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Youth and Education

What better advocates for education than young people?

Around the world, young men and women are standing up for the right of all children to have access to a good quality education. In their communities and countries, young people are demanding better education services, more training for teachers, and more accountability from elected leaders through targeted advocacy and monitoring.

Youth advocates for education are organized locally, nationally and globally. There are youth advisors to education ministries, regional youth councils and global advocacy networks to name a few. Through these coalitions, young people are making their voices heard and playing a key role in shaping and influencing education policies.

Youth advocates are working to ensure that all children and youth have access to a high quality education that prepares them to lead healthy and productive lives and contribute to their communities and countries.


Meet 18-year-old Bibisharifa Talbizoda from Tajikistan who recently graduated from secondary school and has high hopes to become a professional dressmaker and open her own business.
Ahead of International Youth Day, we celebrate the important role that young people play in being leading advocates in the global effort to fund education.
 native of Tanzania, 27-year-old Jamal feels grateful for the opportunities he received thanks to education. Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud
August 07, 2017
Slideshow: Read remarkable stories of young people living in GPE partner developing countries about how education has changed their lives.
GPE advocate Vivian Onano offers a youth perspective from the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Youth and the Global Partnership

  • The Global Partnership for Education engages with youth advocates through its advocacy team.
  • 29 young people from 19 countries participated in GPE’s Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels in June 2014; they spoke in the opening and closing ceremonies, participated as panelists in parallel sessions and led a dedicated “Youth Zone” and Ideas Wall to engage the conference’s 800 participants in conversations about how to better include young people in their organizations and ministries.
  • Youth organizations are active participants in national and regional education coalitions. They are represented on the GPE Board of Directors through the CSO seats. The GPE Secretariat is also working to identify best practices for engaging youth in advocacy and education systems in partner countries.

What can young people do to support education for all children?