Global Partnership for Education, (GPE), the international platform pushing for educational access for all children in the developing world is already on the trenches ahead of this year’s International Youth Day, (IYD). Coming up Monday, August 12th, 2019, the IYD is a United Nation’s own statement on transforming education.
The GPE is inviting all to take note of what it calls some great campaigns and movements for anyone to add own voice to. The GPE stressed in a Secretariat statement its own intervention towards strengthening education systems across developing countries “so that they can equip every child with the skills they need to thrive”, something it regards as epitome of being transformative.
Echoing the UN Secretary-General António Guterres that this International Youth Day gives cause to celebrate young people, youth-led organizations, governments and others who are working to transform education and uplift young people everywhere, the GPE answers its own rhetorical question of “why does education need to be transformed?” by saying: Because, if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2030 1 billion youth will not have the skills they need to enter the modern workforce”. Before naming the great campaigners, GPE says it will be joining its partners across the globe in calling for education that is more inclusive of youth voices and responsive to their needs. It names the following campaigns:
- Plan Internationalbelieves that young people must have the opportunity to lead change within their own communities, countries and globally. Collaboratively, they seek ways to enable children and young people, particularly girls and young women, to understand and defend their right to gender transformative education. Find out more
- To celebrate International Youth Day the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)is launching a youth-powered campaign: #TransformEducation.
- For the next year, youth-led networks (Education Transformers) will work together to transform education for gender equality.
- The Global Campaign for Education, along with INGO members like Action Aid International and Plan International, are partnering with #TransformEducation campaign led by UNGEL and calling on youth in their networks to speak out to transform education.
- FAWEhas also joined the #TransformEducation They join the African Union Youth Envoy, Plan International, African Youth Commission Union and others for a Twitter chat on ‘Preparing Youth for the Future of Work’ on Friday, August 9.Tune in by following @RsFawe #YouthandFutureofWork.
- Girls Not Brideshighlights the impact of child marriage across the Sustainable Development Goals and encourages governments to deliver on their commitments under SDG 5.3 (to end child marriage). You can get involved through their Youth Activism toolkit. Through the transformative power of training and education, and by using the training program developed by Girls Not Brides, young people can become amazing advocates for change. Watch this 30 second video on the youth activism training guide.
- Send My Friend to School is a UK based schools campaign calling on leaders to unlock education for everyone – find out more here.
- ONE youth champions and ambassadors lobby decision makers, support media advocacy efforts, and mobilize public support for ONE issues, including education.
- Malala Fund created Assemblyas a platform for girls and young women around the world to share their thoughts, challenges and accomplishments — and for all of us to learn about this new generation of leaders.