In 2012, the former United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon launched the Global Education
First Initiative (GEFI) and within this initiative there was a Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) that consisted
of 15 young representatives from around the world. During 4 years, the members of YAG worked on promoting better quality education, accessible education and GCED.
In 2015, APCEIU and the YAG conducted a Youth Advocacy Workshop on GCED, which marked
as an important precedent for the creation of the GCED Youth Network a year later. In 2016 APCEIU
organized a second Youth Advocacy Workshop that gathered youth that previously participated
in advocacy training conducted by the YAG. As the YAG came to an end with the conclusion of the
GEFI, APCEIU and former members of YAG decided to create a youth structure that would focus
only on GCED, which gave life to the GCED Youth Network.
Since 2016, the GCED Youth Network has been working closely with APCEIU and other local, regional and international organizations to promote GCED and active youth participation through
a series of online and offline activities around the world.
During its first year of operations, the GCED Youth Network constituted its Core Team. The Network
started gaining recognition through its international participation. It also conducted local and
international events through its members. In 2016, the Network held a session in UNESCO GCED
Week in Canada, and also organized and facilitated GCED Workshop in Peru and Georgia.
The GCED Youth Network established its structure and started building a stable set of yearly
activities with youth. The first court of online course, Voices of Youth, facilitated and mentored
by the Network that has begun. The Network also worked together with APCEIU in developing GCED Youth
Advocacy Toolkit, a guideline on advocacy for GCED.
The GCED Youth Network gained more visibility and support of regional and international education
stakeholders, aiming to have a more regional presence moving forward. Alongside facilitating the
5th Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED, the Network participated in youth session in GCED
at the International Conference held by APCEIU, represented youth in the UNESCO-APCEIU GCED
Actors Platform, and co-organize/facilitated GCED Workshop in Moldova.
The GCED Youth Network kept working and started to have a more active role in Latin America
and the Caribbean through its regional members, especially by participating in the process of
creation of GCED policy for Central America and Dominican Republic with SICA and UNESCO
Santiago. In 2020, the Network also participated in developing a resource manual for youth
activities on GCED with a group of experts.
The Network continues to expand its partnership with APCEIU in various areas, including Youth
Leadership Workshop, resource development, management of GCED Online Campus, and Youth
Ambassadors Programme. Besides the cooperation with APCEIU, the Network will actively
engage in activities by region and within the community.