Regional Education Agenda

Including All Children in Quality Learning

Youth Participation

A Consultation with Adolescents and Youth from Europe and Central Asia was held in Istanbul from 2-6 September 2013. During this Consultation, young people developed a statement on their priorities for education in the region and their priorities for the post-2015 agenda.

youth at the youth conference 2013

The purpose of the Consultation was:
  • To empower adolescents and youth to contribute their views and experiences to discussions on advancing equity and quality in education and the post-2015 development agenda in the region; and
  • To engage adolescents and youth meaningfully in the process, outcomes and follow-up to the Regional Consultation with Youth on the Post-2015 Agenda and the Ministerial Education Conference with the theme of Including all Children in Quality Learning.

youth consultation september 2013

About 30 adolescent and youth, aged 10-24, participated in the consultation. They represented a broad-based group of youth, including but not limited to representatives of youth-led and youth-serving organizations. It included young representatives from 3 main ‘pools’ of adolescents and young people with previous leadership and education-related experience:

  1. 26 adolescents and/or youth representing youth organizations from countries in the region (1 each from 20 countries in the region)
  2. Two youth representing youth organizations in Western Europe (Norway and The Netherlands)
  3. One youth that participated in a Prudential-funded research study on adolescents out of secondary education who provided important insights on the situation of young people without access to secondary school

youth consultation september 2013During the Consultation the young people produced two draft statements to be presented in upcoming Regional events. First, they produced a statement on the situation of education in the region lays out their priorities for improving education access and quality. Second they produced a statement outlining their priorities for the future development agenda post-2015. Both statements will be launched this fall at the Regional Consultation on the Post-2015 Agenda and at the Regional Ministerial Education Conference – ‘Including all children in quality learning.’


Videos from the Regional Ministerial Education Conference: