Youth and Education project

About the Youth and Education project

SOS International coordinated an advocacy project (Sept 2021 – July 2022), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and with support from the UNESCO (WHEC Youth Strategy), USPESD, and Fridays for Future,  aiming to work with policymakers to better understand how climate education can be integrated in higher education in their countries. While UNESCO and UNEP sought to invite and encourage policymakers / ministers to collaborate in this project, SOS International convened student-led organizations and supported (groups of) students on the ground to collaborate with policymakers in their countries, with a specific focus on higher education.

The project started in September 2021 and ended in July 2022, but the Youth for Climate Education community that was initiated as part of this project continues independently.

The following lists the main outputs from this project:

A collection of video messages from students what’s lacking, what’s needed and which actions are required to advance climate education in higher education. The resulting video was shown at the Times Higher Education Climate Impact Forum on 28 October, where it was watched by participating ministers and delegates.

> Help to spread the video in your networks and use it for your advocacy efforts.

Two 2-hour virtual workshops, delivered in collaboration with student organizations who can share good practice experience in working successfully with ministries

See recording of advocacy workshop #1 from March 2nd and advocacy workshop 2 from 27 July 2022.

A peer-community where students from the target countries can exchange about their progress and strategies and get support from each other and from SOS;

Join the Youth for Climate Education community

The manifesto for climate education, including policy asks for advancing climate education and a set of recommendations on how policy makers and youth can better collaborate on advancing climate education.

Sign and spread the manifesto, and get policy makers to sign it!

A high-level roundtable where youth presented and discussed the manifesto for climate education at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference in May (18-20)

See the recording here.