Today is International Youth Day, and the 2019 theme is ‘transforming education’. We asked our online community if they believe young people can be the drivers of transformational change. It was a resounding ‘yes’, and we agree!
International Youth Day is marked by the United Nations and the theme ‘transforming education’ highlights efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all young people.
There are 1.8 billion people in the world aged between 10 and 24. In Australia, 4.6 million are 15-29 year-olds. At FYA, we want to see education that is accessible and effective for all young Australians.
We’re all about ensuring young people are getting the skills, knowledge and experience they need to thrive. And, we believe young people are ambitious, creative, and highly capable of solving the world’s most pressing challenges, especially those facing education.
When we asked our online community, we were very pleased to see that the overwhelming majority of respondents agreed.
We also asked our online community how young people could drive the transformation.
Hayley from Melbourne replied: “Students designing their own education”. Others said things like by standing up for their beliefs, and being activists for issues like climate change and equality in their work lives.
For us, young people are the changemakers—the innovators and doers who are reshaping the world for a better future. That’s why we’re proud to be backing them through our research, our programs, and by making their stories heard.