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In a world where human rights continue to face significant challenges, the stories of those who champion these fundamental values stand out as beacons of hope and inspiration. One such individual is 23-year-old CArdel Hunte, a passionate youth activist, author, singer/songwriter who armed with a master’s degree, has dedicated his life to advocating for equality, and opportunities for all. He understood early that education could be a powerful tool for social change.
Graduating with a master’s degree from the University of Guyana, he acquired a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of human rights issues, legal frameworks, and policy advocacy. This educational foundation will become the catalyst for his unwavering commitment to making a tangible impact in the realm of human rights.
In 2017, CArdel’s passion for youth development led to the birth of Vocal Identity Series(V.I.S), an arts-based youth group aimed at the development of vocal talents and the finding of one’s purpose and identity. The group’s motto was, “I am my voice, a unique sound, not an echo.”
At V.I.S CArdel was on a mission to help persons achieve their sense of purpose and identity. The series includes training and development in singing, public speaking, rapping, vocal percussion, poetry, and spoken word and worship singing. With his continued service to the arts and other volunteering opportunities, he founded the University of Guyana’s Vocal Affinity Club (U.G V.A.C ) in 2018 and Men’s Action Network (U.G. M.A.N) in 2019. He was also a proud member of the University of Guyana’s Student Council in 2018 as a faculty representative for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Secretary of the Executive Council. In 2020, CArdel published his book titled “I Dare Me.”
During his academic journey, he engaged in transformative experiences that shaped his perspective on human rights. Research projects, and interactions with diverse communities opened CArdel’s eyes to the multifaceted challenges people face worldwide. These experiences fueled with his determination aims to address systemic injustices and contribute to building a more equitable world. Hunte grew up in the village of Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, Region Three(3). Being the second child of his parents, his child to adulthood journey was adventurous and fulfilling, but not short of challenges.
CArdel attended the Genesis Early Childhood Education Centre for his elementary primary education then moved to the Winfer Gardens Primary School where he advanced to the West Demerara Secondary School and later pursued CAPE at the St. Stanislaus College. As an advocate for youth development and children’s human rights CArdel found himself immersed in various talent and skill development programmes for youth and activism for the rights of others.