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EAA launches ‘edvOcate’ to inspire future leaders

EAA launches ‘edvOcate’ to inspire future leaders

Tribune News Network
Doha
Highlighting the importance of youth voices in securing the protection of education for all children and youth, the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), founded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, on Wednesday hosted Youth Talk ED 2.0, the inaugural event of ‘edvOcate,’ a campaign that cultivates and empowers youth to become advocates for education.
Through the campaign, youth are enabled to ensure their right to education is realised and prioritised in local, national or regional agendas. Marking the upcoming International Day of Education, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, the event featured a panel discussion and art exhibition.
Led by EAA’s law, policy and research advocacy programme ‘Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC)’, the session focused on the need for a unified human rights-based approach to the right to education and ways in which creative mediums of advocacy for the right to education, particularly sports, art and youth-led research, can be deployed to empower communities and share awareness.
“PEIC’s work in education advocacy is rooted in empowering and mobilising communities, particularly youth,” said Maleiha Malik, executive director, PEIC. “We ensure that the right to education is discussed not only at high-level platforms but is also a fundamental priority powered at the grassroots level. edvOcate supports the global efforts of PEIC to break behavioural barriers in local communities and institutions through the transfer of knowledge and a solid set of advocacy skills in field-based workshops and engagements, with the goal of ensuring that youth—as the right-holders—are not excluded from any opportunity of discourse or dialogue.”
The International Day of Education, officially observed on January24, seeks to position educationas humanity’s greatest renewable resource and reaffirm it as a fundamental right.
The panel discussion included insights and perspectives from education advocates and stakeholders who support the edvOcate campaign.
The panel, focused on the need for a holistic approach to education.
Moderated by EAA Youth Advocate Hana Elshehaby, the panel featured speakers DrReemal Ansari, professor and director at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center; Dr Ilias Bantekas, professor of international law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Danilo Padilla, senior education specialist, UNESCO Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Yemen Office; NawaalAkram, HamidehDorzadeh, Noor al Qaedi and Ahmed Ellenjawi, EAA Youth advocates; and Mohamed al Muhannadi, Generation Amazing youth ambassador.

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