Theirworld’s Global Youth Ambassador programme is a network of nearly 1,000 young people from more than 70 countries across the globe working together to end the global education crisis. It is the go-to network for youth campaigners who want to be at the centre of shaping the future of education.
What’s the Global Youth Ambassador Programme?
The Global Youth Ambassador (GYA) programme is a connected community of 18 to 30-year-olds, made up of young campaigners and social entrepreneurs united in their passion for social justice and the right to education.
It is a two-year programme that supports young people around the world to campaign for the right to education in their communities, countries, and beyond. The programme has four key elements:
It gives young people a fantastic chance to be a part of a supportive network that shares and promotes each other’s work, campaigns and achievements.
GYAs will be able to join campaigns and lead their own actions to champion the right to education. Learn about high-level events and decision-making forums where you can influence critical conversations about education.
- Building your knowledge
Network members have access to the latest information on global education and what needs to happen to make Sustainable Development Goal 4 of quality, inclusive education for every child a reality. You can find what you need to speak confidently on the education crisis.
- Developing your skills
GYAs are able to use bespoke training that has been created by GYAs, for GYAs. Whether you’re new to education activism, or have been campaigning on it for years, there’s something to help take your advocacy skills to the next level.
You can access this all through our exclusive online platform, where GYAs can discuss their latest projects and initiatives, access training and learning materials, and learn about the latest events to become involved with.
Want to become a Global Youth Ambassador?
If you have a passion for achieving quality, equitable education for every child and are ready to get involved, read on! You need to be aged between 18 and 28 at the point of applying to be eligible for the Global Youth Ambassador programme.
To get the most out of the programme, you’ll need to have a strong grasp of the English language and regular access to the internet. Complete the short application form to register your details and tell us why you’d like to be a Global Youth Ambassador.
What have the Global Youth Ambassadors achieved?
Here are some examples of what the Global Youth Ambassadors (GYAs) have achieved:
2021, so far:
An open letter written by young people from Africa to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, calling for early childhood education to be prioritised. The voices and input of over 100 GYAs came together to ensure that every child is guaranteed the best start in life.
Our storytelling competition with artist Steven Nguyen saw him collaborate with four of our Global Youth Ambassadors to share powerful childhood stories which shaped them into becoming education advocates.
In celebration of World Earth Day, we hosted a Key Series conversation with GYA Dr Rachel V Brown to highlight education as a critical tool in addressing climate change and how people can collaborate together for the planet.
GYAs adapted and reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring children still had access to education and demanding that the inequalities amplified by Covid-19 were taken seriously.
GYAs Eden Tadesse, Sarah Musau-Mwikali and Ousmane Ba spoke virtually at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, calling on world leaders to #UnlockBigChange by prioritising and investing in education against the backdrop of a pandemic.
Shazia Ramzan, Kainat Riaz and Yara Eid headlined Theirworld's International Women’s Day event, speaking out about safe schools and calling on the international community to #WriteTheWrong.
Javita Nauth travelled to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings to meet world leaders and encourage them to invest 10% of their aid budgets in early childhood education.
GYAs were selected to be part of the Global Business Coalition for Education’s Youth Skills and Innovation Initiative Youth Council.
The Global Youth Ambassadors delivered a petition to the UN Secretary-General calling for a bold new funding plan for education and took the petitions to world leaders at the UN General Assembly.
Our GYAs campaigned for the US government to include early childhood education in the USAID education policy.
Global Youth Ambassadors in Action
Every month, we take an in-depth look at one of our Global Youth Ambassadors and the work they do to improve children's lives. Take a look here.
The Voice of Global Youth Ambassadors
We want to give our GYAs every opportunity to make their voices heard. Every month we aim to provide at least one event to give them the chance to come together to debate, discuss and connect.
In 2021, we spoke to Charles Falajiki from Nigeria using Instagram Live on his experience using The Key to approach decision-makers on the subject of early childhood education.
For International Women’s Day 2020, Gladys Bolawa from Nigeria shared her inspiring message to girls around the world.
Our GYAs have also been speaking about their views and experiences with Founder and Chair of Theirworld Sarah Brown as part of her Better Angels podcast series.
- To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Bushra Farooq (India) and Simbiat Oladoja (Nigeria) chatted with Jamira Burley on the importance of girl-focused recovery in the wake of Covid-19
- As part of a UN 2020 Special, Sarah spoke with three GYAs from the UK, India and South Africa on the challenges facing education and its transformational impact
- Three GYAs from Kenya, Nepal and Guinea had a lively conversation about the real difference that education dollars can make to peace, security, and sustainable growth across the world on UN News with the United Nations Special Envoy in May 2018.