16 September: Mobilization Day

The Mobilization Day was youth-led and youth-organized and involved the full participation of a wide range of stakeholders. It served to convey the collective recommendations of youth on transforming education to decision and policymakers, informed by the Summit Youth
Declaration. It focused on mobilizing the global public, youth, teachers, civil society and others to support the transformation of education across the world. Ministers and Member State delegations participated in these engagements.

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Youth-led Mobilization Day Programme

Masters of ceremony:
Cynthia Nyongesa (Youth leader)
Petr Franc (Youth Leader and TES Advisory Committee Member)

Venue: Conference Room 4 (unless otherwise stated)

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Time Session Format
08:30 - 10:00 Registration and installation
10:00 - 10:50 I. Opening: solidarity circle – a global movement towards education transformation
This session highlights the importance of solidarity in education transformation by celebrating the voices of children and youth in their diversity.

1. Opening performance
  • UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council, Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director
  • LAURYN HILL (1975 - ) "The Conquering Lion" [Original lyrics by Bob Marley]: Sara Marley, Singer; Brenda Vongova, Pianist
2. Keynote interventions from youth
  • Ms Meera Dasgupta, 2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate
  • Ms Aisha Khurram, Youth leader
  • Mr Jeremiah Thoronka, Global Student Prize 2021
3. Fireside chat
  • Conversation between Ms Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General and H.E. Mr Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th General Assembly, on youth-led education transformation
  • Moderator: Kenisha Arora, Youth leader
10:50 - 12:00 II Intergenerational dialogues: young people at the center of transforming education
This session features conversations between young people and political leaders on enabling participatory dialogues to transform education

1. Introduction: Why intergenerational dialogues?
Presentation by Rebecca Winthrop, Director of the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

2. Meaningfully engaging youth in transforming education

Video: Keynote intervention by Ms Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships

Part 1: Good practices in youth engagement
  Moderator: Ms Armel Azihar, Youth leader

  • HE Ms Mariatou KONE, Minister of National Education and Literacy, Côte d'Ivoire
  • HE Mr João Marques da Costa, Minister of Education, Portugal, Minister of Education, Portugal
  • HE Ms María Brown Pérez, Minister of Education, Ecuador
  • Youth leader, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ms Maria Francisca Coelho, Youth leader, Portugal
Part 2: Improving youth participation in transforming education
  Moderator: Mr Ulises Brengi, Youth leader

  • HE Mr Dominic Cardy, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Canada
  • H.E. Mr Marco Antonio Ávila, Minister of Education, Chile
  • H.E. Mr David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Education, Sierra Leone
  • H.E. Ms Yoka M.G. Brandt, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York
  • Mr. Nhial Deng, Youth leader, Canada
  • Ms. Mamawa Jayah, Youth leader, Sierra Leone
  • Ms Manal Moussane, Youth leader, the Netherlands


12:00 - 13:00 III. Intersectional Areas for Transforming Education - Thematic Breakout sessions

Parallel thematic sessions in breakout rooms:
  • Breakout session 1 – Climate action for inclusive education (CR-12)
  • Breakout session 2 – Gender transformative education (CR-6)
  • Breakout session 3 – Fostering Student Leadership Through Transformational Teaching (Room CR-7)
  • Breakout session 4 – Youth and Education advocacy (Room CR5)
  • Breakout session 5 – Educate yourself about refugee youth (Room CR-2)
Breakout sessions
13:00 - 15:00 Lunch Break
15:00 - 16:00 IV. Dialogue with the UN Secretary General
This session is an interactive dialogue between the UN Secretary-General and youth leaders on the role of young people in transforming education.

Moderator: Ms Vivian Onano, Youth Leader

Introduction: Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
Video on Youth Declaration

Part 1: Panel with UN Secretary General
  • Mr António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
  • Ms Kenisha Arora, HLSC SDG 4 Representative
  • Mr Yuv Sungkur, TheirWorld Global Youth Ambassador
  • Ms Maria Alexandrova, UNICEF Inclusive Education Youth Champion
  • Ms. Adriana Figueredo, Refugee Youth Advocate and Tertiary Refugee Student Network Regional Leader
Part 2: Q&A with UN Secretary General
  • Ms Veronica Pereira, Timor Leste (Climate Activist)
  • Mr Eric Terena, Brazil (Indigenous Youth Advocate)
Part 3. Handover of Youth Declaration & Photo
  • Ms Sofia Bermudez, SDG4 Youth Network
  • Mr Ilan Enverga, Teacher
16:00 - 17:00 V. Youth Declaration – opportunities for action
This session will provide an overview of the Youth Declaration and discuss key opportunities to take its recommendations forward beyond the Summit.

Part 1: Youth Declaration Overview
  • Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Mr Leonardo Garnier, Special Adviser on Transforming Education Summit
  • Ms Eliane El Haber, Executive Committee Member of SDG4Youth Network
Part 2: It does not end here - Commitments from the floor
  • Ms Diene Keita, UNFPA Deputy-Executive Director
  • Ms Alaa Murabit, Director of Health at the Gates Foundation
  • Ms Doris Mwikali, SDG4Youth
  • Ms Ashlee Burnett, Transform Education
  • Ms Asma Rabi, UNHCR Youth leader
  • Ms Najat Maalla, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • Ms Isidora Guzman, UN Women Youth leader
  • Ms Isabella Tello, UNGEI Global Feminist Coalition
  • Ms Bianca Borges, Global Student Forum representative
  • Ms Amani Alkhiami, Saudi Arabia Youth Delegate
  • Virtual participant (TBC)
Part 3: Closing remarks
  • Ms Chido Mpemba, AU Youth Envoy
17:00 - 17:30 VI. Building a global movement for education transformation
This session highlights the importance of inclusive conversations to create global movement for education transformation and interactively engage stakeholders in a big education conversation

Big education conversation
Interactive session involving youth leaders, Member States, UN representatives, and other stakeholders around a Big Education Conversation to create a shared purpose and vision for education.
17:30 - 18:00 VIII. Charting the way forward: Youth-led transformation of education
This session covers what will happen beyond the Summit, including the youth-led Global Initiative that will take the recommendations of the Youth Declaration forward.

What’s happening next?
Moderator: Ms Doris Mwikali, Youth leader

  • Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Co-Chair of the Summit Advisory Committee and the SDG4 High-Level Steering Committee Sherpa Group 
  • HE David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Education, Sierra Leone, Co-Chair of the Summit Advisory Committee and the SDG4 High-Level Steering Committee Sherpa Group
Closing remarks
  • Ms Amina J Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General