9-year-old Papua New Guinean is an Award Winning Author and UN Ambassador


By Daphne Rasehei – EMTV Online

An inspirational group of young authors have had their voices heard on sustainable development; which includes environmental, social and economic issues, and children’s rights during the UN General Assembly’s 70th Anniversary in New York.

The Children’s Summit aims to raise awareness of children’s visions on the rights of the child and sustainability values, and to express the voices of children on pressing global problems.

Amongst the talented kids, a Grade Four student from the Australian International School, Tyronah Sioni, has written her first book and to top it off has been appointed the Children’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

The 9-year-old Author from Papua New Guinea, shared her first book titled “The Visible Girls”, a meaningful and open-minded description of how a girl with an invisible friend learns to stand up for women’s equality, organising themselves to secure access to education, health and livelihoods for all.

Her book was launched at the Children’s Summit in New York where she helped finalise a statement on the Declaration of Children and the world’s Sustainable Development Goals by giving a short speech.

Tyra commented, “You can write a story too and maybe go to New York one day. However, you have to write about an important issue that can make a difference to people in the world.”  

She has clearly demonstrated a commitment to addressing the needs of our world through her love of literacy, and though living in another country, has done justice to a significant issue in PNG.

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