The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (The Education Commission) launched a global video competition today that challenges
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 Ramitt, 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 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.