Youth Call to Action: Education for all can be achieved

© UNICEF/2013/Daria Ng

Members of the Youth Advocacy Group in Washington, DC. 16 April 2013.

By Daria Ng

NEW YORK, 29 April 2013 - The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) of the Global Education First Initiative presented a Youth Call to Action to ensure that young people are included in the decision-making processes of global education debates, and to announce an upcoming youth advocacy event on 12 July 2013. 15 members of the Youth Advocacy Group read the Call to Action at a day-long event for civil society organized by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Mr. Gordon Brown on 19 April.

The event was one of several global education events that took place from 16-19 April in Washington, DC that culminated in the Learning for All Ministerial meetings, which were organized under the framework of the Global Education First Initiative.

In their Call to Action, YAG members reminded their audience that, "You will be held accountable, because our progress depends solely on everyone's willingness and ability to commit to what they said they would do. Nothing is more depressing than progress hindered because of inaction."

To build on the momentum garnered during the week of events and to rally a youth movement advocating for education, YAG members also announced that on 12 July there will be a youth takeover of the UN involving young people around the world demonstrating their commitment to putting education first. The day coincides with the birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the young activist from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls' right to education. Ms. Yousafzai herself is expected to be in attendance on 12 July, in her first public appearance since the incident.

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