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 – how skills development can improve marginalized young people’s opportunities for decent jobs and better lives.
This week 400 business, government and NGO leaders from the Middle East and North Africa gathered in Amman, Jordan, for the event Youth@Work to discuss how to tackle the crisis of youth and the world of work. Young people from the region were actively involved as moderators, panellists and participants.
“Today, one in four young people living in the Middle East and North Africa can’t find jobs. That’s the highest youth unemployment rate in the world”, said Christy Macy of the International Youth Foundation, which hosted the event together with the Arab Urban Development Institute.
On Monday it is time for Breaking new ground: partnerships for more and better jobs for young people, an event organized in New York by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) that will provide the background for the 2012 Annual Ministerial Review on employment and decent work. You can contribute to the event by posting ideas and questions on Twitter using the #UN4Youth hashtag. You can also follow online video conversations on Monday from 10:30am local time.