives of those in their local communities.
Gilmore Moyo, from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is a social entrepreneur and global citizen. He was recently named 'World’s Most Influential Young Person 2013' by UK’s Eduzine Magazine and one of 'Africa’s Top 30 Most Inspirational Young People 2013'.
This all started when he represented Zimbabwe at a Global Youth Summit in the UK as part of the Global Changemakers programme. The programme brings together people between the ages of 16 and 25, from 128 countries, and enhances the capacity of future leaders to meet global challenges. There are 856 Global Changemakers around the world, with 135 in Sub Saharan Africa.
On his return Gilmore started a two year community action project called ‘Peace of Art’. This was aimed at using the arts to promote peace and bring people of different backgrounds together.
Through this project, he conducted various workshops, both in his community and in other parts of the country. Topics addressed included gender based violence, the role of arts in conflict resolution, the role of arts in social and economic sustainability and presentation skills. He also organised music and theatre performances.
Gilmore attended the UNESCO’s Youth Peace Conference in Penang, Malaysia and in June 2012, he was one of the four Global Changemakers that represented the network at the Tallberg Forum in Sweden.
Of his involvement, Gilmore said:
“Being a Global Changemaker gave me the opportunity to reach many lives and bring a positive change to them. My success is the ability to bring a smile on the next person’s face.”