Youth Advocacy Group represented in high-level global education discussions

© UNICEF/2013/Daria Ng

The Youth Advocacy Group of the Global Education First Initiative convenes this week at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC for their second in-person meeting since September 2012.

By Daria Ng

WASHINGTON, DC, 17 April 2013 – The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) convenes this week for their second in-person meeting since September 2012. The YAG, comprised of 15 youth activists between the ages of 15 to 28, come from 15 different countries. YAG members are involved with a variety of education issues in their home countries including girls’ education, child advocacy, children and disabilities, and vocational training, among others. They bring with them important youth voices and perspectives on critical education issues that affect youth around the world, and they serve as youth spokespeople for GEFI.

This week, in the lead up to the Learning for All Ministerial co-hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General, President of the World Bank Group, and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, the YAG are speaking on many panels where they are able to share their personal stories and represent their countries on a variety of issues.

On 17 April 2013, YAG members are presenting in two panels at the Brookings Institution on the finance and quality gap in education. Following the panels, there will be a Youth Global Video Conference where the YAG will meet with both international youth and high school students in Washington, DC to discuss what needs to be done to accelerate progress in education. 

During the Learning for All Ministerial on 18 April, YAG members will be represented at the GEFI High-Level Steering Committee Meeting, events by the Global Business Coalition for Education, and panels at the World Bank about learning and equity in the post-2015 development agenda and gender equality in education. 

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education is hosting a day of events for civil society on 19 April, where YAG members will be presenting on panels about child labor and slavery, ending child marriage, and teacher quality. The YAG will also lead a call to action for civil society to galvanize other youth to be involved in efforts to achieve learning for all. 

These are just some of the events where youth will be represented in what is an unprecedented effort to include youth voices in global education discussions. 

The full week of events scheduled can be viewed here: http://globaleducationfirst.org/finalsprint2015.html 

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