The commission launched the global video competition 21 March challenging young people to tell their stories and share ideas about the future of education. Winners will be announced during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. The launch coincides with the official announcement of sixteen international youth leaders, including Nobel Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, who will serve on the Education Commission’s Youth Panel
UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the Education Commission, Gordon Brown said, “From Syria to South Africa, young people are directly affected by our efforts to ensure quality education for all and it is absolutely vital that we engage them in the work of the Education Commission. The new Education Video Challenge gives us an opportunity to crowd-source ideas about the future of education from the world’s most creative resource–our youth. Each and every one of us is determined to do all in our power to help the world reach the ambitious new Sustainable Development Goals, particularly for education.”
Referring to the newly formed youth panel, Mr. Brown said, “We look forward to working with this inspiring group of young leaders from across the globe to connect the Education Commission’s work with the passion, ideas and actions of children and youth across the globe.”
With support from MTV Voices and the Global Youth Ambassadors of A World At School, the Education Youth Video Challenge asks young people from around the world aged 13 to 30 to submit 30-second videos that address two questions: How can education best prepare you for the future? and What would your ideal school of the future look like?
Winning videos will be featured on the MTV Voices platform and at the Commission’s report launch during the UN General Assembly in September. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an invitation to New York for the screening of his/her video at the report launch. A People’s Choice Award will also be given to the video that receives the most public votes.
The winning videos will be selected by the Education Commission’s Youth Panel, co-chaired by Kennedy Odede, Co-founder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in Kenya and Rosemarie Rammit, a visually impaired advocate for youth with disabilities from Guyana.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai is also on the panel.
Beth Garrod, Director of International Social Responsibility at MTV, will also serve on the video challenge jury. Ms. Garrod said, “MTV Voices is excited to lend its support to the Education Commission and this important campaign to help ensure everyone’s basic right to quality education around the world. Young people are passionate about making a positive impact on the world, and this collaboration with the Education Youth Video Challenge gives them a great chance to use their creativity to share their vision for the future of education. Stay tuned for big ideas, innovation and impact!”
The sixteen young leaders from all corners of the globe selected to serve on the Commission’s Youth Panel include former child soldier-turned education advocate from Sierra Leone Mohamed Sidibay; Teach for Lebanon CEO Salyne El Samarany; elected National Deputy of Santiago District and former leader of Chile’s student movement Giorgio Jackson; A World At School Global Youth Ambassador Hellen Griberg of Zambia/Norway and founder of PEER, a Chinese service learning non-profit organization, Menghan Shen.
The full list of the Education Commission’s Youth Panel:
Kennedy Odede (Kenya), Co-founder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
Rosemarie Rammit (Guyana), Advocate for youth with disabilities, visually impaired Leonard Cheshire Disability Young Voices member and teacher trainee at the Cyril Potter College of Education.
Sanaya Bharucha (India), Manager, Student Leadership, Teach For India
Naglaa Fathy (Egypt), General practitioner doctor, A World At School Global Youth Ambassador focused on education development in slum areas and women’s issues
Hellen Griberg (Zambia/Norway), Theirworld Project Assistant; A World At School Global Youth Ambassador
Giorgio Jackson (Chile), National Deputy elected in Santiago District; former leader of Chile’s student movement
Benedict Joson (Philippines), Huffington Post education blogger
Mohamed Khalil Liouane (Tunisia), Student activist, coordinator of the world’s largest BIL conference
Ramon Montano (USA), Co-founder of Thinking Indigenous
Francine Muyumba (Democratic Republic of Congo), President of the Pan African Youth Union
Shizuka Nishimura (Japan), Former Project Coordinator at Children Without Borders in Bangladesh
Salyne El Samarany (Lebanon), CEO Teach For Lebanon
Menghan Shen, (China), Assistant Professor at Waseda University; Founder of PEER, a service education NGO
Mohamed Sidibay (Sierra Leone), Former child soldier; World Teach and Colombia Ministry of Education Fellow
Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra (Dominican Republic), Gates Scholar at Cambridge University
Martine Ekomo Soignet (Central African Republic), Founder of URU, a youth-led peace-building and development organization
Iman Usman (Indonesia), Co-founder and CEO of Ruangguru.com, Indonesia's largest online marketplace for private tutoring and educational content
Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan), Co-founder of the Malala Fund and youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
The Youth Panel will help connect the voices of young people to the Education Commission’s work, catalyze support for the Commission’s activities, and contribute the youth perspective to the Commission’s final Agenda for Action that will be presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the UN General Assembly in September 2016.
The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (The Education Commission) is a major new global initiative engaging world leaders, policy makers and researchers to develop a renewed and compelling investment case and financing pathway for achieving equal educational opportunity for children and young people.
The Education Commission is bringing together the best research and policy analysis on the actions necessary to increase investment in concrete, relevant learning outcomes that have a positive impact on economic and social development. The Commission is co-convened by Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi and the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, serves as the Chair of the Commission.
The Education Youth Video Challenge is being organized with support from the Global Youth Ambassadors of A World at School and MTV Voices.
To enter the Education Youth Video Challenge:
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