Youth skills vital for future

Posted Oct. 16, 2012 in Ghana, CAMA, Entrepreneurship, Press Coverage

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Many young people around the world — especially the disadvantaged — are leaving school without the skills they need to thrive in society and find decent jobs, a new report from UNESCO shows. The report argues that as well as thwarting young people’s hopes, these education failures are jeopardising equitable economic growth and social cohesion, and preventing many countries from reaping the potential benefits of their growing youth populations.

The 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, launched on October 16, examines how skills development programmes can be improved to boost young people’s opportunities for decent jobs and better lives. The report features examples of Camfed's work in helping young women start and run new businesses and Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton spoke at the launch of the report in Paris, alongside UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown.

You can read Ann's speech here.

Camfed also features on today's Guardian Global Development website. Read the article here.

Camfed Ghana took part in a tweet chat on this report. You can read what young women said about the skills needed to help the rural poor at .

Dolores Dickson, Executive Director, Camfed Ghana