What inspires you?
I take inspiration from every facet of existence, from sad or shameful moments to challenging or proud moments. In a similar way, I have no one idol, but I look up to many around me. It does not matter what their age, gender or race are - what matters to me are their values, thoughts and actions through which these are upheld. I enjoy hearing from those who have tried and succeeded and those who have "failed." Every process, every existence matters - for what, that's for us to decide.
Tell us about an issue that matters to you and how you became aware and involved.
There are two major issues that matter to me - health and education. I feel that these are the two most basic things that as the human race, have not handled in the best of ways. I think everyone should have equal rights to both. Failure to provide support for any student, any ailment will lead to an unproductive, unhappy, suffering society.
I became aware of healthcare issues through witnessing those close to me suffer from illness. The healthcare system was very good to them, but there is no chance for malignant lung and cerebral cancer. However, I know there are people out there with curable diseases who are not being helped. These people deserve a chance. With education, there is a parallel - for every student who is put through school without seeing the value in learning, a sort of death occurs. With the Tech Angels in 2003, I began to realise the power of technology in enabling students to take learning into their own hands and in engaging even those who swore that school was not for them.
Share your perspectives on what makes a good leader.
A good leader is someone who has apt listening skills and can relate to others. They must understand the needs of the people and be compassionate for their situation. They must be knowledgeable and open to new information and ideas. They must be innovative, able to break away from conventional methods and try a new direction that may mean a brighter future for all. They must be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses (and those of others) and be actively willing to improve on their weaknesses, constantly striving to improve oneself.
Do you think TakingITGlobal can help you achieve some of your goals? Have we already? Please tell us how.
TakingITGlobal will definitely always be an integral part of my life. Already it has taken me to America to speak to and hear from educators from around the world. My experiences on this site are constantly challenging my thinking and expanding the breadth of my understanding. I have made many friends here, all of whom I would like to stay friends with for the rest of my life.
We are the youth of today, the leaders of tomorrow - I can't even begin to imagine how powerful it will be for all of us to have discussed our dreams, concerns, values and know each other before we put our full force into our community. I would like to connect with more people - youth and personnel within organisations. I think the action is just beginning!