Mohamed Sidibay - Featured Speaker and our Global Ambassador

At the age of three, Mohamed Sidibay was forced to become a child soldier after witnessing the murder of his entire family in the Sierra Leone civil war. Released at 10 years old, he was homeless and could neither read nor write. He grabbed every opportunity to become educated: first at a computer-training center in his home country, then at a high school in the U.S.A.

In 2015 he graduated from George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs. Currently he serves as a Youth Commissioner on the Education Commission on Financing Global Education alongside Nobel Laureates and world leaders.

In February he was made IYMS Global Ambassador for Children’s Rights and Education. 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.