Monthly Archives: February 2012

The struggle to learn skills in the city

UNICEF’s flagship annual report, launched today, focuses on the lives of marginalized children in urban areas. The State of the World’s Children 2012 finds that children in urban environments are often denied their right to education, leaving many without the … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Gender, Governance, Literacy, Marginalization, Out-of-school children, Poverty, Skills, Training, Urbanization, Youth | 5 Comments

Listening to the voices of young people

No one feels more strongly than young people themselves the mismatch between the jobs that are available and the skills that they acquire in education systems. Or, for many, the skills they don’t get a chance to acquire: 74 million … Continue reading

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Who is responsible for developing youth skills?

What role should the private sector play in developing the skills of young people? That’s one of the questions likely to come up at two international events on the theme of our upcoming 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report … Continue reading

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Why school should speak your language

People whose mother tongue is different from their country’s official language can find this a barrier to thriving in society. But does that mean children should be educated only in the official language? It’s a complex question. As we found … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Employment, Equality, Ethnicity, Language, Marginalization, Out-of-school children | 7 Comments

World Youth Report puts focus on skills

As youth unemployment figures continue to rise in many parts of the world, the need for young people to have the skills that employers want is drawing more and more attention – not least from the young themselves. Their voices … Continue reading

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How do skills develop? Cognitive neuroscience offers some insights

By Helen Abadzi, Senior Education Specialist, Global Partnership for Education Developing countries want their citizens to acquire and use complex skills, but there is much debate over the best ways to achieve this (as the 2012 Education for All Global … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Developing countries, Early childhood care and education, Equality, Literacy, Marginalization, Skills, Teachers, Training, Youth | 4 Comments

Can the ‘German model’ bridge the skills gap elsewhere?

By Léna Krichewsky, research officer, Education for All Global Monitoring Report What do all those experts and politicians mean when they point to the “German model” as a kind of magic recipe to solve the problem of youth unemployment by … Continue reading

Posted in Developed countries, Economic growth, Employment, Governance, Post-secondary education, Skills, Training | 5 Comments