The idea of global citizenship has existed for several millennia. In ancient Greece, Diogenes declared himself a citizen of the world, while the Mahaupanishads of ancient India spoke of the world as one family. Today, education for global citizenship is recognized in many countries as a strategy for helping children and youth prosper in their personal and professional lives and contribute to building a better world.
Adolescent girls and young women in urban slum areas in developing countries face a myriad of challenges regarding education, sexual health, livelihoods and gender-based violence. One way of understanding how these challenges interact with each other is through the Asset Building Framework, which posits that girls need a combination of social, health and economic assets in order to make a healthy transition from childhood to adulthood. This study sought to examine barriers and facilitators to health behaviour change and economic activity for girls within the context of this framework.
The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment Project was presented under the Cross Track Session: Effective Models & Approaches to Creating Mentoring Programs in Different Contexts. In this session, participants explored the relationship between mentorship, gender and economic opportunity, and discussed various practices that have proven to be effective in diverse contexts and with various youth populations. Tomaisha Hendricks,Workforce Development and Private Sector Specialist at Education Development Center, presented on the goals and objectives of the SKYE Project.
Citizen Diplomacy Network, Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Jun 23, 2014 (03:00pm to 04:00pm)
Exchanging Understanding: How Citizen Exchange and Economic Opportunity Are Shaping the Future of Eastern Europe
The perspective of Ukraine's youth has been significantly shaped by citizen exchange programs, such as those made possible by Fulbright, Muskie, and the Soros Foundation, which have offered a glimpse of the brighter future of a democratic European state.
The shocking kidnap of more than 200 girls in northern Nigeria has focused global attention on the dangers faced by young women in Africa. Like millions around the world, I hope and pray for their safe return.
The aim of militants such as Boko Haram, whose very name means "Western education is a sin," is to sew hatred and enmity between Muslim and Christian communities, which have co-existed largely peacefully for generations. Education, in particular the education of women, is a threat to Boko Haram's goals. That is why the group carried out this appalling act.
On Thursday, May 29th, the U.S. Institute of Peace will host Abrar Hassan, creator of the 60 Second International Film Festival. The Festival is a global film competition for films that can convey a strong social message in 60 seconds. The competition started in Pakistan in 2012 and quickly attracted interest from other countries and went viral on social media globally. Today it is a unique way for young people in conflict societies to communicate their views on a single platform, through the powerful medium of short, 60-second films.