The Youth Resolution: The Education We Want - welcome note
Dear friends and colleagues,
In support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, young leaders from around the world will convene at the United Nations to speak out for education and demand action from world leaders towards reaching the goal of education for all by 2015. The Office of the United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education in collaboration with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, will organize a special youth assembly in the morning of July 12th, which has been slated as Malala Day.
The session will be led by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani icon who was shot in the head for advocating for girls education. Malala will turn 16 years on July 12. The Malala Day assembly will be an opportunity for youth to present their call for action on global education to the United Nations. The intended outcome will be an official UN Outcomes Document that will be circulated to member states.
The Youth Advocacy Group for the Global Education First Initiative is soliciting global youth input into the draft of the outcome document which has been titled “The Youth Resolution: The Education We Want.”
This document will call for concrete actions to address the global education emergency: the fact that less than 1000 days to the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals, 61 million children are out of school and many more are not learning.
The draft document will be posted and distributed online beginning 3rd June and will be open for public comments until 14thJune. We are asking all interested youth supporters, advocates, partners and young people everywhere to distribute to your networks and contribute your comments and inputs to this important document. This document will serve as our collective vision to ensure that no child is left behind and that all children and young people have access to quality learning.
You can find the document on www.facebook.com/aworlatschool and on http://www.worldwewant2015.org/education2015 as well as on www.aworldatschool.org/malalday beginning Monday 3rd June. Stay tuned for an update on Monday. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!
Chernor, Chair of the Youth Advisory Group, UN Secretary General's Global Education First Initiative