Nancy Kisangau is a fourth year student at Kenyatta University pursuing a Bachelor degree in Law. Prior to this, she worked in the Kenya National Human Rights Commission as an attaché in the Reforms and accountability department. She has also worked in the government sector as an intern in the National Housing Corporation, a state parastatal committed to effectuating housing rights for Kenyan citizens.
After graduating with a BA in Economics and English, Amanda worked for the Chilean Ministry of Education as an English teacher in Chile. While there, she volunteered for an urban development NGO that was carrying out 24 community projects and helped draft Frutillar, Chile’s successful application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. During her career, she has worked with international youth on educational programs sponsored by the British Council and the U.S. Department of State. She is a former White House intern and an incoming Fulbright Scholar.
Felix is currently a National Youth Service Corp member serving his country, Nigeria at Ministry of Works, Uyo, Akwa Ibom. He graduated from Swansea University, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. Felix developed a strong devotion to Youth Empowerment and giving back to his Community during his time at Swansea University from various leadership roles e.g. Sports Officer and Trustee of Swansea University Students’ Union, Treasurer of 2 societies etc. These experiences gave him an appreciation of how initiatives can significantly impact people’s lives.
Harun Momanyi is a youth empowerment expert, a socioeconomic development journalist and an entrepreneur. He is passionate about the SDGs. Originally from Kenya, Harun currently works as the Head of Kenya with Reform Africa Group, a Pan-African organization focusing on creating solutions to help youth realize meaningful employment and tackle life challenges better. In 2014, he was finalist in the Haller Prize for Development Journalism, became and ambassador for the NUHA Foundation Global Blogging Prize in 2015, a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 nominee in 2018 and was shortlisted for the BBC World News Service Komla Dumor Award in 2018.
Victor is an Engineer and a problem solver. He is passionate about education and poverty eradication. Victor currently works as Cofounder and facilitator of Tech the girl Child Africa (TGC) an outreach program that seeks to engage over 10,000 girl child, especially in Africa with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
Victor is also serving as Director of sales and marketing at Mingcart, a company he cofounded in 2016 to unify Africa through culture and traditions.
Victor has received a number of prestigious National Merit Scholarship awards for his dedication to education. He hopes see everyone educated someday.
Ezinne is a youth passionate about issues pertaining to inclusive growth, sustainable development, climate change and the enormous transformations taking place in especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. She seeks to earn a doctorate degree in Development Economics and her career goal is to be a development economist in an international development organization.
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Challenges of the 21st century
The importance of devoting urgent attention to sustainable development is critical for the future of the planet and its people. According to scientists, climate change could threaten livelihoods, trigger conflicts, accelerate biodiversity loss, exacerbate disease outbreaks, destabilize political and social systems, cause economic shocks, and increase inequalities. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 ambitious objectives for a greener, healthier, more peaceful, and equal planet, agreed to by all governments, to be achieved by 2030.
Education for a better world
To change course, the world needs many more of its citizens, especially the next generation, to have the knowledge, values, and skills to better navigate this uncertain future, tackle its profound challenges, and build more prosperous and resilient communities. Research shows that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a crucial tool, which not only empowers students to shape a better world, but also perform better in school.
The role of schools and educators
More than half of the population of our planet is currently under the age of 30 - the biggest generation of young people the world has ever seen. This puts educators in a truly unique position of influence to educate millions of students to overcome the greatest challenges of the 21st century and lead healthy and productive lives, in harmony with nature.
Global Schools Program
The Global Schools Program is an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Global Schools develops the tools, resources and programs to support education systems around the world in shaping a more resilient and sustainable world. The vision of the program is to create a world where every primary and secondary school student is being equipped with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for effectively responding to the greatest challenges of this century and shaping a sustainable and prosperous world for all.