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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.

Globalize 2014: Council of Europe and Global Education

Global Education is an invaluable tool for those that participate.  They are transformed, empowered and gain perspective.  And in 1997, the Council of Europe developed a Charter to encourage Policymakers and Educators to support Global Education and integrate it into traditional school curriculum.

According to the "Global Education Charter", Globalization is the reason Global Education is needed.  "In the past few decades, processes related to globalisation induced major changes - economic, technological, cultural, demographic, environmental and political - which require a definition of responsible global citizenship". The world has become increasingly interconnected as a result of these processes.  The growing "internationalization" of business, trade, travel and communication come with growing migration of people, ideas, goods, as well as conflict, inequity and environmental degradation.  The Council believes Global Education is the tool to help people navigate the negative and positive opportunities of Globalization.

Global Education is defined as a style of learning concerned with encouraging "...people to identify links between the local, the regional and the world-wide level and to address inequality...", with four main points of research and action:

  • inter-dependency 
  • sustainable development
  • environmental awareness and concern
  • human rights (including anti-racism)
  • democracy
  • social justice and peace 

The key objectives are providing consistent and competent answers to complex global questions and an orientation in the present and future world.

Global Education students study factual information through a learning process that integrates attitude, skills and knowledge; acknowledging the relationship between knowledge and context, i.e. what students know from their personal and academic experiences.

Ultimately the Council believes addressing apathy is the goal of Global Education, bridging the gap between knowledge and responsible action.  Building leadership and personal agency.  Global Education not only educates young people, but empowers them as well.  It is unfortunate that not every young person has access to such programming.  InSolidarity commits to changing this with Globalize 2014.  Give Global Education to all students, in all communities, in all disciplines.

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