More often than not, policies that directly impact the lives of youth are implemented but no young person was heard during the policy-making process. The latest United Nations Report of Ageism finds that young people continue to report age-related obstacles in several spheres of their lives such as political participation and employment. This tendency prevents us from designing policies that ultimately serve people of all ages.
The Global Report on Ageism identifies intergenerational interventions as one of the three key strategies to address ageism. Intergenerational activities can also lead to a greater sense of social connectedness. #YouthDay
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For this year’s International Youth Day we call on global leaders for more acknowledgement on the youth contributions to solving global challenges and their role as drivers of change. Empowering young people and involving them in debates that shape our future is crucial for a fairer world. And their empowerment begins with accessible skills development opportunities.
The world is surrounded with exceptional young people who have clear visions and courage to drive positive change in the world. One of them is Asiya Mohammed, the Executive Director of Conflict Women Ltd, who helps survivors of sexual and domestic violence to rebuild their lives by facilitating market access for their jewellery and art. The aim is to build an entrepreneurial network and train women in business development through public-private partnerships.
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Another example is Thandiwe Chama, a young educational rights activist from Zambia. She believes that education changes lives, stating:
“When you educate a child you educate the nation. And an educated society is a developed country.”
Due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Thandiwe’s school closed, leaving her and many other children without any access to education. Only eight years old, she organized a march, motivating 60 children to participate and to claim back their right to education. The march was successful and all 60 children were accepted to another school.
Thandiwe continued to fight for children’s rights and is an activist for the welfare and rights of those living with HIV and AIDS. In 2007, at the age of 16, she won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her astonishing efforts and actions.
It is through bold actions like Asiya Mohammed and Thandiwe Chama’s that a better future for all can be shaped. Giving young people a voice and a chance for self-improvement through the power of education may ultimately increase youth’s political participation.
🧑🤝🧑Today, we celebrate #YouthDay2022!
Empowering young people & involving them in debates is crucial for a fairer world – accessible skills development & education opportunities can hereby ease the way.
— LKDF – Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (@LKDFacility) August 12, 2022
Be part of the international debate and register for the LKDF Forum 2022
The 2022 edition of the LKDF Forum will address what resilience in skills implies in the context of the skills development environment. Experts, training professionals, and stakeholders will provide the necessary knowledge and tools to prepare ourselves for a skills revolution at the individual, organizational, educational system, and private sector levels. The event will bring the perspective of young people and their stories of resilience.
The LKDF (Learning and Knowledge Development Facility) team looks forward to welcoming young participants at the forum and listening to their solutions to address the skills mismatch and build more resilient societies.
Get in touch with the LKDF Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com — In the Featured Photo: Youth protesting. Featured Photo Credit: UNIDO/LKDF.