mohamed sidibay

Growing up in Sierra Leone during the civil war to settling in the suburbs of New Jersey, Mohamed has witnessed the best and worst of humanity. He now dedicates his life to ensuring educational access to all children regardless of where they were born.

At 24 years old, Mohamed has emerged as a leader in the human rights field. He currently helps run a program in his home country of Sierra Leone that is sending over 100 students to school. And in 2016, he became a Global Youth Leader for the 100 Million for 100 Million campaign, led by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. He is working to help galvanize 100 million children and people with access to resources to pledge to support another 100 million without access to quality education.

Mohamed’s fight for educational equality sent him to Colombia, where he taught children not just English, but empowerment and ownership of their stories. As a result of his advocacy, he was selected to serve as a Youth Panelist on the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. This Commission aims to increase funding for education in developing and underdeveloped countries.

In his capacity as a Global Youth Ambassador, he helped propel the effort to secure 10 million signatures as part of the Up for School Campaign, calling on world leaders during the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to deliver on their promises of quality education for all.

Mohamed’s lectures on the power of education have spanned five continents. A 2015 graduate of The George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, Mohamed speaks four languages and spends most of his time traveling and speaking on the importance of education and the danger of a mind kept in captivity.