Ignite Compassion,
Unite Humanity.

The 2021 JCI WORLD CONGRESS will proceed as a fully virtual event advancing the JCI RISE initiative and the spirit of Ubuntu.

A year ago, we were confronted with one of the greatest challenges we have faced as humanity globally; the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw us face lockdowns and prevented us from travelling and connecting with one another physically. We had hoped that the dawn of 2021 will bring us good news and allow us to reconnect again. Our hope was that the 2021 JCI World Congress would be an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, to find solutions to global issues we face in communities and to revive the spirit of Ubuntu which is an African philosophy meaning “I am because you are.” It speaks to the interconnectedness of humanity and us showing compassion for one another. It is for this reason we have called the theme of the Congress: Ignite Compassion, Unite Humanity.

However, almost 2 years later, we find ourselves, still fighting the pandemic and unfortunately with the uncertainties and the constantly changing regulations, we have decided the 2021 JCI World Congress will proceed as a Fully Virtual Event.

We are excited to be working on an action-packed program that will galvanize members back into action. The program will focus the JCI RISE initiative where we will look into how we as young people can create sustainable solutions and develop leaders who will play an active role in being solution driven in our changing world.

Some of the key areas that will be part of the program are as follows:

  • JCI RISE In Business – This will focus conversations on entrepreneurship and share insights to develop and sustainable small businesses.
  • JCI RISE In Leadership – This will focus on leadership in the midst of a crisis.
  • JCI RISE In Personal Development – This will focus on mental well being and thriving during difficult times.
  • JCI RISE In Education – This will focus on the Future of Education, Skills of the Future, and the Future of Work.

While the Congress will be taking place online, we understand some of our members still wish to visit Johannesburg, the city of Gold. JCI South Africa has decided to host a local event during the congress to allow members to join the congress online from South Africa and also enjoy on the group keynote speakers, gala dinner and tourism as part of the local program.

One is also able to visit many of the tourism attractions which include safaris to cultural tours and many iconic landmarks that form part of the rich South African history, including the home of Nelson Mandela. Not only is Johannesburg a hub of economic activities, it is a city that is a stone throw away from the Cradle of Humankind, the place where humanity is believed to have begun. The trip to South Africa will therefore be an opportunity for you to come “home”.

It is often said there is no place like home, and we are working tirelessly to ensure your experience of the 2021 JCI World Congress is a treasured memory.

Simphiwe Zuma

2021 JCI World Congress Director

2021 World Congress Organizing Committee. Junior Chamber International South Africa. 

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