IYD 2019 Indonesia

Transforming Education

“We need collaboration, empathy and teamwork in order to transform education and young people play an important role in creating an agile, sustainable and lifelong education system that addresses the needs of the future”

Victoria Ikiwoge #YouthofUNESCO

Statistics remind us that significant transformations are still required to make education systems more inclusive and accessible: (1) Only 10% of people have completed upper secondary education in low income countries; (2) 40% of the global population is not taught in a language they speak or fully understand; and (3) over 75% of secondary school age refugees are out of school. In addition, indigenous youth, young people with disabilities, young women, young people belonging to vulnerable groups or in vulnerable situations, etc are facing additional challenges to access education that respects their diverse needs and abilities as well as reflects and embraces their unique realities and identities.  

Identifying education critical issue and find its best solution will lead to multiplier effect to other problems, including poverty, inequality, radicalism and extremism, and degradation of the ecosystem. However, it is not easy and needs the world joint-action commitment. Education must never become one country problem, yet all over the world. Furthermore, the commitment of partnership will accelerate education move forward progressively. This commitment also shown by Mr Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia by saying, “Indonesia stands ready to contribute to the global

discourse in finding the best possible ways for UNESCO to help create a better world for living”.

Accordingly, in line with the UN Agenda in Sustainable Development Goals and the concentration of the Indonesian government to actively contribute to improving the quality of education, International Youth Day 2019 Celebration took the theme of Fostering African and Asian Youth Cooperation to Make Education More Relevant, Equitable, and Inclusive for all.

Objective and Expected Output

The overall goal of this celebration is to facilitate African and Asian youths to identify the education critical challenge and encourages the solutions to make education more relevant, equitable, and i­nclusive for all.

The expected output at the end of the sessions is to increase the cooperation and collaboration between African and Asian youths in transforming education to be more relevant, equitable, and i­nclusive for all.

Proposed activities

International Youth Day 2019 will be divided into two activities in a single day (proposed August 25th, 2019):

Talk Show Session

The talk show will discuss the essential theme of IYD 2018, specially about fostering African and Asian youth cooperation to make education more relevant, equitable, and inclusive for all. It aims to facilitate conversation and discussion from a different perspective since there will be potential speakers from different sectors. It also encourages the participants to be aware to education challenges faced by Asian and African youths

Workshop Session

After the talk show, participants will be divided into 5 working groups and be encouraged to make action plans to make quality education for all. To help them understanding the critical challenges and find solutions, they will be firstly acknowledged some project tools. Furthermore, during the discussion, each group will be facilitated by two AAYFO Indonesia members.



International Youth Day 2019: “Transforming Education”, https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/news/2019/04/iyd-2/

National Statement of Prof Dr Muhadjir Effendy, MAP Ministry of Education and Culture The Republic of Indonesia at The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, November 2nd 2017 https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/indonesia_gpd_speech_e_39_vr_07.pdf?v=2

International Youth Day 2019: “Transforming Education”, accessed https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/news/2019/04/iyd-2/


Africa Asia Youth Foundation(AAYFO) is one of the foremost organizations working with young change-makers in Africa and Asia at the grass-roots with strong national and international linkages. With a firm belief in the ideology that empowering the youth is the one-stop solution to most of the problems; AAYFO organized a Youth Townhall at the Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi on 5th February 2020 aimed at fostering and strengthening cooperation amongst youth and other potential stakeholders.

The underlying intent of the event was to strengthen ties of friendship and solidarity between participants and to discern and discuss items on the agenda, ensuring their follow-up at the national and international levels.

The opening ceremony featured a stimulating discussion by Mr. Angad Anand, Country Director (AAYFO) and Mr. Keshav Saini, Continent Director (AAYFO).

It provided an excellent platform to exchange ideas and co-learn through the medium of discussions and workshops on various strands like Education, Poverty, Entrepreneurship, Gender Equality, and Youth Empowerment. These discussions were facilitated by experienced experts who engaged and guided the delegates via unconventional activities and learning methods.  

The event was graced by guest speakers from all spheres of life like –

– Ms. Avigail Spira, Spokesperson, Israel Embassy
– Madam Lestiyani Yuniarsih, Cultural and Education Attache, Indonesian Embassy
– H.E. Mr. Mahesh Sachdev, former Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, presently serving as the President of ‘Eco-Diplomacy and Strategies’​
– Ms. Indrayani Mulay, Deputy Director, Confederation of Indian Industries
– Mr. Nnamdi Ndu, PA to the Nigerian High Commissioner
– Ms. Habiba Hasnah Hermanadi (President, Indonesian students association, New Delhi).

The townhall saw a blend of delegates from diverse cultures, sharing their experiences in a way that encompassed all barriers of race, religion, and colour; breathing an impassioned zeal to transform the society. The brainstorming sessions saw a unique combination of fervour and pragmatism wherein heated discussions upon the causes and consequences of lack of access to education, poverty, and gender inequality were coupled with narrations of heartfelt anecdotes upon the same.

We are grateful to the Nigeria High Commission for hosting us, especially to His Excellency Major General Chris Owushi Eze, The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of India and His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi for guiding and motivating us every step of the way.

We would like to thank – Sharda University, Greater Noida for being our Knowledge Partner and for helping us facilitate the event smoothly. Mr. Anindya Bhanja, Senior Manager, International Relations (Sharda University) summed up the learnings of the townhall through a comprehensive discussion on the importance of each strand. 

It is a known fact that music transcends all barriers cultivated by society. The highlight of the session was witnessing a spectacle in which people from the highest echelons of government to the young changemakers from different countries rejoiced themselves by singing songs reflecting togetherness and hope. Drawing from this ethos of fellowship, we are optimistic that this town hall will ignite the minds of young delegates to propel the storm to create meaningful change for human society.


International Youth Day 2019 by AAYFO Vietnam

In commemoration of the International Youth Day – 2019, Africa-Asia Youth Foundation in collaboration with Soci Hub hosed a 2-day event in Hanoi on the theme of “Transforming Education Towards Sustainability”.

The event was a platform for young Asian and African people coming from two different cultures and continents to share the educational issues that they are facing, and discuss to give solutions to those problems. Along with that, the program was also created with the aim of promoting cultural interference between Vietnam and African countries to partly erase misunderstandings about culture between youths and promoting peace creation towards sustainable development.

It was an excellent opportunity for ideas exchange, co-learn and discuss the current education story shared by experts and practitioners Sexual rich experience. With that, you will also have the opportunity to approach and experience “Non-violence Communication” as a tool to reconcile misunderstanding, conflict in daily life, contributing to build peace in the peace in Vietnam. society and along with it is the opportunity to share and experience the characteristic culture of different countries in Africa, expand its cultural view of black continent and have memorable memories.

Africa-Asia Youth Foundation and Soci Hub hope that the International Youth Day 2019 was a step or the beginning of the thoughts in the heart of young people about a suitable education for people to direction to a commune guild with more love and less than struggle, encourage and important no less, is the mark of connection with friends who are not the same color skin, not the same language but always share the storm to create good values for human society.

The event gave youths the opportunity to connect to friends from both continents through activities related to education and cultural experiences.

Opportunity to access and experience “Non-violent communication” with the guidance of experienced experts and at the end, certificate of participation were issued.


Youth Town Hall India 2020

With more than 25000 young Africans staying in India to pursue their higher education, India and Indians not only need to acknowledge their valuable presence but also mutually develop a shared vision for better India-Africa relations. Taking a big step in this direction, Africa- Asia Youth Foundation (AAYFO), a convergence of progressive thinking African and Asian youths agreeing to forge a common goal in fostering youth cooperation between both continents, recently organized an International symposium on “Africa-India Relations: Boosting Ties, Exchanging Values and Leveraging Impact” to mark the launch of its ‘Virtual Research and Innovation Centre’, on November 8, 2019, held at Shyam Lal College, Delhi University. Inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi, who has been constantly guiding AAYFO in its various missions and projects.

AAYFO Youth Town Hall 2020

In line with the success of the event, AAYFO is organizing a Youth Town Hall in collaboration with the Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi on February 5th, 2020. The purpose of the event is to develop and strengthen cooperation between youth and other potential stakeholders, to promote the establishment and strengthen ties of friendship and solidarity between participants, to discuss items on the agenda and ensure their follow up at national and international level. This event will act as another step taken by AAYFO to draw on youth experiences with addressing development-related issues in order to identify means through which youth can play a role in the implementation process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as ponder upon the Follow up and Review process. 

To proceed with the same, Mr. Keshav Saini, Continent Director, AAYFO (Asia), Mr. Angad Anand, Country Director, AAYFO (India Chapter), and Ms. Gauri Malhotra, State Director, AAYFO (India Chapter) met His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi and he was humble enough to get us a meeting arranged with His Excellency Major General Chris Owushi Eze, The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of India.  With this visit, we finalized the proposal of a Youth Town Hall at the High Commission on February 7th, 2020, the team had a constructive discussion with His Excellency on what the Town Hall will focus on and how will it benefit the youths of both the continents. He critically analysed the proposal of the event. We also discussed the prospects of future collaboration with His Excellency and he gave us his fruitful insights into how AAYFO as an Organisation can grow.

We are grateful for all the time he spared for us from his busy schedule, and we look forward to a fruitful Youth Town Hall under his guidance.


Gender stereotyping results from unconscious biases held by all of us. Unconscious bias happens when our subconscious makes assumptions about people based on their background or perceived background. The effects of Gender stereotypes is that it shape our self-perception, attitudes to relationships and influence our participation in the world of work and everyday life.
On the occasion of the National Sexual and Gender Minorities’ Day-2019, AAYFO-Nepal Chapter successfully commemorate this day with a discussion highlighting the impact of gender based stereotypes as it affects our society. The panelists were drawn from various fields of endeavors.
We are thankful to the following panelists who made this event a success.
Ms Sunita Danuwar, an activist, multiple award winner and founder – Sunita Foundation.
Ms Angel Lama – Miss Pink Nepal 2018 – Transgender, Activistunita Foundation.
Mr Santosh Darnal – Researcher and Program Coordinator, MA in Gender Studies at K&K International College
On the occasion of the National Sexual and Gender Minorities’ Day-2019, AAYFO-Nepal Chapter successfully commemorate this day with a discussion highlighting the impact of gender based stereotypes as it affects our society. The panelists were drawn from various fields of endeavors.
Many thanks to our hosting partner “K&K International College” for hosting their support towards the success of this event.
Photo Gallery from the breaking stereotype event