In 2020, GPE set up its youth leader program to amplify the work of young education activists from over 40 partner and donor countries.
The program offers a platform for young advocates to raise awareness about the challenges facing education, engage with policy and decision makers, and collaborate on solutions for a better future.
As the first cohort ends its tenure and the new youth leaders wait in the wings, we look back on some of the many program highlights of the last two years.
From sharing a stage with world leaders at the Global Education Summit co-hosted by the President of Kenya and Prime Minister of the UK, to hosting our annual ‘Futures Festival’ to raise awareness, we’ve impacted decision makers, influenced policy and increased the funding going towards a quality education for the children who need it most.
COVID-19 pandemic and the digital divide
GPE youth leaders have been at the forefront of raising awareness about the challenges following the disruptions caused by the pandemic to education systems globally.
Mukhtar and Maryjacob from Nigeria called on leaders to increase their ambitions for financing education and development.
Zubair, Armel, and Maryjacob shared their thoughts on the impact of technology on education during COVID, the opportunities it provided, and the challenges of the digital divide.
Intergenerational dialogue and the RewirEd Summit
GPE hosted several intergenerational dialogues to amplify the voices of youth at key global moments. For example, Ashlegh, Maryam and Nivaal, GPE youth leaders from Zimbabwe and Canada/Pakistan respectively, participated in an intergenerational dialogue on International Day of Education 2022, which highlighted how Canada and Zimbabwe are helping transform education for the most vulnerable children.
GPE also supported Armel and Maryjacob to attend the RewirEd Summit, which provided a platform for young activists from across the world to unite and organize for a better future.
Advocacy to G7 leaders
GPE youth leaders spoke truth to power, calling on G7 and G20 leaders to protect, prioritize and increase education financing advocated to G7 leaders, calling for more funding and support for education in lower-income countries.
During Germany’s G7 presidency year, Karen, Van Anh, Felize and Ruszlan took a ‘flying school’ across Berlin with a giant letter making the case for education financing as a G7 and international development priority.
Playful learning and transforming education
Angel and Zoé joined 300 participants at the Lego Idea Conference in June 2021 to think about "playful learning" beyond the classroom. They shared four reasons why transformed education systems are a powerful tool to empower future generations.
Lilia and Ranja from France shared their thoughts on what it will take to truly make education a reality for children around the world at the Transforming Education pre-Summit in Paris in June 2021.
To-do list for decision makers
On the International Youth Day in 2022, 11 GPE youth leaders wrote a to-do list for decision makers on how to transform education. The list includes priorities such as ensuring free education for all children, investing in girls' education, and integrating the SDGs into curriculums.
Gender equality: A youth perspective
In their various articles and interviews, Fatu, Asimawu, Diana, Shradha and Cynthia added their voices to the call for gender equality in education. They emphasized the need for policies that allow comprehensive sexual education in public schools and include girls who experience teenage pregnancy.
In addition, they called for affirmative action and accommodations for girls with disabilities.
Selina from Kenya spoke at a virtual discussion on girls' education and visited London in 2022 to speak about GPE's financing campaign with UK Members of Parliament, where she emphasized the importance of external financing in ensuring that girls have access to education and the links between education and climate change.