African young people raise their voice for education
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 high on the national, regional and global development agenda.
November 01, 2018 by GPE Secretariat
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Members of the audience at a performance put on by the youth theatre project. Mali. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino
Members of the audience at a performance put on by the youth theatre project. Mali.
Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Edith Esinam Asamani

Edith Esinam Asamani
Edith Esinam Asamani

Edith is passionate about volunteering and advocating for youth and women’s rights. The founder of KNITWEB, an umbrella of support networks to mentor girls and empower young people, she feels strongly that she can help change the world with and for young people.

Edith’s childhood in the slums of Ghana wasn’t easy. She witnessed firsthand how the lack of access to basic education can have a profound negative effect in the lives of young people. Today she continues to advocate to empower young people, in particular through sexual and health education, which is crucial to ensure today’s adolescents and young adults can have agency over their own lives and thrive.

Read Edith’s blogs:

Salimatou Fatty

Salimatou Fatty
Salimatou Fatty

Salimatou is the founder of the Salimatou Foundation for Education (SaFE), an organization that calls for quality education and gender equality for all. A trained peace educator, she is globally recognized as an education and gender advocate. 

Born in The Gambia, Salimatou faced several obstacles in pursuing her education, but thanks to her efforts and perseverance, she is now able to pursue a law degree.

Salimatou is convinced that education is the only way to gender equality and sustainable development. She believes in the power of young people to influence policies and ensure that the laws in place to support girls’ and women’s rights are applied.

Read Salimatou’s blogs:

Mohamed Sidibay

Mohamed Sidibay
Mohamed Sidibay

A former child soldier left orphaned at 5 during Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war, Mohamed Sidibay is a passionate and vivid example of the power of education to turn a life around.

In the midst of enormous adversity, education gave him hope and allowed him to move past the horrors of the conflict.

Now Mohamed uses his voice to advocate for more investments in education to ensure young people can acquire the skills they need to enter the workforce, and have a chance to succeed in life.

Read Mohamed’s blogs and op ed:

You can read from other young African education advocates and activists who through their advocacy have collaborated on the GPE platform. These young advocates are doing their part to influence policy and decision-makers to increase political will and financing for education, as well as  seek to bring about policy change and accountability on education: Gideon Olanrewaju, Kenneth Gyamerah, Vivian Adhiambo Onano, Aline Nizigama, Wadi Ben-Hirki, Victoria Ibiwoye, Monique Guenoune, Jacopo Bencini and  Nondumiso Hlophe, Amina Yusuf, Brian Mutebi, and Peace Ayo Adegbola.

Available here is The Youth Solidarity Statement from the GPE Financing Conference in Dakar created by over 40+ you from across Africa and beyond.

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My passion to see a good number of the girl-child in school unbridled because my experience and my observation. As an undergraduate 19year old girl a the University of Ghana I just count it an opportunity . Considering the teeming girls out of school and the bleak future that awaits them, I vow to use my all: time , energy and resources to let my dream come through.

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