The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) convened the Global Youth and Student Caucus held in Arusha, Tanzania, March 18–20, 2022.
The caucus was aimed at creating an enabling safe space for youth and students to meaningfully engage on the GCE youth engagement strategy as well as ideate around student- and youth-led actions that may feed into the mechanisms for achieving impact across the different contexts.
The caucus mustered youth and student representatives from six global regions—Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Middle East, North America and Europe—and included representatives from strategic global partners and forums such as the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Global Student Forum (GSF) and UNESCO.
Various themes were explored during the caucus that gave solid meaning to the youth and student movement.
Meaningful inclusion and participation of youth and students in strategic spaces
Youth and students understand that to ensure meaningful and genuine engagement and social change, inclusion should be the core value that is embodied within all the approaches to this work.
A key emerging theme from the caucus was agreeing on establishing more consistent and deliberate channels for national and regional youth engagement and meaningful participation in strategic spaces, including research, advocacy and campaigns.