Young people are driving change across the world, holding political leaders to account on issues that matter to their future. Today, as we celebrate International Youth Day with the theme ‘Transforming Education’, let’s reflect on the power of young people’s voices, and the change they have brought about for better education.
Young activists take the lead for change
Just as Greta Thunberg and her peers from around the world have called on world leaders to address the climate emergency, young people are calling on world leaders to tackle the global education crisis. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is privileged to have support from youth activists around the world:
Malala Yousafzai’s advocacy for the rights of all - especially girls - to at least 12 years of quality education, and her meetings with Prime Minister Trudeau, President Macron and Prime Minister Abe, have helped to drive more funding for girls’ education and GPE.
Mohammed Sidibay is an education activist, a former child soldier and a survivor of conflict. His moving personal story made him an advocate for others and a supporter of GPE, to ensure every child gets the education they deserve.
GPE Global Ambassador Rihanna has mobilized thousands of her young followers to act on social media in support of GPE.
The advocacy and support of young people from across our partnership was integral to the success of the GPE Financing Conference in February 2018, helping to drive increased political will and financing for education.