Youstina was the director of the project I, Ambassador of Peace. She is an Egyptian girl with an infectious smile. Carrying out this role has been a valuable experience for her, with some unexpected consequences.
“In the beginning I was only supposed to be coordinator, but then I became project director” explained Youstina from Egypt which is involved in the I, Ambassador of Peace project. This transition involved some difficulties: “There were lots of things I didn’t know or that weren’t clear to me. I went through difficult moments. I was afraid that things wouldn’t go as they were meant to. I couldn’t sleep at night. I asked myself what I should do. The answer was simple: ask for help”.
This gave rise to a team that took charge of the project and worked to promote and spread a culture of Peace in Egypt: “We supported and encouraged one another. We organised lots of initiatives involving children, parents and teachers. And everything went well, because we lived these moments in joy and peace”.
It was not only a learning experience for children, parents and teachers but also for Youstina: “I learnt that I have to have more confidence in myself. The relationships established thanks to I, Ambassador of Peace, are more important than the project numbers or the documents to be filled out. I am grateful to have had this experience”.
There is one thing, in particular, that Youstina would like to see remain at the end of the project: “I would like each of us to decide how to live these values in life and at work”. Talking about peace to children, teachers and parents has sown the seeds for dialogue, understanding, solidarity, respect for differences and support for the most vulnerable in Egypt’s complex society, and this has been possible thanks to people like Youstina.