Youth, who hail from 196 countries, attending the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) in Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday. (Photo courtesy of WYF administration)
Organised annually under the auspices of the president since 2017, the WYF has become a chance for youths to engage with top policymakers and network with promising peers from the region and the world that are determined to make the world a better place for everyone.
While over 15,000 people from more than 160 countries took part in the last three editions of the forum, the fourth edition of the WYF hosts hundreds of youths who hail from 196 countries.
Attendees have been seen raising flags of different countries, including Arab, African, and European states in the opening ceremony on Monday.
Youssef Mohsen is an Egyptian young man who founded the Cairo-based e-sports team ‘Anubis Gaming’ in 2015. The team takes part in competitive videogame tournaments regionally and internationally.
Mohsen is attending the WYF on behalf of his team.
Yuma Soerianto, 15, is a developer from Australia who developed numerous apps and started coding websites when he was only six years old.
While Soerianto has impressed the attendees of the first editon of the WYF, the good news is that he is also attending this year’s edition of the forum.
El-Sisi honoured Soerianto during the closing session of the first edition of the WYF.
Ndlovu Youth Choir
The Ndlovu Youth Choir is an internationally famous youth choral group based in Limpopo. The Limpopo-based group, who drew global attention when they rose to the finals of Season 14 of America’s Got Talent in 2019.
They were keen to take pictures ahead of their participation in the WYF.
Nelson Kwaje from South Sudan is the chairman of DefyHateNow, a community group with many branches across Africa that seeks to mobilise civic action against all forms of misinformation and hate speech.
Kwaje, who is also a cofounder of many start-ups and platforms, has attended a preparatory workshop for the WYF focused on ‘Generation Z’s perspectives on a post pandemic world.’
Itziar Ituño, a Spanish actress who is known for her role in the Spanish TV series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), is also attending this year’s WYF.
Addressing attendees, Ituño said it is an honour for her to be part of the forum with young people from across the world.
According to Ituño, this is her second visit to Egypt; her first was in 1998 when she visited Cairo and Luxor.
During the ceremony, several artistic and cultural shows took place featuring singers from different nationalities, including Egypt’s Mohamed El-Sharnouby.
Furthermore, using hologram technology, the great physician Albert Einstein, Islamic scholar Jalal Al-Din Al-Rumi, and Mother Mary Teresa were brough back to life during the forum’s opening session.
The holograms highlighted some of their famous quotes to encourage youths to works towards a better future, including Einstein’s famous quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”