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December 8, 2017 10:40 AM

Conestoga student attends World Bank Youth Summit

Daniel Ajiroba, a student in Conestoga’s Bachelor of Environmental Public Health degree program, attended the World Bank Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 4 and 5. Ajiroba was one of 140 youth leaders selected to attend the summit out of a pool of more than 2,800 applicants from across the globe.

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Bachelor of Environmental Public Health student Daniel Ajiroba attended the World Bank Youth Summit on December 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C.

The annual event, held the World Bank’s global headquarters, serves as a platform for conversation and action to help the organization stay relevant to global youth and involve young people in its work. The forum provided a space for youth to share their ideas and learn from one another: this year’s theme explored the use of technology and innovation.

“The greatest learning experience for me was learning how technologies and innovative ideas are changing the fundamental nature of work,” said Ajiroba. “Also, through interactive learning, the summit helped me gain new insights on how I can incorporate technology into addressing public health issues.”

Attendees participated in plenary sessions as well as workshops that explored the subthemes of: transforming the jobs and skills of tomorrow, leveraging information and communication technologies, and igniting youth entrepreneurship.

Ajiroba said he looks forward to carrying forward the lessons he learned into his work and future engagements and projects. In addition to his studies, he works as an intern for Conestoga's Student Engagement team.

In 2015, Ajiroba received the Queen’s Young Leader award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The award recognizes and celebrates exceptional youth across the Commonwealth who are taking a lead in their communities to transform lives.