Nancy Kisangau is a fourth year student at Kenyatta University pursuing a Bachelor degree in Law. Prior to this, she worked in the Kenya National Human Rights Commission as an attaché in the Reforms and accountability department. She has also worked in the government sector as an intern in the National Housing Corporation, a state parastatal committed to effectuating housing rights for Kenyan citizens.
After graduating with a BA in Economics and English, Amanda worked for the Chilean Ministry of Education as an English teacher in Chile. While there, she volunteered for an urban development NGO that was carrying out 24 community projects and helped draft Frutillar, Chile’s successful application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. During her career, she has worked with international youth on educational programs sponsored by the British Council and the U.S. Department of State. She is a former White House intern and an incoming Fulbright Scholar.
Felix is currently a National Youth Service Corp member serving his country, Nigeria at Ministry of Works, Uyo, Akwa Ibom. He graduated from Swansea University, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. Felix developed a strong devotion to Youth Empowerment and giving back to his Community during his time at Swansea University from various leadership roles e.g. Sports Officer and Trustee of Swansea University Students’ Union, Treasurer of 2 societies etc. These experiences gave him an appreciation of how initiatives can significantly impact people’s lives.
Harun Momanyi is a youth empowerment expert, a socioeconomic development journalist and an entrepreneur. He is passionate about the SDGs. Originally from Kenya, Harun currently works as the Head of Kenya with Reform Africa Group, a Pan-African organization focusing on creating solutions to help youth realize meaningful employment and tackle life challenges better. In 2014, he was finalist in the Haller Prize for Development Journalism, became and ambassador for the NUHA Foundation Global Blogging Prize in 2015, a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 nominee in 2018 and was shortlisted for the BBC World News Service Komla Dumor Award in 2018.
Victor is an Engineer and a problem solver. He is passionate about education and poverty eradication. Victor currently works as Cofounder and facilitator of Tech the girl Child Africa (TGC) an outreach program that seeks to engage over 10,000 girl child, especially in Africa with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
Victor is also serving as Director of sales and marketing at Mingcart, a company he cofounded in 2016 to unify Africa through culture and traditions.
Victor has received a number of prestigious National Merit Scholarship awards for his dedication to education. He hopes see everyone educated someday.
Ezinne is a youth passionate about issues pertaining to inclusive growth, sustainable development, climate change and the enormous transformations taking place in especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. She seeks to earn a doctorate degree in Development Economics and her career goal is to be a development economist in an international development organization.
"UNESCO prioritizes Target 4.7 as a reminder that education is not only a Goal in itself; it is also a means to achieve all the other SDGs – an enabler of change. It is my honour to be a patron of Mission 4.7 and launch this initiative, which will support and enrich UNESCO’s work on this vital target, through education for sustainable development and global citizenship."
- Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
Mission 4.7 was founded by Global Schools and the SDG Academy, both flagship programs of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, in partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, UNESCO, and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Mission 4.7 was launched by patrons Ban Ki-moon, the 8th UN Secretary-General, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on December 16th at 8am EST on the first day of the seventh annual Vatican Youth Symposium. The symposium will be hosted virtually by SDSN Youth and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences under the theme, “New Encounters on Humanity's Path Forward: Youth, Education, Nature, and Culture”.
What is Mission 4.7?
Mission 4.7 brings together leaders from government, academia, civil society, and business to accelerate the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development around the world and highlight the critical importance of education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mission 4.7 recognizes that in order to achieve the SDGs, it is crucial for people to acquire this knowledge, values, and skills, enabling communities to better respond to the external challenges while promoting more equitable, inclusive, and resilient societies
What is SDG Target 4.7?
SDG Target 4.7 calls on all governments to ensure all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, through Education for Sustainable Development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity.
Mission 4.7 will build on and draw upon UNESCO’s global leadership in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education, as mandated by its member states and the UN General Assembly, as well as on its responsibility for the monitoring of Target 4.7. The initiative will ensure alignment with UNESCO’s global frameworks and conceptualizations, and complement existing programs already underway in this context.
How will Mission 4.7 work with Global Schools?
Global Schools is a proud co-founder and partner of Mission 4.7. Through this initiative, Global Schools will work with our partners to accelerate global efforts to reform education and better prepare students for the 21st century. Given the importance of SDG Target 4.7 to children and young people, Mission 4.7 and the Education Technical Working Group will act a a high-level advisory board for the work of Global Schools.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ban Ki-moon, the 8th UN Secretary-General, will serve as co-patrons of Mission 4.7. The initiative will be co-chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, Chairman of the Sunway Group; Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education; and Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, representing Pope Francis.