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Global Youth Ambassadors

This page is about the Global Youth Ambassadors - a worldwide network of over 700 young advocates and campaigners in more than 80 countries who are supporting the movement to get every child into school and learning. 

Who are the Global Youth Ambassadors?

The A World at School Global Youth Ambassador network is a network of young individuals who are advocating and campaigning for education change around the world.

The network offers passionate education advocates between 18 and 30 the opportunity to connect with, and learn, from other young people, while gaining knowledge and developing their skills.

As part of the network, Global Youth Ambassadors (GYAs) are encouraged to take action on global education campaigns with Theirworld's A World at School movement.

It launched in 2014 and there are currently more than 700 GYAs in over 80 countries around the world.

What do we offer Global Youth Ambassadors?

A three-year membership to a global network, including:

  • Multiplying their voice as part of a global network of young people passionate about education
  • Connecting, learning, sharing ideas, discussing, debating and networking with others

The chance to learn and develop as an advocate, including:

  • Deepening knowledge of global education issues
  • Learning about A World at School’s campaign priorities and actions
  • Gaining new skills that can strengthen their own national or local education campaigning
  • Access to resources to support learning and development (e.g. toolkits and videos)

Opportunities to take global action on education campaigns, including:

  • Receiving tailored campaign action packs with the opportunity to adapt them for national or local contexts
  • Mobilising others in global campaigns (e.g. collecting petition signatures)
  • Engaging in media/social media linked to campaigns (e.g. sharing reports and articles)
  • Having the chance to link national advocacy and local voices to global processes and events

​What have the Global Youth Ambassadors achieved?

So much! Here are just some examples of their campaigning:

  • GYAs were a driving force in the #UpForSchool campaign, which delivered 10 million signatures to the United Nations in 2015 - demanding that world leaders keep their promise to get every child into school. The youth ambassadors collected more than one million signatures.
  • For Theirworld's #SafeSchools petition in 2016, Omang Agarwal from India collected an amazing 35,000 signatures.
  • GYAs have written passionately about education in their countries in blogs for A World at School and Theirworld - including from Nepal after the earthquake, from post-Ebola Liberia and about early childhood development in Kenya.
  • Four GYAs were selected to be part of the global Education Commission's Youth Panel, which meant they were asked to research and represent what young people want for the future of education.
  • During 2016, a GYA from Lebanon spoke at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London, while others represented young people at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and at summits in New York during the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Five GYAs received the prestigious Queen's Young Leaders award in 2015 for making lasting change in their communities.

Want to become a Global Youth Ambassador?

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a Global Youth Ambassador?

The network offers passionate education advocates between 18 and 30 the opportunity to connect with, and learn, from other young people, while gaining knowledge and developing their skills. 

If this sounds like you, please fill out this application form.

Please note: We are holding all new applications to the network until May 2018 but you may still apply and your details will be added to our waiting list.

Global Youth Ambassadors on our Better Angels podcast

Our Better Angels podcast often features interviews with Global Youth Ambassadors. Click above to listen to an episode featuring Global Youth Ambassador Shazia Ramzan, who was also attacked in the shooting of Malala Yousafzai on their school bus in Pakistan in 2012. To listen to more episodes and learn how to subscribe, please visit our main Better Angels page.

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