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Hi everyone.

I'm Savannah Sellers, your host for today

and welcome to the world's largest Lesson Live.

A show focusing on the world of tomorrow.

We all know that the world's is facing enormous challenges right now.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown so many lives up in the air

and many have had to figure out how to manage that

all while experiencing overwhelming inequality and injustice.

That's why we're asking you to help reimagine our societies

so they can be more fair, just and inclusive for everyone,

no matter who they are or where they live.

We need that more than ever right now, right?

We're going to hear from

Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN;

Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF;

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Millie Brown

and UNICEF supporter Sophia Carson.

Everyone will help to reimagine the future.

Before that though, let's just be honest about the last few months.

We know there have been moments that might have made us anxious,

some moments of boredom

but also some moments of creativity and connectedness.

Take a look.






As we saw in some of those clips,

many of you have been learning differently over the past few months

COVID-19 has meant we've had to make huge changes.

Over two-thirds of students around the world

that's more than a billion of you, have been out of school.

It's been a challenge but also a chance to think about education

what is education for and how can we reimagine it

so that every child can reach their full potential.

Making sure everyone gets a quality education

is one of the sustainable development goals.

These are also known as the Global Goals or the SDGs for short.

There are 17 of them agreed on by world leaders back in 2015.

They're like a to-do list for the planet and this is where you come in.

We need your ideas and solutions to help achieve them.

This is why I asked Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

and Sophia Carson, a UNICEF supporter and champion for education

to join me in a conversation about

how we can achieve SDG for quality education for all.

Hello Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and hello Sophia Carson.

Thank you guys both for joining us today on the the world's largest Lesson Live.

I'm so excited to be able to speak with you both

about education and it's importance

and how we're all sort of having to cope in different ways

even with how we're learning during this unique time.

That's something that we're all dealing with

is missing people and being around people.

Now, Sophia if i can ask you to think back to your time as a teenager

what do you think would have been on your mind right now?

I think about when I was a teenager when school was my whole world.

It was my favorite place to be.

I can imagine I would feel confused, worried and frustrated, mainly scared

and I know that a lot of kids and teenagers are feeling exactly those things

and I can imagine those feelings being so heightened

especially if you're a student who lives in a family or in a home

that is perhaps unstable; economically unstable, emotionally unstable

where the student is unsure of if they'll be able to continue their school

because they don't have a laptop

or worried about where their next meal will come from.

I want to dig in and hear your personal experiences from travelling the world,

and the different experiences that you have had.

Why is it that an education is so important?

If we could dig in on that why.

How does it make a difference in a child's life?

If you don't mind if i could start with your DSG.

Well, when you start to reflect about where you are today

and what did education do to help you get to where you are,

I think it's a number of things.

First the ability to communicate.

I mean it's so simple,

but when I go back to the schools that I went to so many years ago,

today the numbers coming out of those classrooms

that cannot read or write in English or in the local language...

...they are huge.

So they're not able to communicate

and I think we take for granted how important communicating is

but communicating and engaging with issues that you learn about

in your society, in your community that teach you respect and tolerance

and that there is strength and diversity and that everyone is equal.

I think those are things that we took for granted

but were very big part of our education.

The investment in education, it allows you to go to the stars and back,

to imagine your future, to hope and to be inspired by others like ourselves.

I think all of us had inspirations as we grew up.

But to be like them you needed an education

and education is freedom.

It allows you to go places that you could not otherwise go

I love what you just said.

It can allow you to go to the stars and back.

Sophia what do you think?

From your experiences in travelling and seeing

different children of different cultures

and what it is that you think an education means in those young lives?

Education is not only something that changes lives

but as I've seen with my work with UNICEF

something that saves lives as well.

I've seen that schools have become more than just four walls that hold books.

They are a refuge, they are home, they are shelter.

They are the place where lives are saved.

I'll never forget when I travelled to Brazil with UNICEF last Summer

and I had the privilege of holding in my arms young women

who opened their hearts to us and shared with us their stories.

Their stories about how quite literally

before they walk through the halls of their school,

their lives are at risk.

We're going to have one other person join us.

It's my great pleasure to invite

Adrian Hrabos from Prague to join the call.

I believe he has an important question for you both.

Hi everyone.

I'm really excited to be here. It's a great honour to be here.

So my question. Well, it can sometimes feel in school

that education is just about passing a test or receiving a good grade.

So what aspects to education do you think are really important?

For me as a performer and a singer and an actor,

maybe in school you can find passions and creative outlets

that otherwise you wouldn't have discovered

and you could light fires and you take an art class

and you find an outlet through art.

When I took music class, that was my escape.

Thank you for asking such a wise and thoughtful question.

Thank you for answering.

-My pleasure. -Thank you.

Thank you Adrian.

I think it's really important to remember

the courage of your convictions.

You learn in school what matters to you.

You know you have to take that courage with you

because the courage of the convictions give you your integrity,

they give you a sense of dignity that you can move with...

You really never know where you will be in life.

I never had any imagination that my career track would take me

to the number two person in the United Nations.

Absolutely and I love specifically the way that Adrian you ask that question.

Because I do think that day to day a lot of times it can feel like

it's just taking this test or getting this grade

and I'm grateful to both of these women

for expanding that out and helping us look at it.

Actually Adrian, if you could stick around

I want to hear from you also in my final question.

If I could hear from all three of you...

Right now, we know that school feels different.

We know that education feels different.

There are certainly things that we're missing about

being in our classrooms, with our friends and seeing our teachers every day.

But are there any elements that have come from

doing school differently right now because of this crisis that we can take forward

and that help us reimagine the future of education at all?

I'm in this school of lifelong learning

and so I will say that one of the things that has happened to me is that

this pause button that COVID has caused for all of us

is one of deep reflection and I see opportunity to build back better

and to reimagine education where this is the opportunity

for that intergenerational shift from my generation to the next generation

that gets a chance to shape that education.

This is a time for rebirthing.

It's a time for thinking about our humanity, about our tolerance.

We hear all the dark side of the world today

but it's so much brighter because of this huge cohort of youth,

the tools that we have and the opportunity for leadership.

Where there's a vacuum, young people fill it.

Don't dwell on where there's no leadership,

just fill it with good leadership and education will get you a long way

in making sure we get the right leadership.

Absolutely and I hope that even that right there gets our audience

some hope to hear that they can absolutely be part of the solution.

Sophia what about you?

Anything that you'd like to see continue moving forward?

Despite the unprecedented circumstances that we have been in,

we've also seen both students and teachers go above and beyond

to ensure that education continues

and I hope that there's so much from what we've experienced

that we carry with us than we take with us after today.

Absolutely and Adrian as someone who's going through this right now

is there anything that you can sort of see

to take with you from this time to help

reimagine what this can look like going forward?

I feel that there are some key elements in online learning,

but as the DSG and Sophia said,

actually going to school and the social interactions you have there

is definitely irreplaceable.

But as they said school isn't only about getting good grades,

it's about learning how to work with people,

learning how to be organized and how to be kind to others.

When I reimagine the future of education,

I'd like to see everyone having equal access to online learning and technology.

Absolutely and I think that this particular crisis has highlighted

some of that, some of the differences that exist.

I think it's helped a little bit with getting more people set up

but it's something that we know we have to focus on going forward

and this certainly made that of even more importance so we've all been able to see.

You guys what a great conversation. Thank you so much.

Thanks for fielding all the questions.

Adrian thank you for joining us and for your great question.

DSG and Sophia, I'm so grateful for your time.

Thank you so much.

COVID-19 has meant many of us are paying more attention

to our physical health, maybe than ever before.

But what about our mental health?

We know that change and uncertainty can cause anxiety and feelings of stress.

This is why I am so grateful

that Dr Maria Van Kerkhove from the World Health Organization

was able to join me in a conversation to discuss

how we can look after ourselves and each other.

I am so grateful for your time right now.

I feel lucky to be able to speak with someone

who really knows what's going on right now.

Information feels like power,

and thank you for joining all of us for the world's largest Lesson Live.

Again, we so appreciate your time.

I want to start by asking you a question

that a lot of us are thinking right now.

That is: What can we do to support young people's mental health during this time

and how do you think that they can cope with the uncertainty

that we're all really dealing with for who knows how long?

Well, first of all thank you so much for having me.

It's a real pleasure to be here and I really appreciate the invitation.

You point out mental health.

It is so critical that we focus not only on our physical health

but our mental health as well.

These are uncertain times and it is so important that we are well informed.

Information is power and information is changing.

So keep up to date on the latest information, that's really important,

and find that information from good sources.

Unfortunately there's a lot of misinformation out there

and that can be confusing and sometimes scary.

So get your information from good sources.

Talk to your parents, talk to a trusted adult and talk regularly.

The other thing is: Be okay with your feelings.

It's okay to be nervous. It's okay to be scared.

It's okay to just to have some sad days but talk through that.

It's important to feel it, to own it but find ways to be positive.

There are many things. Even though this pandemic is uncertain,

this pandemic is not stopping our ability to laugh,

it's not stopping our ability to love and play games and read a book,

to do the things that make us happy.

So every day find something that will make you happy.

I love that and it's even helping me to hear you say

"It's okay to be sad. It's okay to have those days and recognize those feelings."

Knowing that a lot of us are feeling that way and you are alone in that,

I think it's really important.

We're all feeling that.

No matter what age, no matter where we are, we're all feeling that.

Exactly. Thank you for that reminder.

It is now my immense pleasure to bring in someone absolutely fantastic

all the way from India, we now have Shashank joining us.

I think he's got a great question for you.

So my question is:

What have been the young people doing to stop this pandemic?

Is there anything else for them to do to stop this pandemic?

Thank you so much for this really critical question.

Children are fundamental to tackling this pandemic.

They are sources of information with each other.

They are protecting themselves from getting infected by washing their hands

or using an alcohol-based rub, practicing respiratory etiquette.

Those things are very critical,

and making sure that not only you protecting yourself from getting infected,

you're actually helping to prevent the onward spread to an adult

and to someone who is even more vulnerable who may develop severe disease.

The other thing that children are doing which I am so inspired by every day is

you are being kind to one another.

I have seen tremendous acts of kindness from children

from drawing pictures, from helping out their parents,

for helping a loved one or a neighbour that needs some extra help.

You are showing us the way.

You are showing us the best of humanity and we are so grateful that

so many wonderful children all over the world

are playing a critical role in fighting this pandemic.

What a fantastic answer and thing to focus on,

that we all have a role to play, we can all do something.

Now, my final question is actually to both of you so please stick with us.

Doctor, I'll start with you.

How do you think you would reimagine the future of health?

How can we move forward from this moment?

That's a wonderful question.

Many people now are talking about how do we build back better,

how do we come out of this in a better place than we were before

and it's not only "build back better", it's "build back greener".

How do we protect our planet and use this opportunity to protect our planet?

The ways in which we're thinking about building back better

has to do with our public health infrastructure.

What does public health look like every day?

What does access to health care look like every day?

And that must be improved.

We must put in the investments into building back health as a priority.

Health is not something you need to think of as a financial burden, it's an investment.

The more money that we put into health, building new systems from the ground up,

making sure that people have access to quality health care

will help prevent any future outbreaks that come our way

and we'll have benefits for all other types of diseases.

Amazing. Thank you so much for that information.

Now, Shashank I'd love to hear what you think.

Future health would be totally focused towards the patients.

Future health care centres would be probably focusing on

the prevention of the diseases rather than the treatment

because prevention is always better than cure.

Future health care system will be organized and regulated in a unique way

through your mobile apps like self-assessing yourself.

Even there will be various digital solutions, prevention of various diseases.

Totally the future health would be perfectly dependent upon the digital system

like artificial intelligence, robotics and Internet.

Thank you.

Doctor, I think you need Shashank at the World Health Organization.

I was just going to say,

Shashank if you are looking for a job or an internship in the future,

you better reach out to me.

Because that was a fantastic, very thoughtful answer. Well done.

So many great ideas that we really are hearing,

our top organizations like the World Health Organization

thinking about, talking through and your head is so in the right space.

Thank you both for those answers.

Thank you for this conversation you guys.

I think it's just to get as we said at the beginning

real information, knowledge from a source

straight from the World Health Organization

is really helpful to sort of make us all feel a little bit better

about the direction we're moving in.

So thank you guys both so much for joining me today.

-Thank you so ma'am. -Thank you so much.

Thank you so much Dr Maria and Shashank.

A great reminder

that we all have to take care of ourselves and each other.

So we've been talking about the future for education and health

and what that might look like.

Now, it's time to talk about

how we can achieve those global goals.

I've asked UNICEF's Executive Director Henrietta Fore

and youngest Goodwill Ambassador Millie Bobby Brown

to join me in a conversation about activism and how they would reimagine

the future for young people everywhere.

Hello Millie and hello ED Fore.

Thank you so much for having this conversation with me today

about activism and the future...

Now, Millie a question for you.

I love talking about the role that young people can take

like many of the people who are watching right now,

when we are dealing with these big global issues.

And Milly I know you working with UNICEF

to support children everywhere

have lots of experience with this.

What type of role do you think that young people can play right now?

Young people have been positive agents of change

in the fight against COVID in so many ways

leading their communities to support and protect vulnerable people,

using school technologies to produce protective equipment

and making sure their friends and family have accurate information on the virus.

It all shows what difference we can make.

The problem has never been that young people's voices weren't loud enough.

I think I like that.

It's that they need to be listened to and taken seriously when decisions are made

that affects them and their futures.

So one thing that needs to be considered is

how young people who don't have access to the Internet

can take part in these conversations.

And as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

I am a champion for children's rights and that means every child.

Leaders need to look at ways to make sure children and young people everywhere are heard,

including the most vulnerable,

So some of the most incredible solutions I think will come from them.

That is such an important point.

I think with this generation in particular,

it's about talking with them and to them and not about them,

not just things that are going to potentially affect their future

without involving them in that discussion.

That's such a great point. Thank you Millie.

Now ED Fore, what can we all do to help create that world

where they are involved in these conversations?

And then is there a role that the global goals can sort of play

as markers for us with this activism in the future?

Yes. Let me pick up on something that Millie just said

which is finding solutions.

That's a real hallmark for what this century's activism is going to be like.

It's going to be creating and designing solutions.

So it's just underline, great point Millie.

I'm so glad you made it.

Your voice makes a huge difference.

So the global goals are a blueprint for action.

They're powerful. They carry power within them.

But we want everyone's hand prints all over them.

You'll find somewhere in those global goals,

something that really connects for you.

These goals are for everyone.

They're about everyone.

They're to include everyone.

I'm loving the girl power on this panel right now,

and that's enough questions from me

and we will keep the girl power going here

because we're going to bring in someone else right now.

This is Yael Crupnicoff.

She is a 17 year old from Argentina

and she's got a very important question for you.

I know she's gonna knock it out of the park.

She's coming on in now.

Hi, I'm very happy to be here with you all.

My question is when it comes to activism

there can sometimes be a lot of conflict

between people from different generations

because each may feel like the other doesn't understand.

Adults sometimes think that young people don't care

or don't know enough about current affairs,

and meanwhile teenagers often feel

misunderstood or ignored by the adults around them.

So how can young people lead collective action in their own ways

so that they are heard and so that their voices have a true impact?

That is a great question. ED, do you want to take it first?

I'd love to. OK, I love that question.

Being one of the older people, I want you to know

that there's much more interest among older people

to connect with younger people and to do something with you.

So my suggestion would be:

Choose one of the goals, one that really connects with you.

So let's say it's oceans.

Choose something about it that you say to yourself:

"I want to find a solution for this."

And then begin studying.

Know everything there is to know about it. Listen to what other people are saying.

Develop that wonderful term "empathy"

so that you can hear what's on another person's mind

and what their heart feels.

But find out what they're thinking about it

because there could be many ways to come up with solutions,

and then come up with some solutions to do together.

And ask an older person to do something with you.

You know they were young too. They'll get it and want to say yes to you.

And Millie, what do you think?

I just want to add that again we've seen a lot of solidarity

between generations recently.

I think young people have shown

that they understand that the crisis can affect older people

and maybe even some of their relatives

so they have to adapt their behaviour to help protect the most vulnerable

and hopefully this sort of solidarity is something...

that we can take forward into the future.

I know that I love working with my grandmother on things

even though now she doesn't sometimes know

the exact current affairs that are going on.

I know that I love working with her in finding solutions and making a difference.

And Yael, again, great question. Thank you for bringing that to the conversation,

and now I've got a final question for all three of you that we'd love to hear from.

How would you reimagine what the world could look like tomorrow?

I know that's big and open-ended.

What are similar things that you really hope for?

ED Fore, I'll start with you.

I'd love to see a world that didn't see age as being a barrier in any way.

That would be one.

The second one is

I would love to see a world that comes out of COVID stronger

than when it entered it.

We can build a world back better,

and we can build a world that has Yaels, social cohesion,

what we were talking among generations

that has Millie's activism, that is finding solutions

So if we want that, then let's encourage governments

to invest in things like connectivity

so that this next generation will have the chance

to create all of those better solutions among themselves.

I like the sound of your world of tomorrow ED Fore.

Let's do that.

Millie what about you? What do you think?

In my role at UNICEF, I talk a lot about kindness.

This is something that is very important to me personally

We've seen overwhelming amount of kindness over the last few months.

So it would be incredible if we kept this going.

We need to support each other especially on social media.

We have to make sure that it isn't a place of bullying and harassment.

It can actually bring people together

and be a place of love and support and inspire social change.

I love that too.

We're building a better tomorrow right now.

Now to end our conversation, Yael we'd also love to hear from you

on what you'd reimagine the world to look like tomorrow.

Thank you.

I think what Millie has been saying about social media is really key.

It's really one of the best tools that we have

to make our voices heard and spread important messages.

So I'd love to see a world where more young people use it

to get involved with a cause they believe in

and propose new policies or ideas.

I'd love to reimagine a world where politics and activism are open to young people,

where they are allowed to take part in the discussions that matter

and where their voices are heard.

More diversity at the decision-making table

will mean that the decisions we arrive at will also become more diverse

so new perspectives and new solutions will appear

as well as role models that show other teenagers

that we can make a difference.

That makes me really hopeful for the future.

I like Yael and you were talking and each of our little boxes

we were nodding like this: "Yes!"

Yeah, she is amazing. I love listening to you Yael.

Winnie loved your speech.

She said "Good job Yael. You did a great job in Argentina."

Thank you all so much.

Winnie welcome and thank you for joining at the end here.

And ED Fore, Millie and Yael, thank you guys so much

for a wonderful conversation and for the work that you're doing

and the empathy that you exhibit just all the time.

It's clear in the words that you guys have all chosen and spoken today.

So thank you so much. Stay safe and healthy.

Thank you so much. Bye.

Thanks Savannah. Bye Millie, bye Yael.


Wasn't that an incredible conversation?

What they're saying is working together can be so powerful

and it's what we're doing right now in helping to stop COVID-19.

That's why I'm really glad to introduce message from Dr Tedros.

Hi everyone.

I'm Tedros.

and I'm the director general of the World Health Organization

and I want to say thank you to young people all over the world

for everything you have been doing over the past few months

to reduce the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

I know many of you have had to make big changes to your lives.

It has been a difficult time for all of us and sometimes a scary one.

But I want you to know this:

the changes you have made have helped to keep other people safe.

COVID-19 has kept us physically apart

but it has also brought people closer together to support each other

in our common fight against a common enemy.

At the World Health Organization,

we're doing everything we can to support countries to overcome this pandemic.

We only succeed when we all work together.

Everything you do to keep yourself safe from COVID-19 helps all of us.

We're all in this together.

Just as we have united to fight this pandemic,

it's only through helping each other and working together

that we can achieve the sustainable development goals for a healthier, safer future.

Thank you.

Thank you Dr Tedros.

It's great to know we've all made such a difference.

We've heard from so many people today.

Everybody's voice is so important when we look to reimagine the world.

So now, it's my great pleasure to introduce some incredible voices

from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus to finish the show.

Like you, they've been physically distancing

bu it hasn't stopped them from coming together

to sing with one voice.

Use your voice to stand up for what you believe in

and you will never be alone.

What an amazing performance. Thank you for watching.

I'm Savannah Sellers

and this has been the world's largest Lesson Live

created in partnership with UNICEF.

We hope that you have enjoyed the show

and that when you go away you remember that

wherever and whoever you are you are not alone.

when we work together we all have the power to create

the world we want to see,

one in which everyone has their rights

and are treated equally with respect and with dignity.

Be safe, be well and thank you.

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