Deadline- 26 August 2012
Countries/Region- All Countries
This call for nominations is made on behalf of the Sub-Working Group on Youth for Education First, which includes the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, the International Network for Education in Emergencies, UNFPA, UNICEF and YPEER together with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.
In order to support the youth representative in the High-Level Steering Committee and to engage a broader range of stakeholders, an informal Youth Advocacy Group will be appointed with the task to provide expertise on youth education issues, encourage the mobilization of young people and facilitate the dissemination of information to networks and organizations around the world. There will be two phases of operation for the group, the first from August till the global launch of Education First on 26 September 2012, which will involve intensive preparations the launch, including finalizing a Call to Action. The second phase following the launch until September 2017 will focus on strengthening momentum and increasing support for the five year campaign.
The Youth Advocacy Group will be constituted for a period of one year, initially, from August 2012 – 2013. Members of the group will be expected to make a one year commitment, with the possibility of renewal.
The Youth Advocacy Group will be responsible for-
- Spreading awareness regarding the Initiative amongst their networks and partners
- Facilitate consultations to finalize a Call to Action for the launch of the Initiative
- Providing strategic advice to the youth representative in the High-Level Steering Committee regarding the priorities of young people in relation to education
- Promote the priorities and voices of young people in the advocacy messages, the launch of the Initiative and all activities of the Initiative
- Mobilize young people and governments to make pledges in support of education and hold them accountable for their commitments
The Youth Advocacy Group will be composed of 8-10 non-compensated individuals between the ages of 15-24 who are representatives of organizations with demonstrated expertise and experience of working on and advocating for young people, including youth-led organizations, the private sector, media and academia. Such individuals should have demonstrated leadership and activism, and should be able to consult with and reach out to a larger constituency. The Youth Advocacy Group will meet online and through teleconference once a week leading up to the launch and once a month following that. An in-person meeting may be called upon as needed, to support and advise the youth representative in the High-Level Steering Committee. Members will need working knowledge of English and internet access to participate in meetings of the Youth Advocacy Group, with the expectation that they will be able to consult with constituencies who do not necessarily speak English and/or have internet connectivity.
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