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.

Highlights

Sweat runs down a shoe-shining boy's face. © ILO/Do Duc Viet
November 27, 2018
Today the award-winning documentary, The Price of Free, is released. Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi asks us to join him in his campaign to globalize compassion.
Leaders and youth advocates gathered for a workshop supported by Plan International in Dakar  in early 2018. Credit: GPE/Victoria Egbetayo
November 26, 2018
Being selected as a peace ambassador to attend the One Young World Summit last month was a dream come true for Salimatou, a GPE youth advocate who has dedicated her life to the cause of education for...
Members of the audience at a performance put on by the youth theatre project. Mali. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino
November 01, 2018
On the occasion of Africa Youth Day, we highlight the efforts of African youth advocates and activists promoting quality education for all. We are grateful them for their activism to keep education...
Victoria Ibiwoye, youth representative on the Education 2030 Steering Committee.
October 17, 2018
An interview of Victoria Ibiwoye, youth representative on the Education 2030 Steering Committee, who talks about her experiences, motivations, and her message to other young people about education.

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.
  • For the 2018-2020 replenishment campaign, GPE has set up a group of youth advocates from a range of partner countries. They bring experience and knowledge of their local contexts, as well as experience in working on education issues at national, regional, and global levels.
  • Youth advocates participated in the GPE Financing Conference in February 2018 and presented a solidarity statement to the plenary session.
  • The objectives of youth advocates are to:
    • Contribute to advocacy and strategic communications that advance the goals and objectives of GPE 2020 and to mobilize young people around the world to engage in advocacy on education.
    • Advise the GPE Secretariat on how to champion the voice of youth in its youth advocacy and engagement efforts.
    • Support CSO led efforts to build and integrate youth representation within the CSO constituency.
    • Identify advocacy opportunities and spaces (including public policy platforms) for GPE to engage young people, and to lend their voice to these spaces in support of GPE.
    • Work with GPE to increase global and national financing for education.
    • Engage in outreach to other youth advocates and youth networks and support GPE to build its youth network, and its dialogue with other CSOs.
  • In June 2014, 29 young people from 19 countries had participated in GPE’s Replenishment Conference in Brussels.

Learn more about the youth advocates group

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

Youth advocates

Salimatou Fatty
Salimatou Fatty
Leroy Phillips
Leroy Phillips
Mahmoud Khalil
Mahmoud Khalil
Megha Kashyap
Megha Kashyap
Edith Esinam Asamani
Edith Esinam Asamani
Jose Mateo Dela Cruz
Jose Mateo Dela Cruz
Mohamed Sidibay
Mohamed Sidibay

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