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“GEN Z Take on education” - Panel discussion celebrating the 25th anniversary of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education


08 December 2023


03:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Europe/Zurich)


Room XXI at Palais des Nations, Geneva (and online)


Meaningful participation of young people in shaping the future of education

Background information

As the education mandate closes its 25th year, and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education invites Gen Zers, to participate in an interactive discussion on how they envisage an education that prepares them to successfully navigate their world, the most critical changes they want to see in education, and how they can be empowered to meaningfully participate in rewriting the social contract on education going forward.

Secretariat note verbale
English | Français | Español (PDF)

Information flyer
العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español (PNG)

Programme of work
English (PDF)


The event will be hybrid with all panellists attending in-person, an in-person audience who will be able to submit questions in real time and give reactions, along with online attendees, through an online platform to include as many perspectives as possible. The Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Ms. Farida Shaheed, will moderate the discussion.

The event will be live streamed on UN webcast and across several social media platforms. Interpretation in all official languages of the United Nations will be available.


The event will enable Member States and representatives from student organizations, educational institutions, civil society organizations, international organizations, specialized agencies, programmes and funds and other stakeholders, to engage in meaningful dialogue across generations, and various intersectional divides with young participants, to hear their views on ways we can work together to reshape the debate on education to ensure it responds to the needs of young people, as they see them, with a view to:

  • Increase participation of young people from all backgrounds in shaping the dialogue on the future of education;
  • Spread awareness among all actors about the importance of meaningful and sustainable youth engagement strategies;
  • Increase awareness of the right to education and how to create and seize opportunities to become involved in decision-making fora and identify existing and missing resources and tools;
  • Increase understanding among decision-makers on de facto barriers to participation faced by young people and on what young people see as the most effective strategies in order to more authentically engage in formal and informal policy and oversight mechanisms;
  • Establish connection between existing networks and communities to increase training and advocacy opportunities, peer support and learning;
  • Facilitate avenues of exchange between young people and national and international bodies to integrate youth perspectives in transparency and accountability processes in education to ensure their feedback is valued and integrated;
  • Exchange good practices, challenges and opportunities in strengthening social cohesion and rebuilding trust between different actors involved in the realization of the right to education at all levels.

Registration is open until 7 December 2023