Show future of education in 30 seconds: youth video competition is launched

What can you do in 30 seconds? How about imagining what your ideal school of the future would look like?

Young people are being asked to tell their stories and share their ideas in an exciting video competition launched today.

Open to everyone from age 13 to 30, the global contest is organised by the new Education Commission with support from A World at School’s Global Youth Ambassadors and MTV Voices.

The Education Youth Video Challenge asks young people to make 30-second films that address two questions:

  • How can education best prepare you for the future?
  • What would your ideal school of the future look like?

The winners will be announced and screened at the Education Commission’s report during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. Winning videos will also be featured on the MTV Voices platform.

The competition was launched today to coincide with the announcement of 16 international youth leaders to serve on the Education Commission’s Youth Panel.

They include Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousfzai and four of our own Global Youth Ambassadors – Naglaa Fathy (Egypt), Hellen Griberg (Norway), Benedict Joson (Philippines) and Mohamed Sidibay (Sierra Leone).

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the Education Commission, 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.”

Beth Garrod, Director of International Social Responsibility at MTV, will also serve on the video challenge jury. She 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 Education Commission’s full title is the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. It 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.

Enter the Education Youth Video Challenge here.