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The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: Empowering Youth to Serve as Agents of Change

The World Bank

There was silence in the room. No one seemed to want to speak up. I asked again: “what are the most important challenges that you face every day?” Suba, a young woman in her early 20s living in Tripoli, one of the regions with the highest poverty levels and concentration of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, finally raised her hand and said: “We are unemployed and have no access to basic services. We are sympathetic to the Syrian refugee cause. However, they are taking our jobs.

The Power Skills in An Age of Disruption

Pyxera
“Almost 43 percent of the global youth labor force is either unemployed or working, yet living in poverty,” according to Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 by the International Labour Organization. In countries with mature economies, nearly one in five students don’t acquire a minimum level of basic skills needed to be gainfully employed.
 

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.
 

Early Childhood Engagement for Lifelong Learning

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

From conception to five years of age, early childhood is an extremely important period for cognitive and psychosocial development. Children’s high levels of brain plasticity and neurogenesis make them especially receptive to external stimuli. Young children’s minds are still learning how to learn, and simple play activities that stimulate the brain through all the senses can help improve their ability to think, communicate, and connect with others. Research from around the world suggests that guaranteeing such early childhood stimulation is critical.

The Skills that Matter in the Race Between Education and Technology

World Bank

The threat of automation implies a race between education and technology. In most developing countries, education systems are not providing workers with the skills necessary to compete in today’s job markets. The growing mismatch between the demand and supply of skills holds back economic growth and undermines opportunity. At the same time, the returns to schooling are high in most developing countries, and growing skill premiums are evident in much of the world.

ADVANCING ADOLESCENTS: Evidence on the Impact of Psychosocial Support for Syrian Refugee and Jordanian Adolescents

Mercy Corps

Jordan is hosting one of the largest populations of Syrians in the region – more than 650,000 people, of which 28% are between the ages of 11 and 25. This refugee population faces severe challenges. A staggering 93% of refugees living outside the camps are under the Jordanian poverty line. Most are living in host communities absent strong family and social networks. Syrians also face tensions with Jordanians in host communities that are competing for scarce resources ranging from access to water, jobs and education.

WEBINAR: Engaging Youth in Research

ORGANIZER: 
YouthPower Learning & American Evaluation Association (AEA)
DATE: 
Mar 15, 2017 (11:00am to 12:00pm)

FORUM: Global Youth Forum 2016, June 13-15, 2016

ORGANIZER: 
The World Bank Group (WBG) and Global Partnership for Youth in Development
DATE: 
Jun 13, 2016 (All day) to Jun 15, 2016 (All day)

The Global Youth Forum 2016 will gather more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to exchange new and innovative ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. The forum is designed around open discussions, based on evidence and experience, of the most effective ways to address both opportunities and  challenges facing young people and to engage young people in development.

INTERNSHIP: Voices Of Youth Blogging Internship, May 2016

Voices Of Youth

The 3-month internship, starting in June 2016, offers you (young people aged 14-24) an opportunity to develop your writing, research and critical thinking skills and allows you to connect with other engaged young people around the world in global dialogue. During the internship, you are supervised by a VOY Community Manager, who will provide tips and tricks on how to write good blog posts. The internship is done by remote participation, which means that interns are not required to travel anywhere.

Video Vignettes Illustrate ‘Soft Skills’ all Young Workers Need, Says U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

Youth services programs, educators and others helping young job seekers prepare for employment are encouraged to view, display, share and lead discussions about the videos, which aim to help all youth, including those with disabilities, develop and strengthen six essential skills needed to succeed in today's workforce: communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.