High School Students Fight for Global Change

This year, Oaktree’s campaign Live Below the Line will be led by students aiming to end poverty within our generation. The campaign runs in the first week of May, challenging Australians to experience life on $2 a day. This is the Australian equivalent of what many young people in our region experience everyday below the extreme poverty line.

Young people represent 31.5% of the population in Cambodia, and 46% of the population in Timor Leste. Without proper education they remain powerless to escape political injustice. Their voices are often not heard, even though their future changes with every decision.

Oaktree’s student ambassadors are working to change this, building a better global future by amplifying the voices of those who are not heard. One such ambassador is Alex, who argues “young people have the power and ability to implement positive change, and we as Australians often take for granted the freedom we have to challenge ideas and injustices.”

Alex became a student ambassador after doing work experience with Oaktree. He knows that those living with limited options “can face persecution for speaking out against the government”, and that while we are “much better global citizens in this day and age, we still have a long way to go before we are truly ‘global’”.

Live Below the Line Student Ambassadors are given an exclusive opportunity to develop public speaking, project management, and leadership skills. They are able to actively engage with the issue of poverty in their communities, and collaborate with other students in the area.

Central to Oaktrees work is the idea that fighting political injustice isn’t just a good thing to do, it’s the right thing to do.

You can contribute to the movement by signing up today, at www.livebelowtheline.com.au

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