Malala Day at the United Nations? What’s that?
July 12, 2013 is Malala Yousafza’s 16th birthday. As you may know, on October 9, 2012, Malala was shot by the Taliban while she was travelling to school in Pakistan. She was targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to get an education. She was flown to the UK to recover from the shooting and is now back at school and continues to campaign for every child’s right to education. She is marking her birthday by making her first high level public appearance and statement around the importance of education.
July 12, 2013 will also be the UN Youth Take Over Day. The Chair of the UN General Assembly, Ban Ki Moon, has formally secured the General Assembly for its first ever Youth Take Over. We hope that it will be an opportunity for youth (like you) to call on UN members states to deliver on Millennium Development Goal #2, universal primary education, at the post-2015 summit in September. Young leaders from around the world will convene at the Take Over Day in support of reaching the goal of all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.
The main event will be a youth assembly held in the morning of July 12 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the United Nations. Malala will address hundreds of young leaders who support education for every child. The assembly will be an opportunity for youth to present their call for action on global education to the United Nations. The intended outcome will be an official UN Outcomes Document that will be circulated to member states. The Youth Advocacy Group of the Global Education First Initiative is soliciting global youth feedback on what should be included in the outcomes document—and we’ll provide ways for you to give your feedback!
After much deliberation at Plan’s International Headquarters, we have decided to create a Plan youth delegation. The intended Plan delegation will be: seven members of the Global Youth Steering Committee (from Uganda, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, El Salvador, UK, US and Sweden); one member from the Education First Youth Advocacy Group (also a UK Youth Advisory Panel member); one member from Plan Norway’s Youth Advisory (as they are attending Plan International USA’s at the same time); and two members of Plan International USA’s YUGA network – a total of 11 young people.
Want to be one of those two YUGA members who get to go to the United Nations?
Here are some of the requirements:
- You have to be a U.S.-based youth, ages 14 – 18.
- You have to be available on July 11-12, 2013—and able to travel with Plan staff to New York City.
- You have to have some experience with Plan and YUGA—running a campaign, participating in a chapter, attending the Summit, etc. etc.
- You have to fill out an online application and be selected by the YUGA Steering Committee.
- If you are attending the 2013 YUGA Leadership Summit, you will be asked to give a short presentation on Plan and YUGA’s participation in the event.
And so, without further ado, here’s the online application: click here to apply!
You must apply by Friday, May 31st to be considered for this opportunity. We will notify you of your status by Friday, June 7th. Good luck!