Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The Youth Education Ambassadors (YEA-Program) was established in October 2013 by a group of motivated individuals of various interests and fields of study. All team members are volunteers and invest their spare time to work on this innovative project for students, because they share a great vision: To create a world in which young people are aware of the correlation between their lives and those of other youngsters around the globe and work together to create mutual support through cultural and intellectual exchange as well as quality education (both formal and non-formal).

Implementation methodologies

Part 1: By means of intensive two to four hour labs (workshops) and various excursions, the participants acquire fundamental knowledge about current global and educationally relevant topics in the fields Environment, Human Rights and Poverty. In addition to this, they receive an extensive personality training, for example in project management and rhetoric skills.Part 2: The students have the possibility of implementing their new skills in a partner organization in Austria, abroad or in their own projects.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

United for Education and Sustainable Futures (UESF) is an independent nonprofit NGO based in Vienna, Austria, which mobilizes resources to implement educational and developmental projects around the world. UESF was founded in September 2011 and has been working on several projects since then, although the majority of the team are working on the Youth Education Ambassadors – YEA Program. UESF believes that empowering people by providing them access to adequate education will eventually ensure equal opportunities for everyone regardless of gender, origin and status and thus contribute to more sustainable societies. As a non-profit association, UESF relies solely on volunteer work, donations and sponsorship from the public and private sector. UESF is open to cooperating with other local, municipal, national, regional or international organizations and UN institutions to ensure its activities bear fruitful results.

Partner(s)

United for Education and Sustainable Futures (UESF)
Deliverables
June 2016
Students (aged 14-18) will gain experience in local and international partner organizations
March 2016
Students (aged 14-18) will gain knowledge on topics such as poverty, sustainable development, human rights, and environment
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 4
4.1 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.6 - By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
4.a - Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
4.b - By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
4.c - By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States
Goal 10
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
Each UESF team member is working as a volunteer
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 May
SMART
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
SDGs
Information
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date of completion: September 2016
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Jelena Caculovic, jelena.caculovic@yea-program.org

Documents
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