Youth and Education

What better advocates for education than young people?

Around the world, young men and women are standing up for the right of all children to have access to a good quality education. In their communities and countries, young people are demanding better education services, more training for teachers, and more accountability from elected leaders through targeted advocacy and monitoring.

Youth advocates for education are organized locally, nationally and globally. There are youth advisors to education ministries, regional youth councils and global advocacy networks to name a few. Through these coalitions, young people are making their voices heard and playing a key role in shaping and influencing education policies.

Youth advocates are working to ensure that all children and youth have access to a high quality education that prepares them to lead healthy and productive lives and contribute to their communities and countries.


On the International Day of the Girl, Salimatou Fatty, member of GPE’s youth advisory board, emphasizes the key role young people play role in promoting education for all, especially for girls.
Aicha Macky, a sociologist and documentary film maker from Niger, can't imagine her life without an education. She strongly believes that a woman who is educated is better equipped to run a...
The GPE Secretariat is delighted to congratulate Salimatou Fatty, a member of GPE’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) who has been included in the list of the 2017 100 most influential young Africans across...

Youth and GPE

  • The Global Partnership for Education engages with youth advocates through its advocacy team.
  • Youth organizations are active participants in national and regional civil society education coalitions. They are represented on the GPE Board of Directors through the CSO seats.
  • 29 young people from 19 countries participated in GPE’s Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels in June 2014. For the current GPE replenishment campaign, youth advocates are actively engaged on the issue of education financing.​ 
  • GPE has set up a Youth Advisory Board (YAB), which gathers youth advocates from a range of partner countries. YAB members bring experience and knowledge of their local contexts, as well as experience in working on education issues at national, regional, and global levels.
  • The YAB objectives are to:
    • mobilize young people around the world to engage in advocacy for education
    • enable young people to strengthen and incorporate youth perspectives into the work of GPE, with a focus on advocacy and communications
    • support mutual learning and advocacy opportunities for young people
    • strengthen youth engagement with civil society within GPE’s governance structure. 

To learn more about youth activities and engagement, please contact Victoria Egbetayo.  

What can young people do to support education for all children?