Education Transformers are saving the world
July Newsletter 2022
Young people everywhere are the driving force behind movements. In some territories, it is easier to gain visibility which for some can mean more support and public buy-in. In the world of advocacy, public buy-in is its own currency as you are able to gain notability and an even bigger movement. But for others, this is not possible. Within the Transform Education (TE) network, there are so many powerful young people driving change in their countries. From working to increase access to education in crisis to bridging the gender and digital divide, Education Transformers are getting the job done.
Education Transformers are saving the world!
We had the honor of catching up with a few Education Transformers for this month’s special edition newsletter to find out what drives their work and commitment to creating a gender-equal world in and through education.
Meet Selin, Turkey
Selin is working to end gender norms and stereotypes through feminist leadership. Witnessing the widening gender gap and the injustices that exist in the world as a result of culture and tradition motivates her to do more. As an activist she represents adolescent girls of her country on a global scale, hosting workshops and speaking on panels to highlight key issues that they are facing. In her earlier years, she was a competitive athlete, leading her volleyball team and participating in the 41st Istanbul Marathon representing the NGO, ‘Hope of Education for Children Receiving Cancer Treatment’.
Meet Hyelhara, Nigeria
Meet Lynda, Uganda
Lynda is working to create a safer and equal world for women, girls, and other minority groups. Her hope in humanity keeps her going as she works as a Program Associate for Raising Teenagers, Uganda. Throughout her activism, she works with Raising Teenagers to promote the rights of children through providing sponsorship for girls to access education. Most recently, they launched the initiative, Hike For the Girl Child, an annual event to create awareness, break stigmas and promote menstrual health for girls in their country. They are also championing an end to child marriage by working with religious and cultural leaders and engaging in school outreach to address it.
Meet Anu, Mongolia
Meet Maryada, Nepal
Maryada is working to create an inclusive and equitable world. She is a former trainer on Regional Academy 2.0, ICPD 30 youth, and a facilitator on Online Campaign: Acceptance, UNICEF. Her work is in the field of increasing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Meet Karimot, Nigeria
Karimot is working toward creating a world where every child has access to quality education, a world where girls can dream without barriers. On International Women’s Day 2022, she was recognized as one of the 20 young women that are breaking the bias in her state.
For two years, Karimot, along with her team, organized the Ibadan Schools Debate Training and Competition in which they had more than 35 schools and 737 students participated. This is a project that seeks to transform education for teenagers especially girls by providing outside-of-classroom learning experiences that would not only improve their technical skills but also instill in them soft skills that would allow them to function in today's world.
Meet Armel, Comoros
Armel believes in change and transformation. Having faced several challenges in her work, the happiness, and talent of the children she works with inspire her to keep going. She was the first Comorian woman to build a robot and had the honor of participating in the World Olympics competition where she won a silver medal for her courageous achievement. She was a part of an NGO that organised the SRHR training on their island.