About the project
42% of the global population is under 25 years old. If we’re going to solve the education crisis, we need young people to be equipped with the tools, information and opportunities to change systems that exclude children from learning.
The Global Youth Ambassador programme gives young people who are passionate about ending the education crisis the skills, knowledge and community to unlock big change at a local and global level.
Each year, 1,000 new young people join the network and receive training on education advocacy. Global Youth Ambassadors get the chance to amplify their voice and apply pressure on world leaders to make education a reality for every child.
Theirworld’s Global Youth Ambassador (GYA) programme is a two year programme, connecting a community of around 2,000 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.
Their voice is a crucial component of Theirworld’s vision as we work towards ensuring every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn and the skills they need for the future.
Each year 1,000 new young people from across the world join the network to campaign for the right to education in their communities, countries and beyond.
I have used the GYA programme to develop my networking and communication skills, which helped me approach the local government for collaboration. I have also had the opportunity to connect with and learn from brilliant youth activists from around the world.Priyanka Pokharel, Nepali education activist & GYA
Voice of the next generation
As they develop their advocacy skills through an online learning platform, GYAs find themselves part of a supportive community that shares and promotes each other’s work, campaigns and achievements.
Being a GYA means getting access to opportunities to take part in high-profile campaigns and initiatives that represent the next generation’s voice on matters relating to youth education.
Recent years have seen GYAs submit an open letter to the President of Kenya calling for more funding for early childhood education; collaborate with artist Steven Nguyen on work that told their own powerful childhood stories; and speak compellingly at the 75th United Nations General Assembly on the importance of investing in education.
The responsibility of amplifying the voice of their generation means being a part of the programme can act as a springboard for participants’ future aspirations: GYAs have gone on to become government ministers, entrepreneurs and student prize winners, among many other paths.
Theirworld is proud to have created the go-to network for youth campaigners who want to help shape the future of education and unlock big change for millions of children and young people. Learn more and apply to be a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador.
Global Youth Ambassadors: Impact
An open letter written by young people from Africa to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, called for early childhood education to be prioritised. Created by GYAs, over 100 young people from across Africa added their voice 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.
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.
GYAs 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.