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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Global Partnership for Youth: Education

Education

More than 69% (520,000) young people voted for “a good education” in the MyWorld2015 survey, making it their top priority. In consultations and meetings in the past few years, young people have asked for engagement in the design, content and delivery of education to ensure that it is responsive to the real and current needs of those people to whom it is intended to benefit. Young people have also expressed the need for access to quality, relevant education beyond primary education, which integrates life skills, vocational training, comprehensive sexual education, peace-building and sustainable development, promotes global citizenship and utilizes informal education methods.
To get the conversation started, we're asking a simple question: What are the main challenges and opportunities to accessing quality education (formal, non-formal and informal) in your country?
Trends and results feed back into the United Nations discussions on our world's future development goals!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Global Partnership for Youth: Health

Health

More than 55% (420,000) young people voted for “better healthcare” in the MyWorld2015 survey, making it their second highest priority. In consultations and meetings in the past few years, young people have expressed the need for universal access to affordable, quality health care and youth-friendly health services, including sexual and reproductive health. They have asked countries to ensure that all adolescents enter adulthood with the highest attainable standard of health, without unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, unsafe deliveries, violence, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, with a healthy weight and free of substance abuse.
To get the conversation started, we're asking a simple question: What are the challenges and opportunities to accessing quality health care and living a healthy life in your country?
Trends and results feed back into the United Nations discussions on our world's future development goals!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Global Partnership for Youth: Employment and Entrepreneurship

Employment & Entrepreneurship

More than 53% (410,000) young people voted for “better job opportunities” in the MyWorld2015 survey, making it their third highest priority. In consultations and meetings in the past few years, young people have, young people have called for the elimination of challenges they faced in transitioning to integrate the work force, including difficulties to access employment and economic opportunities that encompass fair wages, possibilities for funding and mentorship, equal opportunities, job and social security, career development and training, as well as entrepreneurial and innovation skill development opportunities.
To get the conversation started, we're asking a simple question: What are the challenges and opportunities to finding a decent job or starting your own business in your country?
Trends and results feed back into the United Nations discussions on our world's future development goals!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Global Partnership for Youth: Governance

Governance

More than 44% (330,000) young people voted for “an honest and responsive government” in the MyWorld2015 survey, making it their fourth highest priority. In consultations and meetings in the past few years, young people have expressed their expectation for a firm commitment to democracy, justice, transparency, integrity and equal representation in all governance processes, in such a way that enables youth to participate in the process of national development, including creating access to opportunities for employment, innovation and shared wealth-creation.
To get the conversation started, we're asking a simple question: What are the key challenges and opportunities to young people's participation in politics, governance institutions and decision-making?
Trends and results feed back into the United Nations discussions on our world's future development goals!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Global Partnership for Youth: Peace and Security

Peace & Security

More than 42% (320,000) young people voted for “protection against crime and violence” in the MyWorld2015 survey, making it their fifth highest priority. In consultations and meetings in the past few years, young people have expressed the need for youth participation in promoting as well as monitoring peacebuilding efforts, and recognition of young people as specific stakeholders in all peace and security related development efforts, bearing in mind that youth hare both affected by conflict and instrumental to peacebuilding.
To get the conversation started, we're asking a simple question: What are the key challenges and opportunities for the peace and security of your community and country?
Trends and results feed back into the United Nations discussions on our world's future development
goals!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

InSolidarity and the Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Agenda

Join InSolidarity and participate in the Global Partnership for Youth int he Post-2015 Agenda.  Participate in a crowdsourcing platform and share ideas to address Peace and Security, Governance, Education, Employment and Health.  Moderated by experts from the United Nations, youth-led organizations and academia, the exercise will result in a document, “Youth Voices” that will contain the consolidated proposals that the Partnership will advocate for in the post-2015 discussions. The partnership can potentially also monitor the implementation of youth priorities in the future development agenda.

Timeline:
From 18 February to 25 April, participants will have the opportunity to respond to questions with ideas, comments and votes. During this period, members of the GPY 2015 will host offline events to generate momentum around the crowdsourcing platform.
From 28 April to 2 May, moderators will prepare a first draft of the outcome document.
From 5 May till 23 May, participants will have the opportunity to make comments and suggestions to the outcome document on the crowdsourcing platform – as well as at the World Youth Conference in Sri Lanka from 6 to 10 May.
From 26 to 30 May, moderators will consolidate all inputs and present a revised version of the outcome document.
On 3 June, the outcome document will be presented at the ECOSOC Youth Forum for amalgamation and consolidation.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Globalize 2014: Common Core and Global Education

In Fall 2013, 87% of the United States K-12 schools began adapting the Common Core Standards.  The Common Core Standards aim to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.  They are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college, careers and in a global economy.  However, Elizabeth Howald  of Primary Source, believes the Standards overlook learning about diverse cultures and histories.  

Though there are numerous resources for teachers to use and implement Common Core, and the authors of are clear on the importance of global awareness, but the resources "lack an international dimension".  Without sufficient support to implement and integrate Global curriculum, we are failing students in preparing them for successful personal, academic and professional lives.  Howald ends the article by giving examples of how Global curriculum and Common Core work together, emphasizing how accessible Global information is to educators.  She acknowledges the hard work that educators have ahead of them, but ensures that integrating Global education into curriculum will result in the effective implementation of Common Core Standards.

Global Education advocates should take advantage of our current educational climate, and support Educators and Education Institutions in Globalizing their curriculum.

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