It Is Time To Transform Education

Learn more about what happened at the last Leadership Labs session!

Do you think it’s time to change how we think about education?

Are you looking for a space to share your thoughts on how to make the education system better?

If you’re a member of the Youth Collective or a young person working in education, this Leadership Labs session was for you.

The session was a space to share views and learn about the challenges in transforming the education system.

The session was led in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

In addition, this topic was especially relevant keeping in mind the role of the Youth Civil Societies in transforming Education ahead of the UN Transform Education Summit. Above all, it was an opportunity to come together and raise the voice of youth-led civil societies all over the world.

In this Leadership Lab, we explored the role of Youth Civil Society in transforming Education.

Key takeaways:

  • Recovering the learning losses. During the pandemic, youth-led civil society organizations generated novel inventions with limited resources, such as a local campaign in Mexico that got parents to understand the importance of education as a right. Through radio and community efforts, they found opportunities for instructors to continue teaching.
  • It is necessary to promote inclusive and equitable learning for children and young people by: 
    • Increasing access to early childhood education (ECE) through public funding.
    • Prioritizing skills and competencies. This includes teaching and assessment, as well as sufficient investment in the implementation of a competency-based curriculum.
    • Making teaching a priority and investing in teachers’ ongoing professional development.
  • Participants highlighted the importance of assisting inclusive access to education and equitable learning, with mechanisms put in place to facilitate equitable learning opportunities for all learners.
  • All children should master the foundational skills of literacy in the lower primary grades, in order to fully benefit from other areas of the curriculum. 
  • Governments should work closely with civil society organizations to add and strengthen cognitive and life skills into the formal curriculum and examine the resources to include social and emotional learning for the marginalized communities.
  • Governments, UN agencies, and Multilateral organizations need to better understand the role of young people in making people aware of educational issues, and practicing advocacy at all levels is essential
  • Despite the current challenges in the education sector, young people are still hopeful and thriving. The future of education will be brighter if there is a greater collaboration of Governments, Civil society organizations, UN agencies, Multilateral organizations, and investments.

Being a part of the Leadership Lab only made me realize the dire need of synthesizing the purpose of education. I learnt about the shared frustration and hope we have towards a more inclusive,  transformative, and localised education.

Sushmina Baida, Nepal

The session was led by 

  • Restless Development (including Y@H, Rewired & PU Appeal Project) 
  • World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
  • Next Generation Fellows
  • UN Foundation
  • Transform Education Summit Action Group
  • Education Commission

Meet our speakers

Sushmina Baidya – Moderator

I’m a Co-Researcher at Restless Development and a member of the Transform Education Summit Action group.

I’m also the Co-Founder of YOUTHive Nepal and the former Regional Manager and Fellow-in-Residence for Asia/Oceania at Peace First.

Currently, I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in MSc Children, Youth and International Development at Birkbeck College, the University of London as a Chevening Scholar (2021-22).

Hannah Louise Graham 

I’m the Manager of Advocacy and Partnerships at the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

I currently work to empower young people to learn through non-formal education and deliver advocacy campaigns and initiatives.

I have 10 years of experience in campaigning, policy, and engagement roles that work to empower young people and advocate for change.

Alice Mukashyaka

I’m a Next Generation Fellow and the Advocacy Manager for Livelihoods & Education at Restless Development.

I’ve coordinated the biggest youth-led study on global education and convened the #MakeEducationWork campaign which reached nearly 13 million young people.

I’m the co-founder of Starlight, a Rwandan Ed-tech social enterprise, and my education background covers global challenges from the African Leadership University.

Thais Queiroz

I’m a Next Generation Fellow and a Youth Representative of World Scouting. I have a Masters’s Degree from the Graduate Institute, Geneva in Development Studies, with a focus on education in humanitarian settings.

I was part of the core planning team for the World Non-Formal Education Forum, a first-of-its-kind event that convened the biggest players in non-formal education to take stock of trends and define the future of non-formal education.

What are ‘Leadership Labs’?

In this peer-led initiative, Youth Collective members will be sharing their leadership skills and tools through interactive, online sessions. Secondly, this will be a collaborative space for Youth Collective members to explore effective leadership approaches together and develop stronger collaborations.

If you have an idea for a Leadership Lab session or a query about the series, please contact