Currently there are 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. However, more than half of all children and adolescents aged 6-14 lack basic reading and math skills despite the majority of them attending school.
This global learning crisis threatens to hold back progress towards the 2030 Agenda and Africa’s Agenda 2063.
This year’s theme for International Youth Day, “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, highlights how youth engagement at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes. Their engagement also draws lessons on how youth representation in politics can be significantly enhanced.
Why is girls’ participation in STEM a challenge?
Today, the link between the human capital development, future of work, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics ) is a global concern, and it’s crucial also in Africa. For the African Union, it’s also how the continent will attain sustainable economic growth and social progress. STEM is one of the main priorities of its Agenda 2063 blueprint.
People-centered development, gender equality and youth empowerment are key in this changing global context and STEM revolution. One of the continent’s greatest need is skilled human resources if it is to thrive in the new technology-driven global economy and world of work.