The campus of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore was abuzz with activity. Participants from across the learning spectrum had gathered for the annual Quest 2 Learn summit. The two-day event centered on the most pressing issue in skills development: bridging the gap between education and the skills required in today’s workforce.
The recently published United Nation’s 2015 Human Development Report, Work for Human Development, offers a timely and convincing contribution to the global conversation around how to secure greater advancements for the next generation and beyond.
When I last saw Alejandro Jaimes, in September of 2015, he was working in Mexico’s northern industrial heartland of Nuevo Leon as the regional director of CONALEP, part of the country’s vocational training system. A month later he was unemployed, as can happen to any government official when elections bring in a new regime. So, what will happen to the changes that Alejandro and his team introduced?
Twenty-two year-old Hodda Taibi grew up in Cherchell, a coastal town in northern Algeria. The youngest of six siblings, she worked hard at the University of Algiers, earning a license to practice accounting and finance in 2015. Yet despite her qualifications, Hodda was unsure of what to do next. Should she look for a job? Continue her studies? With one out of four Algerian youth unemployed, job success was no guarantee.
When I was growing up a resettled refugee in New Hampshire—having emigrated from Vietnam—life wasn’t always easy, things didn’t always make sense, and ends didn’t always meet. I didn’t have much, but I always had soccer.
In January, IYF welcomed Emmanuel Jimenez, PhD, to its Board of Directors. He shares his thoughts on the critical role of evaluation in achieving IYF’s mission.
"I am no longer the sort of teacher who enters a classroom and merely gives instructions to be followed by the students,” affirms Faque José Afonso, a secondary school history teacher in the town of Boane, in southern Mozambique. “I don’t give them [my students] the answers. The students have to find the answers for themselves.”
Everything we do at IYF aims to support youth on the path to success in work and life, and educational institutions like the Arab American University in Jenin (AAUJ), in Palestine, are one key type of partner in achieving this mission. Voice of Palestine radio recently spoke with Dr. Nizam Diab, AAUJ's Vice President of Community Affairs, about the school's cooperation with IYF.
While my linguistic skills are quite limited, there is one language that has allowed me to communicate across Sub-Saharan Africa: soccer. I can’t say I speak all the dialects, but I am more or less fluent in Premier League, proficient in Champions League, and speak enough La Liga and PSL to get by.
Youth is a time for learning, studying, beginning work, and hopefully launching a career—but we know that too often there are roadblocks to success. So, what are the world's 3.72 billion young people doing? Where are the opportunities for the youth development community to mobilize in their support?