“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/