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Make sure youth Are In Charge of their education

363 signatures
1,000 target

Young people everywhere are exhausted, stressed out, and bored by their education. 

Millions leave unprepared for the real-world, with multiple global surveys showing graduates are not prepared for a rapidly changing world of work. 

This is not the fault of students or teachers, but this is the way our education systems are set up. We have an education system that does NOT design WITH OR FOR students’ needs, preferences, or desires.  

In April 1990, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) - the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history - made it a LEGAL RIGHT for young people to have a say in their education. 

Article 11 and 12 state:  

  1. "States parties should encourage the child to form a free view and should provide an environment that enables the child to exercise her or his right to be heard" 
  2. "The views expressed by children may add relevant perspectives and experience and should be considered in decision-making, policymaking and preparation of laws and/or measures as well as their evaluation." 

BUT this is rarely a reality. Young people’s human rights are clearly being violated and this must change.

What are we asking for?

  • For every education ministry to have a youth council on education 
  • For new education policies to be systematically validated by young people prior to being implemented 
  • For youth councils to inform and lead solutions to challenges intensified by COVID-19, including but not limited to: widening systemic inequity and declining youth mental health
  • For outside of school learning experiences to be recognized as an INTEGRAL part of education 

Addressed to: 

United Nations Secretary General - António Guterres

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education - Stefania Giannini 

National Education Ministries globally 


This petition is an initiative of YouthXYouth, and is hosted by NOW! to support youth activism and help out new initiatives. For questions or feedback, please email the promoters of the petition at [email protected]

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  • Peter Bingham
    signed 2021-03-07 17:19:27 +0100
    listen to children, the future visioners
  • Karen Wilkins
    signed 2021-03-05 18:40:36 +0100
  • Anna Singankutti
    signed 2021-03-05 17:02:46 +0100
  • Liz Campbell
    signed 2021-03-04 20:38:36 +0100
    To do anything less will cause us unprecedented shame, guilt, regret and humiliation in the very near future. It is no longer acceptable to say I didn’t realize how abusive mandatory schooling is.
  • Sidney Morris
    signed 2021-03-04 16:21:23 +0100
  • Heather MacTaggart
    signed 2021-03-04 15:23:06 +0100
    If we believe kids are humans then they must have human rights. The most basic human right is to decide how you will spend your time.
  • Stephanie Sewell
    signed 2021-03-04 15:14:48 +0100
    I have been in multiple international conversations with young people over the last months. As an education professional, I feel that it is time – long past time – to give youth the kind of voice and broader recognition of learning that is proposed here.
  • Derry Hannam
    signed 2021-03-04 14:29:55 +0100
    Totally agree!
  • Martha Galvis
    signed 2021-02-24 22:46:29 +0100
  • Lauren de Leon
    signed 2021-02-23 18:31:50 +0100
  • Dave Cudworth
    signed 2021-02-20 09:18:37 +0100
  • Natalia Maria Rudd Velasco
    signed 2021-02-16 23:29:19 +0100
  • Jordan Taylor
    signed 2021-02-16 03:37:47 +0100
  • Chanel McElroy
    signed 2021-02-13 20:17:14 +0100
  • Heather Kostell
    signed 2021-02-13 19:19:50 +0100
  • randi seidner
    signed 2021-02-13 18:48:07 +0100
  • Peter Berg
    signed 2021-02-13 18:39:36 +0100
  • Lynne Lisa
    signed 2021-02-13 18:39:29 +0100
    Children’s rights include children having a say in their education! Allow them their power.
  • Sabrina Mahmood
    signed 2021-02-13 18:36:22 +0100
  • Richard Fransham
    signed 2021-02-13 18:33:21 +0100
    Wonderful initiative. I’m with you.
  • Ζoe Valerie
    signed 2021-02-13 18:21:06 +0100
  • Ζoe Valerie
    signed 2021-02-13 18:19:36 +0100
  • Derek Buelink
    signed 2021-02-13 00:46:59 +0100
  • Sapphire Rowlands
    signed 2021-02-10 16:22:57 +0100
  • Brandon Reynante
    signed 2021-02-09 00:41:34 +0100
  • Oliver Stephenson
    signed 2021-02-09 00:28:44 +0100
  • Manuela Kronen
    signed 2021-02-08 21:15:29 +0100
  • Elisa Wenzel
    signed 2021-02-08 20:07:32 +0100
  • Sodiq Adebiyi
    signed 2021-02-06 10:38:49 +0100
  • Khalid Mouhyi
    signed 2021-02-05 22:51:45 +0100