UN / EDUCATION SUMMIT YOUTH

16-Sep-2022 00:06:00
The Transforming Education Summit kicked off at the UN headquarters in New York with the Mobilization Day, where the Secretary-General received the first ever Youth Declaration on Transforming Education, the result of the participation of almost half a million children and young people from over 170 countries. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
3. Med shot, Sara Marley, voice, and Brenda Vongova, piano, perform Lauryn Hill’s theme "The Conquering Lion", with original lyrics by Bob Marley
4. Close up, Sara Marley, voice, and Brenda Vongova, piano, perform Lauryn Hill’s theme "The Conquering Lion", with original lyrics by Bob Marley
5. Wide shot, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Meera Dasgupta, the 2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate:
“A caterpillar saunters beneath the sky. Between them is nothing but air and potential, a dream on the cusp of crystallization.”
7. Wide shot, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Aisha Khurram, Youth leader:
“I fled a country where today, in the 21st century, girls are not allowed to go to school. Where being a woman can cost you a lifetime of knowledge, growth and opportunity. Access to education was never easy for a woman in Afghanistan. But even after leaving, I never imagined that I would have to fight my way back into class. Because today only 5 percent out of 100 million refugees have the right to higher education.”
9. Wide shot, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremiah Thoronka, Global Student Prize 2021:
“I have used every concept and skill I learned in the classroom to build something that benefits my community, my country, and Africa, as they strive to become climate resilient. This all might sound extraordinary. But all of us in this room can become innovators. If only access to quality education is made accessible to wherever we find ourselves around the world. I'm a testament to that it works. It can bring significant change to our country and the world. Then this is the question: if it works, why aren’t we doing it already?”
11. Med shot, participants in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
12. Med shot, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, and Kenisha Arora, Youth leader, in the podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And we must never forget those that have not had the opportunity because of the context, the oppression, the wars, the conflicts, the humanitarian settings that they're in. These humanitarian settings often are not a couple of weeks, they could be your whole life. And that excludes many, many from education. You just spoke to the challenges that we've had post COVID but right now there are millions of children wondering what's going to happen to them in Pakistan. That's a climate event. So, transformation in the sense of the context that we are in, the crisis that we face, and the future that we would all like to see.”
14. Med shot, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, and Kenisha Arora, Youth leader, in the podium
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, 77th session of the General Assembly:
“All these platforms, all these suggestions indicate that we have to teach you about climate change. And you have to teach us about how to galvanize momentum. None of them can be missing from the from the equation. We need you to make a change.”
16. Med shot, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, and Kenisha Arora, Youth leader, in the podium
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth:
“Today we are also marking the culmination of the youth led process to gather the demands, revisions and commitments for transforming education, leading to the first ever Youth Declaration on Transforming Education. Over the last few months, almost half a million children and young people from over 170 countries in all regions of the world engaged in this process.”
18. Med shot, participants in the podium
19. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“If I had to choose one single thing in which to invest for peace and security, I would say, education. If there was one single thing in which we should invest to reduce the dramatic inequalities in the world, I would say education. If I would have to think about one single thing in which you should invest to stop the destruction of our planet, I would say education. And if there is one thing only in which we could invest in order to make sure that human rights prevail in our societies, I would say education.”
20. Med shot, participants in the podium
21. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need education effective [against] inequality, a trend to reverse. We need education effective to prepare us for the future and not for the past; to learn how to learn and to prepare societies based on cooperation and solidarity, instead of societies based on blind competitiveness among people.”
22. Various shots, participants clapping
23. Various shots, Sofia Bermudez, from the SDG4 Youth Network, and Ilan Enverga, a teacher, handover the Youth Declaration to the Secretary-General
STORYLINE
The Transforming Education Summit kicked off at the UN headquarters in New York with the Mobilization Day, where the Secretary-General received the first ever Youth Declaration on Transforming Education, the result of the participation of almost half a million children and young people from over 170 countries.

The day started with a musical moment with Sara Marley, voice, and Brenda Vongova, piano, interpreting Lauryn Hill’s theme "The Conquering Lion", with original lyrics by Bob Marley.

One of the keynote speakers was Meera Dasgupta, the 2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate, who recited a poem that spoke about how “a caterpillar saunters beneath the sky” and “between them is nothing but air and potential, a dream on the cusp of crystallization.”

Dasgupta was followed by Aisha Khurram, a youth leader from Afghanistan who had to flee her country in 2021 when the Taliban took over.

Khurram said she “fled a country where today, in the 21st century, girls are not allowed to go to school” and “where being a woman can cost you a lifetime of knowledge, growth and opportunity.”

“Access to education was never easy for a woman in Afghanistan. But even after leaving, I never imagined that I would have to fight my way back into class. Because today only 5 percent out of 100 million refugees have the right to higher education,” Khurram told the participants in the Summit.

Jeremiah Thoronka, a student from Sierra Leone, who invented a device that uses kinetic energy from traffic and pedestrians to generate clean power and was the recipient of Global Student Prize 2021, was the third and last keynote speaker.

Thoronka said he has “used every concept and skill” he learned in the classroom “to build something that benefits my community, my country, and Africa, as they strive to become climate resilient.”

“This all might sound extraordinary, but all of us in this room can become innovators,” Thoronka said. “If only access to quality education is made accessible to wherever we find ourselves around the world. I'm a testament to that it works. It can bring significant change to our country and the world. Then this is the question: if it works, why aren’t we doing it already?”

The Summit continued with a conversation between Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th General Assembly, moderated by the youth leader Kenisha Arora.

Mohammed said that the international community “must never forget those that have not had the opportunity because of the context, the oppression, the wars, the conflicts, the humanitarian settings that they're in.”

According to her, “these humanitarian settings often are not a couple of weeks, they could be your whole life, and that excludes many, many from education.”

“You just spoke to the challenges that we've had post COVID but right now there are millions of children wondering what's going to happen to them in Pakistan. That's a climate event. So, transformation in the sense of the context that we are in, the crisis that we face, and the future that we would all like to see,” said the UN Deputy Secretary-General.

Csaba Kőrösi highlighted all the reports and initiatives that the UN produces about climate change, saying that “all these platforms, all these suggestions indicate that we have to teach you about climate change, and you have to teach us about how to galvanize momentum.”

“None of them can be missing from the from the equation. We need you to make a change,” concluded the President of the General Assembly.

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, then participated in an interactive dialogue about the role of young people in transforming education.

In the panel, there was Kenisha Arora, a HLSC SDG 4 Representative, Yuv Sungkur, a TheirWorld Global Youth Ambassador, Maria Alexandrova, a UNICEF Inclusive Education Youth Champion, and Adriana Figueredo, a Refugee Youth Advocate and Tertiary Refugee Student Network Regional Leader.

Guterres said that if he had to choose one single thing in which to invest for peace and security, he would say education.

“If there was one single thing in which we should invest to reduce the dramatic inequalities in the world, I would say education. If I would have to think about one single thing in which you should invest to stop the destruction of our planet, I would say education. And if there is one thing only in which we could invest in order to make sure that human rights prevail in our societies, I would say education,” continued the Secretary-General.

For the UN chief, the world needs effective education against inequality and “to prepare us for the future and not for the past; to learn how to learn and to prepare societies based on cooperation and solidarity, instead of societies based on blind competitiveness among people.”

Guterres also answered some questions from Veronica Pereira, a climate activist from Timor Leste, and Eric Terena, an Indigenous Youth Advocate from Brazil.

To conclude the panel, Sofia Bermudez, from the SDG4 Youth Network, and Ilan Enverga, a teacher, then handover the Youth Declaration to the Secretary-General.

Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, highlighted that the document reflected the participation of “almost half a million children and young people from over 170 countries in all regions of the world.”
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