Youth and Education project
About the Youth and Education project
SOS is coordinating an advocacy project, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the UNESCO (WHEC Youth Strategy), USPESD, and Fridays for Future, aiming to work with policymakers to better understand how curriculum change takes place in their countries, with the ultimate goal to include ESD and climate education in the curriculum across all levels of education. While UNESCO and UNEP are working to invite and encourage policymakers / ministers to collaborate in this project, SOS International is convening student-led organizations and supporting (groups of) students on the ground to collaborate with policymakers in their countries, with a specific focus on higher education.
The collaboration started in September 2021 and runs until July 2022.
The project consists of the following 4 work areas.
Text in red highlights how SOS members and other youth-led organizations can contribute to these.
(Scroll down to point 4 for the most current activities!)
1. Partnership development
Align with other organizations with similar intentions and plans to advocate for climate education.
> Let us know if you are working on similar plans or know of other organizations that are.
2. Consolidating asks and gathering insights
Coordinate a roundtable discussion with organizations working on climate education to pull together key asks for how climate education should be integrated in the curriculum. This took place on 20th October.
> Contribute to the collection of asks and recommendations.
Gather insights from existing research from young people on what they want in relation to climate education and carry out new targeted primary in-country research where needed.
> Share existing research you are aware of / have conducted and support delivery of primary research in your country.
3. Highlighting youth voices
Compile and deliver a collection of video messages from students on how climate education what’s lacking, what’s needed and which actions is 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.
4. Enabling collaboration
Coordinate collaboration between students and education ministries in their own countries, including: outreach to select students committed to work with ministries, and supporting students to organize, facilitate and follow-up on meetings with ministers
Build the capacity of students to collaborate with ministries, including:
1. a series of two 2-hour virtual workshops, delivered in collaboration with student organizations who can share good practice experience in working successfully with ministries;
2. 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;
Develop a manifesto including policy demands for advancing climate education and a set of recommendations on how policy makers and youth can better collaborate on advancing climate education.
Hosting a high-level roundtable where youth present and discuss their policy asks and recommendations at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference in May (18-20)