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Edrieënna Brandao new Chairperson Dutch UNESCO Youth Commission

Group picture of the Youth Commission (Old and New) (Edrieënna with the orange dress, on the left) Group picture of the Youth Commission (Old and New) (Edrieënna with the orange dress, on the left)

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - The 25-year-old Edrieënna Brandao has been elected as Chairperson of the UNESCO Youth Commission in The Netherlands. The coming academic year, she will participate in the Commission together with other young active students. Coming September, the Commission will have their official start.

Education

Edrieënna, or Edrie, as we know her, was born in Curaçao and moved to Statia as a baby. Her maternal family is from Statia where Edrie grew up. After receiving her HAVO diploma in 2012, Edrie returned to Curacao where she received her VWO diploma, learned Papiamentu and was reunited with her paternal family.

Edrie is currently entering into the final year of the bachelor programme ‘Education, Health and Wellbeing’ at de Leiden University of applied science. Additionally, she teaches Social Work at an MBO school and is preparing for a Masters in Pedagogy and Educational sciences. “My major issue with the current education system is that it doesn’t work for everyone. I hope to make the system more just and thereby work towards creating a society that accurately reflects the interests of all its citizens.” (STatia GIS)

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