Youth Advocacy Group

© 2014/Global Education First Initiative

YAG members, March 2014.

The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) consists of 18 young people from around the world who strengthen momentum and increase support for the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI).

The YAG moves forward GEFI's three main priorities - putting every child in school, improving the quality of learning, fostering global citizenship - amongst their networks and partners by:

1. Facilitating consultations with other youth in their countries, regions, and globally.
2. Providing strategic advice on the education priorities of young people.
3. Promoting the priorities and voices of young people in the advocacy messages and activities of GEFI.
4. Mobilizing young people and governments to make pledges in support of education and hold them accountable to their commitments.

YAG Members

Abigail Kaindu, Zambia
Anna Susarenco, Moldova
Anusheh Bakht Aziz, Pakistan
Bertheline Nina Tchangoue, Cameroon
Chernor Bah, Sierra Leone
Cheryl Perera, Canada
David Crone, United Kingdom
Dejan Bojanic, Serbia
Dina Ramzi Batshon, Jordan & Palestine
Esther McFarlane, South Africa
Gaoshan Junjian, China
Hayley McQuire, Australia
Jamira Burley, United States of America
Joseph Munyambanza, Democratic Republic of Congo
Luiz Carlos Guedes, Brazil
Rolando Villamero Jr., Philippines
Salathiel Ntakirutimana, Burundi
Sumaya Saluja, India

To read members' bios, click on the brochure below.


The Youth Resolution: The Education We Want - English, Arabic, French

Call to Action


Blogs & Interviews

Why more must be done to enable children with disabilities through education (Rolando Villamero Jr.)

Sara’s story makes me angry about education failings in poorest countries (Chernor Bah)

Educating Refugee Children (Joseph Munyambanza)

Young People Have a Dream for Education – We Can’t Wait anymore (Chernor Bah)

India’s national youth consultation on the post-2015 agenda: YOUth matters (Sumaya Saluja)

Achieving learning for all through inclusive education perspectives and practices (Rolando Villamero Jr.)

The realities of child marriage (Bertheline Nina Tchangoue) 

Malala Day in East Africa: Young Burundians are expressing excitement for Malala Day! (Salathiel Ntakirutimana)

Malala Day: UN Youth Takeover (Jamira Burley)

A special gift for Malala from Cameroon (Bertheline Nina Tchangoue)

Young People on the March for Education (Chernor Bah)

What Volunteering Has Done In My Life! (Bertheline Nina Tchangoue)

Cameroon’s Nina Tchangoue on Why She Cares About Educating Girls…and Why You Should Too (Bertheline Nina Tchangoue)

Indian Youth Activist Calls for Comprehensive Sexuality Education at the United Nations (Sumaya Saluja)



Education for the Children of Syria

Continuing Mandela's Vision: Education as Human Right

Reaching Education for All

Interviews with the Brookings Institution

YAG members on the vanguard of global change