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The Transform Education Newsletter- April 2023
Hello Education Transformers,
What keeps you going? As young activists we are constantly faced with challenges compounded by the myth that we cannot make change. However, everyday, we are reminded of our individual and collective power to co-create the sustainable and inclusive futures we want to see.
For us at TE, we are motivated and inspired by each other, our grit, our hope and our compassion.
What keeps you motivated on the days when everything feels impossible?
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” - Audre Lorde
What have we been up to?
Asia and the Pacific SRGBV Symposium
The Asia Pacific Learning Symposium organised by the Global Working Group to end School-related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) was held in Bangkok from 26th to 28th April 2023. Its aim was to provide a learning platform for various youth advocates, education policymakers, government representatives and civil society organizations to discuss both, challenges and strategies to tackle SRGBV specifically in the Asia-Pacific region. Not only were TE young feminist activists part of the organising team for the symposium, but they also spoke on and moderated multiple panels, highlighting the need for feminist principles, youth leadership and gender transformative education to be an integral part of fighting SRGBV.
Participants, AP SRGBV Symposium
UN ECOSOC Youth Forum
UNECOSOC Youth forum was hosted in April at the UN HQ. It was an opportunity for youth leaders to engage in conversation with Member States or other actors on how to transform the world into a fairer, greener and more sustainable place guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On the first day of the Youth Forum, TE Feminist Leadership in Education Co-Lead, Alejandra participated as a panelist in a South-South Intergenerational Dialogue to promote partnership in innovative education. She had the honor to represent Mexico in her contributions. Major takeaways include the need for resources, co-creation, mentorship and context-specific support.
From left, Francesc Pédro: Director of UNESCO IESALC, Eugene Gato Nsengamungu: Founder of Rwanda Youth Technology Informants, , Alejandra Ramos Gomez: Co-Lead Feminist Leadership in Education Working Group (TE), Giulia Barāo: Consultant, UNESCO, Bosen Lily Liu: UNESCO Lead on Young People Transforming Education
Intergenerational Mentorship and Dialogue
Education Transformers got an opportunity to meet with Director of UNGEI, Antara Ganguli, to discuss their work and ways in which they create and experience joy in their advocacy.
From Left: Antara Ganguli: Director of UNGEI, Armel Sly-vania: Co-Lead STEM Working Group (TE), Alejandra Ramos Gomez:Co-Lead Feminist Leadership in Education Working Group (TE), Arissa Roy: Member, TE, Yande Banda: Co Chair, TE, Front, Nhial Deng: Member, TE
CommuniTE Teach In Learning Series
At TE, we value the ability to create a safe and brave space to facilitate learning and development as we are leading change in our own communities. To ensure that we are advocating effectively, we curate learning and development strategies to support our needs and areas of interest.
Over the last month, Education Transformers gathered biweekly to build on their existing knowledge as young feminist activists working to advance gender transformative education in their respective communities. This series, inspired by our recently concluded pilot of the Transforming Education in Crisis CommuniTE Teach Ins (funded and supported by the Secondary Education Working Group) addresses:
Each session is led by a young feminist activist as peer-to-peer learning is effective to convey ideas and increase relatability.
Upcoming Events and Activations
Join us for an Instagram Live hosted by the ATHENA Network on May 25th, 4pm EAT in celebration of Menstrual Health Day
Education in Emergencies: Data and Evidence Summit, June, Geneva
The EiE Data & Evidence Summit will convene policy makers, ministries of education, data technical experts, researchers, practitioners, and donors to collectively strengthen the EiE data and evidence ecosystem as a key component of ensuring that crisis-affected populations have access to quality, inclusive, equitable, and safe education.
Women Deliver 2023 Conference: Spaces, Solidarity and Solutions
WD2023 will take place in-person in Kigali, Rwanda, as well as virtually, from 17-20 July 2023. As one of the largest multi-sectoral convenings to advance gender equality, WD2023 will convene 6,000 people in Kigali and 200,000+ people online through the virtual Conference and six-month Global Dialogue leading up to the Conference.
Several TE Members will be in attendance at #WD2023, will you?
Join the global movement to end period poverty. Check out the social media toolkit by Menstrual Hygiene Day here.
Looking for donors to fund your projects?
Check this out: CIVICUS Donor Finder
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts: is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide (via Goodreads).
Image courtesy Resmaa Menakem
Finding strength and motivation in our communities is how we continue to fight against patriarchal norms. Thank you for sustaining us.