We are thrilled to announce that Teach For Lebanon CEO, Salyne El Samarany, and Teach For India Manager of Student Leadership, Sanaya Bharucha, have both been nominated by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the Education Commission) to serve as members of its Youth Panel.
The Education Commission, chaired by the UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, is a global initiative which gathers world leaders, policy makers, and researchers to develop a plan to invest in and reform global education. The aim of the plan is to recommend pathways to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG 4): “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. The Commission’s report, with input from the Youth Panel, will be presented to the UN Secretary-General at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016.
The Youth Panel will seek to bring forward the voices of young people to the Commission’s work, mobilize support for the Commission’s activities, and promote its agenda for action in financing education. Kennedy Odede, a member of Teach For All’s Global Advisory Council, is the co-chair of the Youth Panel alongside Rosemarie Ramitt, an advocate for youth with disabilities from Guyana. Education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will also serve as one of the 16 members of the Youth Panel.
In their role, the Youth Panelists will discuss the Commission’s work with their communities and local education stakeholders and solicit their feedback and suggestions. In addition, they’ll support and promote the Education Youth Video Challenge which aims to mobilize young people on every continent to showcase their ideas about the future of education in their schools, communities and countries.
We look forward to learning from Salyne, Sanaya, and their Youth Panel colleagues as they work to ensure the opinions and perspectives of young people around the world are reflected in the discourse around global education and in the Commission’s report to the UN this fall. Learn more about the Commission and the other young leaders serving on the Youth Panel. – See more