Apply for the OxFID 2022 Global Youth Challenge led by the Oxford Forum for International Development, United Nations Human Rights, UNESCO
DEADLINE: 30 April 2022
In partnership with the OHCHR, UNESCO, and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, the Oxford Forum for International Development (OxFID) aims to stimulate youth dialogue around international development, and challenge participants to come up with solutions in the realm of human rights education.
Participants are challenged to provide solutions to support or strengthen the implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.
- How can human rights education be implemented and enhanced by, for, and with, youth and young people?
- Human rights education and training is essential for the promotion of universal respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It contributes to the prevention of human rights violations by providing persons with knowledge and skills and developing their attitudes and behaviors to building a culture of human rights.
- Human rights education for youth is part of the UN’s growing focus on the contributions of young people to the realization of human rights. In 2018, the UN Secretary-General’s youth strategy makes the entire UN system responsible for stepping up human rights education and training for youth. In 2019, the Human Rights Council dedicated the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, running from 2020 to 2024, to human rights education by, for, and with youth. The plan of action, which contains guidance to develop a comprehensive human rights education strategy for youth at the national level, can be accessed here.
- The objectives of the World Programme, particularly in its fourth phase, include:
- (1) expand human rights education to include all youths, with priority for young people in vulnerable and marginalised conditions;
- (2) facilitate young people’s participation and leadership in human rights education programming;
- (3) outline key components and actions for human rights education for youth in order to assess national progress;
- (4) encourage cooperation on local, national, regional, and international levels regarding human rights, youth, education, sustainable development, and the 2030 Agenda.
- At the end of each phase of the World Programme, States submit a national evaluation report, which OHCHR compiles into a final report on the implementation of the phase. The reports of the first three phases can be found here: (2005-2009), (2010-2014), and (2015-2019).
- The Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), have been tasked by Member States to support the implementation of this programme at country-level.
- The Global Youth Challenge is overseen by the Oxford Forum for International Development 2022, in partnership with the three UN partners, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, UNESCO, and OHCHR.
- Participants are challenged to provide solutions to support or strengthen the implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.
- The focus of the challenge is how human rights education can be implemented and enhanced by, for, and with youth and young people.
- The submission form can be accessed here. Participants must submit the form by 30 April 2022, 2359 UTC. Only one submission per team is allowed.
- The Global Youth Challenge is designed to take into account any accessibility needs and/or mitigating circumstances of all participants. Relevant information can be provided in the above submission form.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can participate in the Global Youth Challenge?
- In line with Diversity & Inclusion, the challenge is open to young people around the world (18 – 30 years old), regardless of nationality and background.
- The challenge should be delivered by self-organised teams of 3 – 5, with a designated team leader. There are no restrictions set on the team composition aside from the age requirement.
- What is the expected format of the output?
- A multimedia pitch (eg. video presentation) of maximum 4 minutes, is preferred.
- Alternatively, other modes of submission (eg. written proposal) are welcome. Written proposals should not exceed 1000 words (excluding bibliography).
- All submissions will be assessed through the same criteria.
- What is the expected language of the output?
- Submission via English is preferred. ○ Alternatively, other official United Nations languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian) are welcome.
- At what level should solutions be framed?
- Solutions should be conceptualised in a specific context, such as regional, national, or local levels. ○ Solutions can involve and engage a range of stakeholders, including youth-led organizations and groups, government at all levels, private sector, academic institutions, and civil society.
- What aspects of human rights education can participants focus on?
- Participants can consider, but are not limited to, the following programming areas: Policies and related implementation measures (para. 25 of the Plan of Action of the fourth phase of the World Programme), Teaching and learning processes and tools (paras. 26-29), Training of educators (paras. 30-36), and Enabling learning environments (paras. 37-39). ○ Participants are encouraged to come up with innovative ideas, focusing on how young people can be agents of change in supporting and strengthening human rights education.
- How will the assessment process be conducted?
- Solutions will be assessed based on relevance, effectiveness, creativity, impact, and sustainability.
- The guiding questions for the criteria are as such:
- To what extent does the solution address one or more of the above aspects of human rights education?
- To what extent is the solution developed with, for, and by youth?
- To what extent does the solution adopt appropriate methodologies?
- To what extent does the solution take a novel and innovative approach to human rights education?
- To what extent is the solution delivered in an accessible and creative manner?
- What is the breadth and depth of impact that the solution can generate?
- To what extent can the solution be sustained in the long-term and create lasting impact?
- First-round screening will be done internally by the Oxford Forum for International Development 2022 committee.
- Selected finalists (maximum of 10) recognised by OxFID will then be jointly assessed by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, UNESCO, and OHCHR, in order to determine the top 3 winners.
- The selected finalists will receive publicity from OxFID, while the top 3 winners will have their solutions highlighted and amplified by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, UNESCO and OHCHR, together with other potential recognition to be confirmed.
NB: Any questions or concerns about the Global Youth Challenge can be directed to the OxFID team at outreach.OxFID@outlook.com
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