Collibri Foundation brings young people together to make their voices heard

“I dream of setting up a training centre for young people who don’t have access to education or the Internet,” smiles Aminata (Guinea). Vanessa (Brazil) wants to help family-owned farms in her community grow a new crop: passion fruit. Kobe (Belgium) is studying geography in order to be able to work as a researcher to tackle the climate crisis. Together with Aminata, Vanessa and Kobe, more than 50 ambitious young people made their voices heard during Tomorrow's Voices for a better future.

Cross-border exchange

Collibri Foundation supports training projects for young people in difficult situations, both in Belgium and in developing countries where Colruyt Group purchases its products. This way, we want to build a sustainable relationship between North and South that goes far beyond the economic aspect. For the third year in a row, young people from various training projects came together at the Tomorrow's Voices exchange event. These are projects such as Boost, Mentor Escale, Trias, YOUCA and EduExposure. More than 50 young world citizens from Belgium, Brazil, Ecuador, Guinea, Indonesia and other countries teamed up to exchange ideas and cultural traditions, as well as to learn from each other and take action.

Alyiah and Ella map out on paper their dream of a world in which rich and poor work together.
Alyiah and Ella map out on paper their dream of a world in which rich and poor work together.
Young people’s aspirations

6 topical themes

The entire day, the participants discussed the hot topics high on their agenda. The topics ranged from gender equality, social inequality between rich and poor, getting young voices heard, the climate, the power of diversity, education and employment opportunities. They openly shared their personal experiences, found similarities between their individual aspirations and together started looking for specific actions to do their bit.

Small initiatives, big impact

When young people take charge of their own lives and set an example, it inspires their family, friends, community and even society, our collective consciousness. This way, small contributions can lead to large achievements. Breaking through the conventional patterns of thinking, first and foremost requires courage. For example, to break the taboo surrounding female genital mutilation or mixed marriages. Or to stand up against discrimination at school and in the labour market. Or to move to the city on your own as a young person to study, or to set up your own business.

Conclusion of the day: the powerful voice of one young person can make a massive difference.
Conclusion of the day: the powerful voice of one young person can make a massive difference.

We are all the same, regardless of skin colour, religion, gender or age. And Tomorrow's Voices gave us the opportunity to share the same platform.

During this third Tomorrow’s Voices, several ideas were raised. For example, the collaboration between farmers and large companies, the introduction of an eco-score on packaging indicating the ecological footprint of a product, and free education for everyone. The young people also pointed out the role that governments and wealthy organisations have to play in this. Fresh ideas that are sure to inspire Colruyt Group employees.

Young people from different cultures visualise their aspirations
Young people from different cultures visualise their aspirations

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Quality education