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.

Youth advocates are organized locally, nationally and globally. They include advisors to education ministries, regional 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 quality education that prepares them to lead healthy and productive lives and contribute to their communities and countries.

Highlights

A technical education class specializing in business administration. Colombia. © Charlotte Kesl / World Bank
September 12, 2019
More initiatives are needed to protect student leaders and youth activists who are at the forefront of progressive social movements.
From right Parisa (16), Marzia (18), Maria (16) and Muzhgam (17) study in the library at the Female Experimental High School in Herat. Afghanistan. Credit: Graham Crouch / World Bank
August 12, 2019
On International Youth Day, we thank the countless young people who raise their voices to ensure all children can have a quality education, not matter where they are.
Two students in Zambia. Credit: Jessica Lea/Department for International Development
August 12, 2019
Africa is currently the youngest continent in the world. Over the next few decades, young Africans will play a critical role in the social and economic development of the continent. Ensuring they...
Leaders and youth advocates gathered for a workshop supported by Plan International in Dakar on Wednesday, January 31st.  Senegal, January 2018  Credit: GPE/Victoria Egbetayo
August 09, 2019
Across our partnership and the world, youth are working to make sure their voices are heard.

Youth and GPE

  • The Global Partnership for Education engages with youth advocates through its global 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 civil society seats.
  • Youth advocates participated in the GPE Financing Conference in February 2018 and presented a solidarity statement.

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

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

Other organizations supporting youth engagement

If you are interested in connecting with GPE partner organizations involved in youth engagement, advocacy and other forms of youth programming connected to education, the below list while not exhaustive may be a helpful start: