Syracuse native tapped for education advocacy training in Washington, D.C. by the Global Campaign for Education
(Peru, Neb.) Megan Brown, a senior special education major from Syracuse, was selected as one of only 20 students by the Global Campaign for Education – U.S. Chapter (GCE-US) to participate in the organization’s 2013 Fall Youth Advocacy Training in Washington, D.C.
Brown spent four days learning about education as a right around the world and how she can mobilize her community to help the nearly 132 million youth worldwide that are unable to access their right to a quality education due to barriers such as poverty, child marriage, lack of a trained teacher or gender-based violence.
Brown said, “I applied to the Youth Advocacy Training to be a proponent for change, develop my advocacy skills, and learn how to better engage my community in efforts to promote global equal access to education. Education is the great equalizer of nations’ socio-economic classes and consequential inequalities. Through education, individuals master academic knowledge and develop necessary 21st century skills that prepare them for college and profitable future careers. I believe that especially for developing countries, education is the key for progression toward prosperity and economic development.”
GCE-US Director Dr. Edwin Gragert said, “As an organization that firmly believes in the right to education and the right to advocacy, it’s natural to produce a space where students in the U.S. can be advocates for those around the world, like Malala Yousafzai, the teen education advocate shot in Pakistan, who are seeking a quality education. Youth in the U.S. have the unique opportunity to access and discuss issues of importance with the media, communities and elected officials. The 20 advocates will leave Washington, D.C., with the skills they need to make a difference.”
Students heard from GCE-US coalition organizations about the work they are doing around the world and how the students can share this work as well as their personal experiences with the media and elected officials to ensure that all youth have access to a quality education. In addition, communication specialists, as well as representatives of government agencies and non-profit organizations, shared methods of sharing information and perspectives.
Brown has participated in and led numerous local, state, and national outreach projects that focused on education or community enrichment. She was honored by the National Education Association (NEA) with its Jeffrey “J.D.” Miller Outstanding Underclassman Award in 2011. She was selected for the honor from more than 60,000 members involved in 1,100 college and university chapters. The award recognized her dedication and leadership skills as the Peru Student Education Association (PSEA) president.
The NEA again honored Brown in 2012 with its Outstanding Local Leader Award and the Nebraska State Education Association honored her with its Capitol District Leader Award the same year.
The Global Campaign for Education, U.S. Chapter (GCE-US) is a broad-based coalition of U.S. organizations including non-profit organizations, teachers’ unions, foundations, faith-based groups and think tanks dedicated to ensuring universal quality education.