Currently, the voice of children and young learners, main beneficiaries of the future
educational systems, is underrepresented in the process of design. During one of the first
meetings of Global Education Futures in Menlo Park, California in April 2015, Valerie Hannon
Marc Prensky suggested that a methodology needs to be created, which brings voice of youth
the system. In late 2015, during the design of the national roadmap of childhood, Ekaterina
Luksha has designed such a methodology that involves young learners as participants of the
design of future learning in schools, families, and cities. This methodology has been since
applied for the design of policies on regional and national level, and the redesign of
orphanages, summer camps, and other educational formats. The projects using this methodology
have been conducted in Russia, Latvia, California (US), and Argentina.
The methodology of Voice of Youth offers to transform the relationship between teachers and
students, between children and adults, into the one that is more sincere, more equal, more
and more empowering. Sessions where learners open up and present their authentic thoughts
feelings about their desired future are followed by sessions where they are endorsed and
empowered, to make this future real. That way, children and adults become cocreators of new
of learning and living. The most important transition that may happen is the transformation
teacher mindset, from autocratic and patriarchal, to a more democratic and more holistic way
acting and interacting.
We are currently launching an international platform that will share voices of young learners
the planet and will allow to spread this approach internationally. We are welcoming partners
want to cooperate with us in applying and developing the Voice of Youth methods further.