Mohammad Naeem, a TY year student in St. Colman’s College, Claremorris has been elected Regional Liaison & Support Officer of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU). Mohammad was elected at the Annual Assembly, and will take up his role officially in July.
The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union is the national representative body for second-level student councils, with over 500 schools affiliated to the union nationally. Since the onset of COVID-19 and its impact on the education system, the ISSU has sat on an Advisory Group of the Department of Education & Skills, representing students and cooperating with other stakeholders on issues such as the Junior Cert, schools reopening and the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Leaving Cert.
Speaking on why he ran for election, Mohammad stated, “My main reason for running was to help students and I felt this position would allow me to do this across the country. There are so many unrepresented voices in secondary schools because they are silenced or are afraid to speak up and voice their opinions. It can be a scary prospect, especially when you are on your own. I want to make sure everyone knows about the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union and that they know they have a voice nationally”.
Mohammad has previously worked on the Education Working Group of the union, and also identifies as a climate activist, having worked with ECO-UNESCO and as a Climate Ambassador. Mohammad also volunteers as the President of the Young Saint Vincent de Paul Committee in his school.