The Education Commission’s Youth Panel connects the voices of young people from across the world with the Commission’s work, catalyzes support for its activities, and promotes the Agenda for Action. Together the members of the Youth Panel have co-authored a Global Call to Action for Education, which outlines the key recommendations for the international community to undertake in order to invest in the full potential of each and every young person.
(Kenya), Co-founder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
(Guyana), Advocate for youth with disabilities; visually impaired Leonard Cheshire Disability Young Voices member; teacher trainee at the Cyril Potter College of Education
In 2012, at age sixteen, Rosemarie joined the Guyana Society for the Blind and Young Voices Guyana. She was part of the largest and first group of blind persons in the Caribbean to electronically complete the Caribbean Secondary Examinations. In 2014, she graduated at the top of her class and applied to the Cyril Potter College of Education where she is currently a final year teacher trainee majoring in English with a Science minor.
Rosemarie has traveled widely to represent and advocate for equal rights for those with disabilities. She strives for success in order to pave the way for all persons with disabilities.
(India), Manager, Student Leadership, Teach For India
Dr. Naglaa Fathy
(Egypt), General practitioner doctor; A World At School Global Youth Ambassador focused on education development in slum areas and women’s issues
(Zambia and Norway), Theirworld Project Assistant; A World At School Global Youth Ambassador
In 2014, Hellen joined A World at School as a Global Youth Ambassador. Her role as a youth ambassador has been recognized by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Last year she succeeded in getting Prime Minister Solberg and former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard to sign the #UpForSchool Petition, a youth-led petition which asks world leaders to prioritize education. Not long after, Hellen was invited to speak at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development where she urged world leaders to take action to get more children into school. She also had the opportunity to speak to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the global education funding gap. Hellen will continue her advocacy work until she sees every child in school.
(Chile), National Deputy elected in Santiago District; former leader of Chile’s student movement
But marching wasn’t enough. Having finished his IT engineering studies, he was elected as a National Deputy and founded a new political party. Since taking office, Giorgio has driven initiatives for lowering the representative’s salaries (currently the highest in the OECD); strengthened controls of undue influences of money in politics; advocated against the simplistic view of incarceration as a solution for crime; and, most importantly, continues to work towards equal access to education.
What keeps him up late at night is the development of human knowledge, the opportunities that technologies give to democratize it, and its conflict with the current intellectual property laws. Technology also has a relevant role to play in education, not only as a gadget, but also as a way of developing critical and creative thought.
Giorgio’s ultimate goal is to use new and creative instruments to empower people by giving them real tools to participate in public debate, and ensuring equality for all citizens from birth.
(Philippines), Huffington Post education blogger
Mohamed Khalil Liouane
(Tunisia), Student activist; coordinator of the world’s largest BIL conference
(USA), Co-founder of Thinking Indigenous
Ramon aspires to become an educator and considers himself a young advocate for parent, family and community engagement. He hopes to one day open his own charter school, work with UNICEF, and pursue a Masters in Education, a Ph.D. in International Law and Human Rights, and a Juris Doctorate in Educational Policy and Federal Indian Law.
He is the co-founder of Thinking Indigenous, a newly established non-profit organization working towards paving the way for indigenous youth worldwide. Ramon also serves as a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School and as the Commissioner for Indigenous Youth Affairs for the Indigenous Democracy Defense Organization. He has participated in various UN Conferences and the Global Education Youth Advocacy Training by the Global Campaign for Education. Ramon was also invited to speak at the launch of the Congressional International Basic Education Caucus.
(Democratic Republic of Congo), President of the Pan African Youth Union
She holds a Bachelor of Arts honors degree from the University of Namibia and is currently studying Law at the Protestant University of Kinshasa. At the University of Namibia, she was very active in student politics and was elected the first female President of the Student Representative Council. She also served as the Acting Country Coordinator of the United Nations Association in Namibia. She has worked closely with the UN, the Commonwealth, and the AU on youth-related matters, and also served on the World Federation of Democratic Youth representing the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Francine was elected President of the PYU in 2014. During her tenure, she has revitalized the organization and strengthened the relationship with the African Union Commission to help bring African youth to the center of decision-making. She serves as the primary representative on youth issues to the AU and all associated Heads of State and Government, and is currently working on establishing continental youth development funds. Francine is a passionate peace and education advocate and sees youth entrepreneurship as vital to job creation. She has discussed African youth issues with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and works closely with the UN Special Envoy on Youth. Francine is a frequent presenter at international youth and women’s forums: in 2015, she spoke at the World Women Summit in São Paulo, the UN General Assembly, the First World Youth Forum on Peace and Security in Jordan, the African Union Heads of State and Government Summits, the Millennium Campus Conference at the UN in New York, and many other events throughout the world.
(Japan), Former Project Coordinator at Children Without Borders in Bangladesh
Salyne El Samarany
(Lebanon), CEO Teach For Lebanon
(China), Assistant Professor at Waseda University; founder of PEER, a service education NGO
(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 “Kessy” Ekomo-Soignet
(Central African Republic), Founder of URU, a youth-led peace-building and development organization
(Indonesia), Co-founder and CEO of Ruangguru.com, Indonesia's largest online marketplace for private tutoring and educational content
(Pakistan), Co-founder of the Malala Fund and youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Special Jury Members for the Education Youth Video Challenge
Director of International Social Responsibility, Viacom
United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth