The young people of today present unique opportunities and will confront unique challenges. To equip young people to take hold of these opportunities and meet these challenges, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers have highlighted the positive impact that life-skills education and financial education can have on children and young people.International bodies have stated the need for education in such skills,and a growing number of countries have strengthened the teaching of both social skills and financial skills in their curricula.
Creative Associates International
When Laila was 15 years old, she had to leave school to help support her family by selling small goods on the streets of Marrakech. It was grueling work and she lived in fear of violence or assault.
World Economic Forum
These days, Abdel Hameed Sharara is a talented young entrepreneur whose determination is a source of motivation to everyone around him. But starting out with a misguided aspiration to attend law school, he was a perfect example of someone with untapped potential living in a region with diverse opportunities that cannot be accessed due to a lack of business education.
Maybe, Rakia Soumana sometimes thinks, life could have been a little different. It’s not so bad in Tessa, her village in rural Niger, where she lives with her three children, her husband, his first wife Halimatou Soumana, and Halimatou’s five children. The wives get along, each doing more than their share of household chores when the other one is pregnant or has just given birth, and Rakia, 30, wants at least two more children because it will put her family on equal footing with Halimatou’s. She likes her husband, but she’s dependent on him, and the weight of her daily workload is heavy.
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
In the context of global concerns about the economic exclusion of youth, efforts to facilitate youth access to decent jobs and financial services have become a development priority. This is particularly the case in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where continued growth of the youth population has exacerbated pressures on education systems and labor markets. This has contributed to poor labor market outcomes for young people, increasingly characterized by high unemployment, underemployment and informality.
UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN-Women and WFP
Today’s generation of adolescents and youth present a major force for social, economic and demographic change, contributing to a competitive labor force, sustained economic growth, improved governance and vibrant civil societies. Realizing their rights and investing in their development is an effective and efficient way to support countries in their efforts to address emerging challenges, achieve the demographic dividend, consolidate global development gains and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
International Labour Organization
PEMBA, Tanzania (ILO News) – Twenty-four-year-old tailor, Nuru Nassor, struggled to make ends meet. She was one of many underemployed young Tanzanians who wanted to work more hours.
Brookings Institute & Youth Advocacy Group (YAG)
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.
The Skills for a Changing World project presents evidence of a movement of education systems globally toward a more explicit focus on a broad range of skills that our 21st century society needs and demands. This movement can be seen in the vision and mission statements of education systems as well as through their curricula. Although clearly endorsed at the policy level, implementation is just beginning in some countries.