Meet 7 young people standing up for education
The GPE youth advocates come from all corners of the globe, but they all share the same conviction that every child has the right to a quality education.
August 08, 2018 by GPE Secretariat
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Last February, youth advocates opened the GPE Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal with a rousing call to action:

“Youth are not simply beneficiaries of education. We are partners in creating a better world. Youth do not need to be given a voice. We already have one. What we need is the platform of education for which our voices can be heard.”

We couldn’t agree more. In fact, who better to advocate for education than young people?

The GPE youth advocates come from all corners of the globe and have vastly different experiences and backgrounds. However, they all share the conviction that every child has the right to a quality education that equips them with the skills need to thrive as adults.

We asked each of them “Why education?” and here’s what they had to say:

Salimatou Fatty: "Education transformed my life and uplifted my family from economic disadvantage. I want every human being to live in decency and peace. This can only be possible if everyone has access to quality education."
Leroy Phillips: Children with disabilities face some of the greatest challenges in attending school – from accessibility to discrimination. But education as it is a necessity of life for everyone.
Megha Kashyap: Education is a basic human right and I advocate for it to be accessible to all. It is only through education that we can reduce gross inequalities in our economies, communities and societies!
 Mahmoud Khalil: Education transforms lives! It is essential to realize and exercise all of our human rights! Investing in education is an investment in our country's future. It's an investment in the future of the coming generations.
Jose Mateo Dela Cruz: Education is a fundamental right – fundamental for youth to become citizens capable of informed choices about their future. I believe that quality and accessible education for all will eradicate socio-economic, cultural and gender equality in our generation!
Edith Esinam Asamani: Education liberated me - it made me stand out even in the slum and I could explore my dreams and grow. With quality education for all, especially girls, there will be a rising of change makers who vote wisely, lead wisely and serve others. This is why I advocate for education!
Mohamed Sidibay: My country's conflicts robbed me of my childhood. This is not a unique story, but remains a sad one. But education turned my sadness into hope! It allowed me to rewrite my future despite my past. I advocate for education so others have a chance to rewrite their futures too!
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