While education has for years been at the forefront of the global development and social agendas, its place on the diplomatic agenda has arguably been less prominent. As such, ’Education Diplomacy’ is an idea whose time has come.
Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)
Global Money Week (GMW) is an annual global celebration, initiated by Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI), with local and regional events and activities aimed at inspiring children and youth to learn about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur.
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.
World Economic Forum
The world’s education systems are failing our children by not preparing them for the workplace of the future. This is the key finding of a new report by the World Economic Forum, Realizing Human Potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
, which puts forward a series of practical measures for aligning education and training with future job requirements.
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.
Children of Syria
Bilal, along with hundreds of Syrian youth, volunteers with UNICEF’s education campaign promoting ‘Curriculum B’ – a new learning programme specifically designed for students who have missed out on education due to violence or displacement. This innovative fast-tracked learning programme combines each two educational levels in one year, cutting the required years of education in half and allowing children to catch up with their peers.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Scaling what works—taking effective solutions to social problems to a scale that truly transforms society—has become a powerful catchphrase in the nonprofit world, and for good reason: It is our best chance for far-reaching change in international development and the social impact sector more broadly. A lot has been written about the big questions surrounding scale: What does it mean to create transformative scale? How do we do it, and when? Which programs are worth scaling in the first place?
International Labour Organization
Overcoming the twin challenges of child labour and youth marginalisation is critical for realising the ILO Decent Work Agenda and for social and economic development more generally. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there were still some 144 million children aged 5-14 years at work worldwide in 2012, accounting for around 12 per cent of total children in this age group.
Workforce Connections, FHI 360
How character is formed has been a topic of interest for a long time, but if we are to guide children and youth towards success in adulthood we need to explore the question, are these traits teachable? In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough determines that qualities also called non-cognitive skills - such as persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence - are the key drivers behind why some children do better than others as adults.
Workforce Connections, FHI 360
The first Workforce Connections book review, by Kiera Derman of FHI 360, assesses the implications of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed for international youth workforce development. The Workforce Connections Reading Corner is a place to interact with, discuss, or contribute thought-provoking learning resources for the workforce development community. Content includes book reviews, key technical resources, and dialogues.