WISE Learners' Voice


Mr. Beyan Flomo Pewee

Position: Founder and Executive Director, YOCEL and AYEESummit
Country: Liberia
Beyan Flomo Pewee, a Liberian advocate for global education, was born in the slums of Konyamah, Guinea, during a period of civil war in his country. His parents separated before his birth, and his mother fought on her own for her life and her unborn child. Courage became his inspiration as an agent of change in his community. In 2013, Beyan formed his own youth-led education NGO, called YOCEL, dedicated to empowerment through universal education. In 2014, Beyan was awarded the UN Global Education Youth Courage Award for his courage in education leadership. He is a Young African Leaders Initiative Ambassador for West Africa, and a representative on the Education Sector Development Committee. He is a member of the Global Learning Metrics Task Force 2.0 Working Group on Policy, Advocacy and Communication, convened by the UN Youth Advocacy Group, the Center for Universal Education, and UNESCO. In 2016, Beyan launched the Annual Youth Education & Empowerment Summit to support youth engagement and participation in education. Beyan works to inspire thousands of youth in his country and around the world.