#LearningGeneration - MTV Voices


Have you ever wondered what your ideal school of the future would look like?

That’s the question tackled by the hundreds of young people who entered the Education Commission’s global youth video competition this summer.

With support from us here at MTV Voices, and the Global Youth Ambassadors of A World At School, the challenge asked people aged 13 to 30 to submit a 30-second video addressing the future of education. Nearly 400 people entered the competition from over 60 countries all around the world, so choosing a winner was always going to be a tough job…

So a huge congratulations to 18-year-old Ruth Arunachalam and 19-year-old Tanzina Nowshin from Canada on their winning video! The filmmakers put together a collage of voices around the question, “What does your ideal school of the future look like?” and ended the piece with the powerful statement, “Regardless of race, gender or religion, everyone deserves to go to school.”

Watch their amazing video here:

Ruth and Tanzina’s film was screened at the Education Commission’s report launch in September in front of world leaders and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Second prize went to 23-year-old Preeti Shakya from Nepal and her moving film about child marriage and girls’ education, and 30-year-old Gustavo Santana from Brazil won third prize.

Gustavo’s video also won the People’s Choice Award along with 23-year-old Grace Sameve from Indonesia for her personal testimonial video.

Check out this montage of some of the incredible entries – this group of young people told us what education means to them, and it’s time we listened.

UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the Education Commission Gordon Brown said, “Young people are at the heart of the Commission’s work as the upcoming generations will have the most to lose if we fail to invest in education today.

The Youth Panel, worldwide youth consultations and the Education Youth Video Challenge brought together the creative energy and ideas of hundreds of young people as the Commission reimagined the future of education.”

Check out the Education Commission’s report on creating a #LearningGeneration here.

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