The Global Youth Ambassadors are a network of 500 committed young advocates who support our campaigns all around the world.
They work in their own communities and countries to campaign for all children to go to school and for investment in early childhood development.
Read more about our week of tributes to our Global Youth Ambassadors and why Steve Nguyen was delighted to get involved in the project.
To shine a light on some of the incredible young people within the Global Youth Ambassadors network, we have been working with film-maker Steve Nguyen and his Studio APA.
Through a comic book-style series - called “Presenting” - Steve has helped us to highlight the stories of individual Global Youth Ambassadors who have shown their dedication to creating change and championing education with Theirworld and our A World at School movement.
Issue 1: Wanja Maina
Wanja Maina from Kenya described how she was inspired to campaign for the rights of disabled young women by her personal experiences growing up.
Growing up in a rural village, Wanja struggled to walk after medical negligence. Her mother carried her to school and other students would embarrass her. Then came a turning point in her life.
Issue 2: Omang Agarwal
Omang Agarwal from India has been a driving force in Theirworld’s #SafeSchools campaign. He reflected on the influence of his father as a role model and told us how he gained a passion for education from a young age.
Omang collected more than 40,000 petition signatures and gathering drawings from schoolchildren about what a safe school was to them. These went on to be handed in to international leaders at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.
Issue Three: Sylvia Kakyo
Sylvia Kakyo from Uganda joined the Global Youth Ambassador network in 2015 and has already had several successes as part of Theirworld’s campaigns. From recording a video message to world leaders reminding them of their promises to get refugee children in school, to securing a meeting with the Ugandan Commissioner for Children and Youth to encourage him to support our #5for5 campaign, Sylvia has shown the power young people have to drive change.
Her own education experience was far from easy - Sylvia was forced into marriage at the age of 15. This difficult time in her life inspired her to start advocating for education, especially girls’ education. She’s now the director of a grassroots NGO called Kakyo Girls Initiative in Kampala.
Issue Four: Ceion Rollox
Ceion Rollox grew up in Guyana and fought hard to to go to school. He advocates for better accessibility to healthcare, employment and education for people with a disability.
He became blind as a teenager but persisted and is now attending university and hopes to become a diplomat. As a Global Youth Ambassador he believes he must fight for every child’s right to an education.