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Examining Breadth of Learning Opportunities in 21st Century Education Systems

Brookings
What should children be able to learn at school? Are math, reading, and science enough for the 21st century? From the earliest learners to adolescents, students across age groups are missing out on critical learning opportunities. These opportunities are those that help us develop a range of skills, essential to tackle the challenges of our dynamic, rapidly growing world and transform us into our “better selves”—mindful, empathetic, critical-thinking, creative, and collaborative beings.
 

The Future of Work for Youth in Latin America

International Labour Organization
ILO (International Labour Organization) News talked to José Manuel Salazar, ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, about opportunities and challenges waiting for young people in the world of work in the region.
 
How do you see the future of work?
When we talk about the future of work , a determining factor is demography and this tells us that the young population (15 to 29 years) in Latin America and the Caribbean has declined since the late 1990s. This reduction has become more pronounced since 2010. 

Youths Spearheading New Models for Putting The SDGs into Practice

Citiscope
For hundreds of millions of children and young adults who wake each day to poverty, the future can look daunting. There are few avenues to escape life in slums, where dreams often are dampened by a reality of limited access to essentials — such as education and health care — that others take for granted.
 

Finding a Formula for Youth Economic Empowerment

Plan International
Plan International’s Banking on Change program shows how providing girls and young women with savings skills doesn't just produce financial rewards.
 
“We were just using the money anywhere,” says Cleopatra, a 20 year-old young woman from the Central Province of Zambia, describing the challenge she once faced managing her family’s finances.
 

BLOG: Where are they now? The importance of alumni tracking in workforce training

RTI International
In a riff off of the old PSA that asked parents, “Its 10:00 pm, do you know where your children are?” –– we might ask educators, “It’s been a year, do you know where your alumni are?”
 

PROJECT: Nicaragua Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth

Creative Associates International
Brief Background
 
Nicaraguan youth complete an average of six years of schooling. Along the Caribbean coast, youth average less than three years of schooling. This not only results in a youth population with low levels of productivity and high unemployment rates, but also constrains economic development.
 

Bringing Youth Together to Innovate Is Key to Development in Africa

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Central to the 28th African Union Summit that takes place in Ethiopia this week and to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 

M-Soma: Connecting Kenyan Youth to Computer Skills Training

The MasterCard Foundation

Today, some measure of computer and technology skills are critical to nearly every occupation. In order to prepare for the demands of the modern work force, young people need and expect the opportunity to acquire those skills during their schooling.

How I Became An Entrepreneur To Serve My City's Most Vulnerable Communities

Srirjeff Dennis, Grads of Life

I was born in a slum in the Ukonga administrative ward of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on February 7, 1994. My community lived in severe poverty, which meant that I often went to bed hungry and witnessed a young neighbor perish from malnutrition. While in primary school, I would sometimes leave class because I needed to go off to fish in nearby swamps or engage in petty trading to supplement the little food my family had. Most days we did not know where our next meal was coming from.

BLOG: New Qualifications Help Young Ghanaians Access Jobs in Construction

The MasterCard Foundation

Twenty-seven percent* of out-of-school youth in Ghana are unemployed. Yet the World Bank estimates that Ghana’s construction sector needs 60,000 more artisans and tradespeople – and that’s set to rise to 250,000 by 2020. So what’s stopping young people from making the most of job opportunities in construction?

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