Mohamed Husni is an undergraduate studying for his B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Business Information Technology. Being very passionate about environment focused activism, youth empowerment and mobilization; he has been able to formulate and contribute towards many projects, initiatives within the school as well as with other youth organizations and civil society institutions in the local community.
Presently, he manages “Eco Care Sri Lanka”, being the founder of this voluntary organization which he founded in 2006, aimed at networking with organizations and individuals interested in working towards positive social change by promoting sustainable environmental practices among young poeple
Eco Care Sri Lanka’s signature campaign “Green the World Campaign” (launched in 2009), which raises awareness (through seminars & interactive sessions) amongst school communities on the importance of Solid Waste Management, and thereby assist them with the setting up of waste management systems within the school premises.
The campaign also addresses the issue of Climate Change and highlights the close relationship between Solid Waste Management and mitigation of global warming. This campaign also helps school communities to bring waste management into practice, by donating the required colour coded bins and through continuous monitoring of the set-up waste management system. The campaign has reached more than 2000 students and teachers thus far, and is expected to reach more in the future.
As part of the first phase of the campaign, in addition to the activities on awareness raising and setting up of solid waste management systems in schools, the campaign website www.greentheworldcampaign.org was launched by the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ms. Kathy Klugman on the 21st September, 2010 at the British Council Auditorium.
He is also one of the International Climate Champions (ICC) of British Council and he works as an ICC Ambassador to lead spreading awareness about climate change and conservation. The British Council’s International Climate Champions program engages young people around the world as communicators who will help to influence and educate their peers and the general public on the urgency of climate change.
He is the Programme officer at Global Environment Advocacy & Production Association (GEAPA), a global youth network based in Kenya, supported by Oxfam International Youth Partnerships, Australia.
At present he functions as the District Director - International Services at Rotaract Sri Lanka & Immediate Past President of Rotaract Club of Colombo North, R.I. District 3220 – Sri Lanka while also being selected as a Delegate/Action Partner, representing Sri Lanka, for the Fourth Sitting of the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (2010-2013) organized by Oxfam Australia. This is a global network of 300 youth activists from 100 countries and will be working as a change-maker with this initiative, for next 3 years.
In 2011, he became a “Global Changemaker” for his significant track record as a community activist and a volunteer for last 5 years. (Global Changemakers is a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs and the programme is managed by the British Council Switzerland). He is the Co-Creator of ‘YOUTH’ is the word, World Record 2011.
Five young, British Council - Global Changemakers, brought 1500 Sri Lankans together, to break a Guinness World Record in celebration of International Youth Day 2011. This has been recorded as the largest Human Mosaic in the world.
Mohamed Husni along with other 4 Global Changemakers organized the Largest Human Mosaic in the World (the formation of the word 'YOUTH') on the 12th of August 2011 in Colombo. The Guinness World Record Committee adjudicated the event and announced that the existing record of a human mosaic with 1250 people in France had been successfully broken.
They managed to mobilize 1500 youth in Sri Lanka with just 9 days of preparation for the whole idea and recruited and trained 150 volunteers for this event. This event was organized to provide an opportunity for the Sri Lankan youth to demonstrate to the international community the unity and strength that they possess. It also promoted youth social activism and the power of volunteerism.
In terms of professional experience, Husni was working as a National Youth Facilitator tasked to conduct the youth consultations through Nationwide Youth Focus Group Discussions (FGD) in selected 16 districts in the country for the Sri Lanka National Youth Survey II in 2009/2010 which was one of the most comprehensive surveys in terms of coverage and focus on different themes on youth, such as culture, employment, development, politics /governance. This was done as a joint venture between Sri Lanka Youth Parliament, International Alert and Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC) based at the University of Colombo to facilitate input from Sri Lankan Youth on national issues.
He wants is to become a socially responsible IT professional and a progressive citizen of Sri Lanka that will enable him to use his educational background, community work experience, management & teamwork skills, and the exposure through volunteer work in communities with the use of his educational knowledge.
Husni has keen interests on Environmental and social change activism, Cricket, Volunteering, Travelling and experiencing different cultures.
More about him…
In 2005, Husni was selected as one of the 225 young social change activists from all parts of Sri Lanka for the first ever sitting of the Sri Lankan Youth Parliament (SLYP) hosted by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), representing Colombo District. (www.slyp.org)
In 2006, Husni was awarded as one of the “Most Outstanding Students of the Year” at National Level at the “Sisu Udana Wishishtayo” Annual Award Ceremony. This selection was made out of approximately 12,000 outstanding students from all parts of Sri Lanka, who have excelled in Extra-Curricular Activities at National & International Levels.
During his schooling days, Husni was well known for his oratorical and creative thinking related skills through which, among others, he won the 1st Place of the All Island Inter-School Senior Essay Competition on “Vision for Future Sri Lanka – Post Tsunami Rebuilding” with a fully-sponsored Educational Tour to the United Kingdom; organized by the Ministry of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka and Dialog Telekom which saw more than 8000 students competing in 2006. He was Interviewed by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) at their Headquarters at the Bush House in London in 2006 November, during the tour highlighting the contribution he has made as a young student by then.
How does he contribute the world to make it a better place (The summary of his current affiliations/work with different organizations)
British Council Global Changemaker 2011 (http://www.global-changemakers.net/)
Action Partner – Sri Lanka (Oxfam International Youth Partnerships Programme 2010-2013) (http://oiyp.oxfam.org.au/)
Immediate Past President, Rotaract Club of Colombo North, R.I. District 3220 – Sri Lanka (http://rotaractcolombonorth.wordpress.com/2010-2011/)
ECO-CARE (Founder, Eco-Care Sri Lanka: an environmental activism group) - www.tinyurl.com/ecocare
International Climate Champion 2010/2011 awarded by British Council
Director 2011/12 - International Services, Rotaract Sri Lanka, Rotary International District 3220
Co-Founder – Green the World Campaign (www.greentheworldcampaign.org)
Programme officer – Global Environmental Advocacy & Production Association (GEAPA) based in Kenya, supported by Oxfam IYP.
Executive Committee member – YOUTH MODEL UNITED NATIONS 2011’ – Sri Lanka, the first ever MUN for youth in Sri Lanka
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