The 4th UN Sustainable Development Goal relates to education and change. How to implement inclusive and quality education for all, and promote lifelong learning, to build a fairer society.

Children in Pakistani School. Photo: UNDP

Malala Yousafzai was only 12 years old when she wrote a moving blog article about her life in Pakistan under the Taliban regime. Her bravery almost cost Malala her life – she was shot by a gunman and had to flee her country to remain safe. Things have changed for her since. Her voice was now heard and she became famous in global media for advocating education for girls in her country. Last summer, Malala received the news that she was accepted at the prestigious Oxford University. She’s a good example that education can change people, build dreams, move the world.

Like Malala in her early years, many children have poor or no access to education. According to the UN, 57 million children are out of school. Half of them live in conflict-affected areas. Even when they do go to school, it is often not enough to provide them with the basic education: 103 million youth lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of them are women. The most vulnerable groups are persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.

Some progress has been achieved in the last 17 years – more schools have access to computers, and schooling is growing; yet the numbers are unequal and can’t always equate with quality. «Even though more children than ever are going to school, many do not acquire basic skills in reading and mathematics», said a recent assessment report published by the UN. Teachers do not have proper training and the poor conditions of schools in many parts of the world jeopardize quality education prospects.

Funds for infrastructure and training are needed, as well as public policies that prioritize quality education. Many non-government organizations have acted tirelessly to improve the situation, especially in the most affected regions and with the most vulnerable groups.

Girls education is a critical issue for our society. Photo: Ma belle école

On the Horyou platform, the NGO Avante – Educação e Mobilização Social, based in Brazil, provides empowering education to children in poor and socially vulnerable communities. In addition to funding teacher training and tech inclusion in schools, it promotes citizenship, encourages gender and racial identity debates with children, their families and social actors and train them to become community leaders.

The association Ma Belle École works within school inclusion projects in developing countries. Through individual sponsorship programmes, it provides children with regular access to school in conflict-affected countries like Syria and Mali. It also helps their families, providing them with food and other basic resources, so children are not forced to abandon education and thus be used as cheap labor.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps promote education in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to engage in any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

The motto of the World Humanitarian Summit, which took place on May 23rd and 24th was #Share Humanity. More than 9,000 participants from 173 States, including 55 Heads of State and Government were gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to debate about the Humanitarian challenge in times of natural disasters, conflicts and refugee crisis.

World Humanitarian Summit opening ceremony
World Humanitarian Summit opening ceremony

“Standing up for humanity: committing to action” was the call for all stakeholders present at the World Humanitatian Summit, promoting the idea that non-profit organizations, civil society, public and private sectors should be united for the defense of human rights. “The Summit has brought to the forefront of global attention the scale of the changes required if we are to address the magnitude of the challenges before us”, stated the Chair’s Summary of the event. The document highlighted the desperate situation of more than 130 million people – affected by conflicts, poverty and climate change, and are amongst the most vulnerable populations in the world.

Global leaders are aware of the importance of the political will to prevent and end conflicts. Nevertheless, their actions can only be effective with the support of all social stakeholders and the use of diverse tools – preventive diplomacy, sustainable development, commitment to climate change policies and building of more inclusive and respectful societies. The leaders present at the Summit pledged to increase their investments and teams dedicated to conflict prevention and also to engage and empower youth, communities and women over the process.

Global leaders gathered during the World Humanitarian Summit
Global leaders gathered during the World Humanitarian Summit

Legal Framework

In order to safeguard humanity and to enhance the protection of civilians in armed conflict regions, heads of State and humanitarian leaders stressed the importance of creating and developing a legal framework. During the summit, global leaders announced commitments to enhance compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law by ratifying international treaties, adopting local legislation, improving monitoring and reporting of violations. Participants also pledged to promote protection of universities, schools and journalists in armed conflict regions by setting guidelines and plans of action. Since many hospital and medical facilities have been attacked in many of these regions, leaders also discussed how to raise awareness and build trust for health care teams.

Leave no one behind

The international community has demonstrated a commitment to promote sustainable development for all, including the 60 million people displaced and victims of crisis who deserve global attention, life, dignity and opportunities to thrive! The leadership of the many countries that welcomed refugees was praised and global leaders agreed on sharing responsibilities to address the current crisis. Governments and private organizations will enhance education and living conditions of displaced people, as well as tailor-made financial services.

The humanitarian action should also be backed by women inclusion and empowerment and promotion of gender equality worldwide – the lack of female leaders and decision makers is a global challenge that helps to increase inequality. New financial support programs were announced during the Summit, as well as commitments on sexual and reproductive health care.

Launching of Education Cannot Wait
Launching of Education Cannot Wait

Education can’t wait

A Fund for education in emergencies, Education Can’t Wait, was launched at the Summit, in order to support quality education to all children in crisis situations by 2030. “Education Cannot Wait galvanized an initial commitment of $90 million from donors and the private sector, with greater commitments expected in the lead up to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The Global Business Coalition for Education announced its intentions to mobilize $100 million for this Fund in financial and in-kind contributions”, says the Chair Summary.

Change people’s lives

By engaging all social stakeholders, the Summit is sending a message that humanitarian emergencies can’t be viewed as isolated from sustainable development efforts. With the conjoint work of all actors, including the direct affected populations, better solutions and outcomes will be reached. “People affected by crises need to not only be informed and consulted, but put at the centre of the decision-making processes”, states the Summary.

Overview of World Humanitarian Summit
Overview of World Humanitarian Summit


• The Summit launched the Regional Organisations Humanitarian Action Network, in order to strengthen collaboration amongst regional organisations.

• A Global Preparedness Partnership was launched by Finance Ministers of the most 20 vulnerable countries, with the support of the UN and World Bank, setting a goal to reach a minimum level of readiness to future shocks by 2020.

• The Global Alliance for Urban Crisis was launched to develop precarious urban settings, in partnership with local municipal communities and governments, while the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation intends to improve humanitarian action through innovative processes, approached and tools.

• The private sector must be also involved! The Connecting Business Initiative brings together 11 national private sector networks. Some industries like satellite and mobile launched plans to increase connectivity for affected populations.

Invest in Humanity

It’s a capitalist world – and the role of financing is key for sustainable development. Over 130 million worldwide need to have access not only to humanitarian assistance but to rebuild their lives. There was broad support from Member States to increase the Central Emergency Response Fund to $1 billion. This included a 25% increase by one country, a pledge to provide $149 million over 5 years, as well as an initiative to use risk financing to establish an innovative financing mechanism linked to risk insurance”, states the Summary.

In an effort to generate more data and solutions to promote economic resilience in fragile states, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank also announced the Global Financing Response Platform.

Closing ceremony with Ban Ki Moon
Closing ceremony with Ban Ki Moon

Way forward

The World Humanitarian Summit is a start, a call to action. By uniting voices and creating momentum, it starts a global conversation that should never stop – countries must honor their agreements and keep collaborating to share better times to come. The individual and joint commitments will be published in a Commitment to Action platform, which will be publicly accessible. Based on this document, next steps and recommendations will follow up. Horyou blog will follow all its steps, not only as a witness, but as an actor. By promoting communities empowerment, economic inclusion and network opportunity, we also #ShareHumanity.

Written by Vívian Soares

«Healthy Choices for a Better Future II » training organized by the Women Wellness and Empowerment organization.
“Healthy Choices for a Better Future II” training organized by the Women Wellness and Empowerment organization.

Each day we see the wonderful work of our Members, Personalities and Organizations on the Horyou platform. They are always Ready to Act! This week, we highlight the work and actions of great Organizations from Kenya, Brazil and France.

Organization: Women Wellness and Empowerment
Location: Kenya

“Healthy Choices for a better future” training has started !

Women Wellness and Empowerment organization works with the Kenya Ministry of Health(MoH) and partners in order to implement a project addressing sexual and reproductive health needs. The organisation also tries to promote a change of behaviour among young adolescents, young women and their children. Their training “Healthy Choices for a Better Future II” for members took place from the 22th of February until the 26th. It is also the occasion to engage with the community about sensitive thematics such as sexual gender based violence. Discover this action post here.

Par Laurie Martin

O bloco infantil Muriçoquinhas que arrasta milhares de foliões
O bloco infantil Muriçoquinhas que arrasta milhares de foliões.

Organização: Casa Pequeno Davi
Localização: Brasil

Carnaval contra a exploração

A Casa Pequeno Davi é uma organização da sociedade civil sem fins econômicos que desenvolve atividades educacionais com crianças e adolescentes do Bairro Roger e adjacências do Terminal Rodoviário em João Pessoa Brasil. A Casa Pequeno Davi fez uma linda ação durante o carnaval. O bloco infantil Muriçoquinhas que arrasta milhares de foliões todos os anos do carnaval de João Pessoa tornou-se espaço de mobilização da Rede de Proteção à Criança e ao Adolescente para alertar às pessoas sobre a necessidade de estarmos atentos aos abusos e violências que aumentam significativamente neste período. Saiba mais aqui.

Por Edriana Oliveira Major

Devenez un Benevole at Home et aidez les plus nécessiteux
Devenez un Benevole at Home et aidez les plus nécessiteux.

Organisation: Benevole At Home
Lieu: France

Devenez un ange gardien!

L’ONG Benevole At Home, qui se décrit comme le « Tinder de l’humanitaire » propose une application permettant à des centaines de bénévoles d’offrir des produits de première nécessité à des personnes dans des situations précaires, associations ou services sociaux. Vous aussi vous pouvez devenir un de ces anges gardiens en vous rendant sur www.benevoleathome.org ! En 3 mois, ce sont déjà plus de 600 bénévoles qui se sont inscrits dans une vingtaine de villes en France! Le mouvement prend de l’ampleur et des bénévoles se sont aussi inscrits en Suisse, Belgique, Allemagne ou encore Espagne. Découvrez cette action ici.

Par Laurie Martin


    English version here

    L’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture – Unesco – a toujours agi pour la jeunesse en général et pour l’éducation pour le développement durable en particulier, d’où son projet Green Citizens qui s’inscrit dans le prolongement de la COP21 et la perspective de l’autonomisation des jeunes. La force motrice derrière le projet est le développement durable; l’idée est de rappeler aux différentes parties prenantes l’importance du développement durable pour notre avenir et de mettre en avant les meilleures solutions aux problèmes qui y sont liés.

    Le projet consiste à collecter des histoires du monde entier par le biais d’une exposition itinérante qui partira de Paris avec un titre évocateur – UNESCO GREEN CITIZENS: Les éclaireurs du changement – pour rejoindre New York. 25 acteurs du changement y seront mis en évidence et raconteront leurs histoires. Le projet comprend également un concours qui sélectionnera deux vidéos de projets dont les porteurs pourront participer à la COP21.

    Horyou a pu parler à certains dirigeants du projet et notamment à Armelle Arrou qui nous a fourni des éclaircissements sur cette initiative aussi originale qu’importante.


    Le projet, organisé dans le cadre de la COP21 est le fruit d’une collaboration entre l’Unesco et la conférence tenue à Paris en décembre. Il vise à soutenir des projets éducatifs de développement durable qui prennent en compte les problématiques actuelles. «Ces types de projets sont partout, ils sont portés par des personnes qui sont inconnues, mais qui ont la force de les construire à partir de rien et, surtout, d’amener des jeunes à s’investir dans des actions de développement durable», dit Mme Arrou.

    Grâce à ce projet l’Unesco cherche à apporter une reconnaissance à ceux qui travaillent à développer l’éducation, à leur offrir un espace pour présenter leurs projets et être une source d’inspiration les uns pour les autres. Le projet initialement prévu pour deux ans, a gagné en ampleur tant et si bien que l’Unesco y voit un des meilleurs moyens de soutenir des projets innovants et durables.

    Les projets ont afflué des quatre coins de la planète. Ils sont classés par thème et catégorie de sorte que le plus grand nombre possible d’entre eux obtiennent la reconnaissance qu’ils méritent. «L’idée était d’identifier 8 projets axés sur des sujets variés. Par exemple, nous avons une catégorie qui englobe l’éducation traditionnelle qui comprend un projet pour la conservation de la connaissance des peuples autochones», explique Mme Arrou. Un autre thème portait sur l’eau et les océans, un autre encore sur le recyclage ou sur les déserts, pour ne citer que quelques-uns. A l’intérieur de chaque thème, les projets ont été identifiés dans deux catégories: Environnement et développement durable. «Dans un sens général et plus large, la qualité d’un projet réside dans sa capacité à proposer des solutions éducatives et de développement durable», explique-t-elle. Par sa présence à la COP21, le projet Unesco Green Citizens espérait contribuer aux solutions apportées sur le climat, notamment en ce qui concerne les océans, le développement durable, la gestion de l’eau, la biodiversité, et le changement climatique. Leur présence devait porter la voix des jeunes qui innovent pour un avenir meilleur de façon concrète.


    Mme Arrou a souligné la capitale implication de la jeunesse via ce projet: «Les jeunes sont à la fois les acteurs et les bénéficiaires de ce changement pour leur propre avenir», déclare-t-elle. Pour l’Unesco, l’éducation de la jeune génération est aussi naturelle que de respirer et l’accent est mis sur l’éducation pour le développement durable. «Il est logique pour nous de soutenir et d’accompagner les jeunes d’aujourd’hui. Ils sont une communauté importante pour nous et ils portent les mêmes valeurs d’éducation et de développement», souligne-t-elle. L’aspect concours du projet est le symbole de ce soutien. En sélectionnant deux gagnants parmi les projets vidéo et en leur permettant d’assister à la COP21, l’UNESCO leur donne une chance unique de faire entendre leur voix. L’idée est de rappeler aux jeunes qu’ils sont les principaux acteurs du changement et du développement.

    “Earth to Paris” est un autre projet que l’Unesco soutient. Il s’agit d’un rassemblement qui réunira 150 jeunes dans le domaine des médias sociaux et les blogs influents pour le changement. A cette occasion, les jeunes auront la chance de rencontrer de grandes personnalités qui vont inspirer et soutenir leurs initiatives. Ils vont ainsi se retrouver face à face avec de vrais leaders et comprendre le rôle important qu’ils jouent. «Les jeunes qui veulent agir ne sont pas toujours accompagnés par les pouvoirs publics. Ce projet doit pallier cette réalité. Il est essentiellement à but non lucratif et est soutenu par de nombreux enseignants. Notre objectif est de créer un écosystème qui les encourage et les soutient en leur donnant de la visibilité et le respect de leurs actions», explique Mme Arrou. Un autre aspect de ces types de projets est la participation des élèves des écoles de commerce qui ont également besoin d’être confrontés à des modèles économiques alternatifs. Un jour, ils pourront décider de créer des entreprises viables : «C’est une façon pour cette nouvelle génération de connaître un modèle de développement différent. Lors du Forum Economie Positive, ils rencontreront également 200 chefs d’entreprise rassemblés pour contester et être contestés et examiner de nouveaux modèles économiques », a-t-elle ajouté.


    Aujourd’hui, le projet UNESCO Green Citizens a grandi d’une manière inattendue. Lancé comme un simple projet de communication il est en passe de devenir un moyen de partage des connaissances: des plans, des projets et des programmes d’étude seront mis à disposition de tous ceux qui voudraient les utiliser. Le site Web offre des liens vers les programmes d’études et sera pris en charge par la jeune communauté afin de former au développement durable.

    Rêver pour l’Unesco c’est tout simplement croire que le changement est possible par l’éducation et que rien ne peut vraiment être construit sans elle, d’abord pour le développement durable, ensuite pour éradiquer la pauvreté et plus encore. “Tout vient de l’éducation», pour Mme Arrou. Comme un incubateur bas-budget, le projet vise à créer un espace pour l’inspiration: «UNESCO Green Citizens est un espace où les éclaireurs du changement peuvent partager leurs expériences et leurs contenus et s’inspirer les uns les autres. L’Unesco possède un large éventail de communautés d’experts: scientifiques, éducateurs, artistes … etc. Cet espace leur permet de s’inspirer mutuellement et de partager leurs rêves», conclut-elle.

    «Nos actions viennent du fait que nous sommes un incubateur», poursuit-elle, «nous réalisons et accompagnons des projets. Les 8 projets que nous avons sélectionnés obtiendront le soutien des différentes branches de l’Unesco. Nous sommes là pour guider, encourager et mettre en valeur ces éclaireurs du changement. Tel est notre objectif. Voilà comment nous agissons.»

    Regardez la vidéo de UNESCO Green Citizens ici

    Écrit par Amma Aburam


    By Dearbhla Gavin

    On January 9th the second meeting of the Pendulum Summit, a conference on self-empowerment, leadership and success, took place in the Convention Centre, Dublin. I went along on my first mission as part of the Horyou family with some hesitation, I will admit. It has long been the tradition that business is driven by pursuit of “success,” often measured by money and possessions accumulated.

    The ethos of Horyou and indeed my own philosophy for some time is that equality and opportunity among all, as well as health and happiness, are the ultimate success. It is this constant conflict of schools that prevents consensus and collective action, two essential components of any functioning society.

    Thankfully, as soon as I took my seat and saw the tagline “What is your dream?” beaming from a giant screen across the stage, something told me this wasn’t going to be your average business conference.

    It definitely was not. Over the course of the day, a host of speakers took to the stage. International thought leader Keith Ferazzi spoke on the importance of relationships and how, for good or bad, our whole lives are based on connecting with others.

    Best-selling author of 80 books and advocate of holistic health and spirituality Deepak Chopra opened us up to the centrality of awareness and consciousness in everyday living and how applying a few basic principles to our thoughts and interactions with others can very definitely change the course of our lives.

    His joking opening remarks, “In the next 60 minutes, we will try to solve all of the problems of existence,” were met with a round of applause. I felt his recognition of the complexities that exist was important, and indeed he reinforced the need for rational thinking throughout, possibly reaching out to the many bureaucrats in attendance who weren’t quite convinced of his wisdom just yet.

    His words brought the realization that we are in fact made up of connections and infinite possibilities. How these connections are leveraged and applied determines the outcome.

    The people and projects I have discovered so far with Horyou have shown me that there is an entire world that can benefit from the practice of a few core things – compassion, courage, solidarity and love.

    These among many others are what drive the engine of Horyou to reach out to every corner of the world and showcase the positivity being practiced every day.

    The Pendulum Summit showed me that the motivation for change within the Irish community is there; it will be my job to reach out to everybody ready to join the adventure.


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