JOIN THE YOUTH/STUDENT-LED SUB-GROUP!
75 million school-aged children and young people living in or fleeing from emergencies are in desperate need of educational support, either in danger of, or already missing out on their education. Communities highlight the importance of education during crises, yet education appeals receive less than 2% of humanitarian funding. Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the only global multilateral fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. The fund aims to reach all crisis-affected children and youth with safe, free and quality education by 2030.
Education Cannot Wait is the first and only global multilateral fund in which young people participate directly in decision-making.
Organisations led by and representing children and young people are invited to join a ‘sub-group’, which is represented by a youth/student-led organisation elected to sit on highest governance bodies of Education Cannot Wait. This means that young people themselves have a direct say in the way that ECW operates, including decisions about where funding goes and the policies that ECW sets. YOUR organisation - whatever its size - can be part of the global fight for education in emergencies.
In the 2021 election, the youth-led international organisation Help4Refugees was elected for a two-year term to represent the youth- and student-led subgroup. 100 Million supports the sub-group and coordinates the elections process. Find out more about the current work of the subgroup here.
Overall, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is governed by representatives from Member States, other multilateral funds, UN agencies, private sector organisations, and civil society organisations. These different entities each have their own ‘constituency’, and the civil society constituency now includes a formal way for youth/student-led organisations to have a protected space for participation.
The civil society constituency is divided into four 'sub-groups':
- International NGOs/northern networks
- National/local/regional NGOs/CSOs/networks
- Teacher organisations
- Youth/student-led organisations
If your organisation becomes a member of the youth/student-led sub-group, you will be able to:
- participate in ECW governance and accountability, including electing an organisation from within your sub-group to represent you on ECW's High-Level Steering Group (HLSG) and Executive Committee (ExCom)
- receive documentation in advance of ECW’s meetings, and have the opportunity to feedback and make recommendations to your elected representative
- take part in advocacy work to support ECW.
No other global multilateral fund includes representative young people in this way - ECW is offering a groundbreaking opportunity. If youth/student-led organisations get involved - particularly organisations run by young people with knowledge and experience of emergencies - it can make a huge difference to the children and young people whose day-to-day reality is life in an emergency setting. It is a huge step forward for organised, representative, youth-led movements to be recognised as the valid voice for young people in global policy and decision-making.
WHO CAN JOIN THE YOUTH/STUDENT-LED SUBGROUP?
GENERAL CRITERIA FOR JOINING THE SUB-GROUP
To join ANY of the civil society sub-groups, your organisation must not be a corporate or for-profit entity.
For the youth/student-led sub-group any youth or student-led organisation is welcome to join, as long as your work involves education OR emergencies, or you are based in an emergency context.
Individuals cannot be members of the sub-group: membership is only open to organisations, but your organisation can be any size, and it does not have to be legally or formally registered.
You can only join one sub-group. If you are an international youth-led NGO, for example, you can choose to join the INGO sub-group OR the youth/student-led sub-group.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Organisations can join the sub-groups at any time, but to take part in the current elections process, you must be a member of the sub-group by 19 December 2020!
SPECIFIC CRITERIA TO JOIN THE YOUTH/STUDENT-LED SUB-GROUP
Membership of the sub-group is open to organisations (not individuals) which meet the following criteria:
- Organisations which are youth- or student-led: this means where the organisation is led predominantly by young people aged 30 or below.
For example, if your organisation has a formal board (such as a student union), at least 51% of your board must be young people aged 30 or below. If your organisation is a grassroots or informal entity (such as a campaign group), at least 51% of the people who make decisions regarding the work of your organisation must be aged 30 or below.
YOUR ORGANISATION MUST ALSO BE ONE OR BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Organisations which work in the field of education: this includes both formal education (such as school/university-based groups) and informal education (such as community-based groups working on education issues).
- Organisations which work in or on emergency contexts: this includes organisations of any size working directly with displaced populations or advocating for the rights of displaced populations.
Examples of eligible members of the sub-group include local and national student unions, local youth-led campaign groups calling for quality education, grassroots groups providing support for refugee children, groups led by refugee or displaced young people.
Examples of ineligible members of the sub-group include youth ambassador teams or advisory committees working on behalf of a national or international NGO, youth groups or organisations where decision-making is led by a majority of individuals aged over 30.
Please note that the current representatives, Help4Refugees, are in post for two years. The next election for the youth- and student-led subgroup will be held in 2022.
No voice is more powerful for the rights of marginalised young people than the voice of marginalised young people themselves. This is a principle to which 100 Million works, and this standard will be used to make sure that there is genuine representation of young people who understand the dire situation of education for children forced to live in emergency contexts.
If your organisation wants to stand for election, it must work on education in an emergency context(s) – although this does not have to be the ONLY area you work on.
In practice, the elected organisational representatives (the individuals who will sit on ECW’s governance bodies) must have an understanding of the challenges in the field of education in emergencies to be as effective as possible. This will mean they are in the best position to respond to questions and issues that are raised by members of the sub-group, as well as ensure their credibility in formal meetings of ECW’s High-Level Steering Group and Executive Committee.
Elected organisations serve a two-year term, renewable once by re-election should they wish. Your organisation cannot stand for election to represent this group unless it is a member of the youth/student-led sub-group - but you can join the sub-group and submit your nomination form at the same time.
At present, organisations wishing to stand for election must ensure their proposed representatives can work in English, as this is the only working language of ECW. 100 Million will continue to advocate for additional languages and language support, and will source or provide translation where possible.
SPECIFIC CRITERIA TO STAND FOR ELECTION
If your organisation wishes to stand for election to represent the youth/student-led sub-group in the ECW governance structure, BOTH of the following criteria must be met:
- Must be youth- or student-led based on the definition for membership of the sub-group (above).
- Must work in the field of formal or informal education in emergency contexts. Working in formal or informal education includes direct interventions like providing or supporting educational activities, or advocacy work, like campaigning for education in emergency contexts.
Examples of eligible candidates include student unions based in countries operating in an emergency context, student unions or federations of student unions which run campaigns for education in emergencies, local youth-led campaign groups which call for quality education in emergencies, grassroots groups providing educational support for refugee or displaced children, and groups led by refugee or displaced young people which are focused on education.
Examples of ineligible candidates include student unions which do not operate in emergency contexts, student unions or federations of student unions which do not campaign for education in emergencies, youth-led entities which operate in emergency contexts but do not run activities relating to education.
ELECTED ORGANISATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
If your organisation decides to nominate itself to stand in the sub-group election, you must identify who will be your nominated representatives. There should be one person for the High-Level Steering Group and another person for the Executive Committee. However, if your organisation is small, this can be the same person.
100 Million is committed to supporting genuine youth/student-led participation in ECW's governance. If you have any questions regarding the sub-group or standing for election, please feel free to contact Georgia Potton, Head of Activism: email@example.com
YOUTH/STUDENT-LED SUB-GROUP INFO & ELECTIONS PACK
We've created an information and elections pack for any organisation interested in getting involved in the ECW youth/student-led sub-group. This document provides more detailed information about membership of the sub-group, standing for election, the responsibilities of the elected organisation and its representatives. If you are interested in standing for election, please take a look at this document as a next step from here.
ECW'S OPERATIONAL MANUAL
This is a user-friendly guide which contains all the information about how ECW is organised and run, including its decision-making processes.
ECW'S STRATEGIC PLAN 2018-2021
This is another user-friendly document which explains ECW’s strategic priorities for the current period.
YOUTH/STUDENT-LED SUB-GROUP NOMINATION FORM
If you want to stand for election, please complete this form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 December 2020.
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE ECW CIVIL SOCIETY CONSTITUENCY
These terms of reference were compiled by representatives from each of the different sub-groups of the civil society constituency, and contains the full eligibility criteria for joining the sub-groups and standing for election, role profiles and responsibilities, and information about elections and accountability processes.
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR ECW'S HIGH-LEVEL STEERING GROUP
Detailed information about how the High-Level Steering Group of Education Cannot Wait operates.
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR ECW'S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Detailed information about how the Executive Committee of Education Cannot Wait operates.
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