Global Education First Initiative Anniversary Event: Delivering on the Global Education Promise
A Combined event for the Global Education First Initiative and Learning for All was organized on 25 September in celebration of the first anniversary of Secretary-General’s Education First Initiative. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Kim, and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown convened a High-level Roundtable on Learning for All: Coordinating the Financing and Delivery of Education. Education activist Malala Yousafzai gave the keynote speech, followed by an interactive panel discussion.
Youth Employment Network
The Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment: Call for applications
The Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment provides technical and financial support to qualified organizations for designing and conducting their impact evaluations. The Fund’s fifth call for applications will concentrate on youth entrepreneurship programmes in Africa and the Middle East. The projects whose objectives involve creating self employment opportunities, developing entrepreneurial and self employment skills and competences, and improving access to finance will be eligible to apply.
The Fund will provide seed funding ranging from US$5,000 to US$180,000 to the selected evaluations. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) will provide co-funding to carry out two impact evaluations. Proposals must be submitted using the online application form by October 7, 2013, 11:59pm CEST.
Information note: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/yen/whatwedo/projects/ie/eval_call_2013.pdf
Application form: http://fs17.formsite.com/youth/2013/index.html
Free E-Coaching programme for young entrepreneurs
Youth Employment Network (YEN) invites young entrepreneurs, who have started or are in the process of starting a business, to apply for the YEN E-Coaching programme. The task-oriented online coaching programme matches E-Coaches to young entrepreneurs (16-35) based on area of expertise, type of industry, location, language and time availability. E-coaches provide guidance to young entrepreneurs and accompany them through the process of setting up their business over a period of up to 12 months. Since 2012 YEN has supported young entrepreneurs from 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South Asia.
Apply by Monday, October 7, 2013:
ILO Youth Employment Programme
The ILO calls for good practices on youth employment
Has your organization implemented a programme to support young people in accessing decent work? Do you want your practice to be recognized and widely disseminated?
This is your opportunity! The ILO Youth Employment Programme is launching a call for submissions of good practices that have proven effective in promoting decent work for young people.
All applications will be assessed based on 6 specific criteria: (i) relevance, (ii) effectiveness and impact, (iii) sustainability, (iv) innovation, (v) replicability, (vi) efficiency. An evaluation committee composed of experts and young specialists on youth employment will identify the good practices from the programmes submitted. The best submission will receive prizes and three of them will be featured in an MTV video.
The deadline to submit proposals is the 5th October 2013.
For more information visit: www.youthpractices.org
Voices of youth
Voices of Youth (VOY) is UNICEF’s largest digital community for young people – a place where you can get inspired, involved and have your voice heard.
VOY is dedicated to giving all young people the opportunity to share their thoughts on issues such as health, education, human rights, violence and many more. The site is available in English, Spanish and French, and features interviews with inspirational youth, news and special features, monthly debates, and resources and materials that can help young people to take action in their communities.
If you’re committed to building a better world, join the thousands of young people from all around the planet who are already part of VOY:
Follow VOY on Facebook (Voices of Youth) or Twitter (@voicesofyouth)
Youth at the 2nd Africa Caribbean Pacific/European Union/UN-Habitat conference
As part of the Second International Tripartite ACP/EU/UN-Habitat Conference on "Sustainable Urbanization for Poverty Eradication" that was held in the Rwandan capital Kigali, UN-Habitat’s Youth Unit exhibited its work with the Ministry of Youth and ICT and Kigali Municipality. Among the projects showcased was the Kimisagira One Stop Youth Employment and Productivity Center a partnership between UN-Habitat and local governments. The One Stop Youth Centre model recognizes that youth engagement and empowerment through training and capacity development is pertinent to addressing the challenges faced by young people such as employability. The centres provide skills training that contribute towards building a pool of skilled and employable young labour force.
Currently there are 22 One Stop Youth Employment Centres, in Rwanda. The Ministry of Youth and ICT is planning to scale and replicate the centres nationwide through the Youth Empowerment for Global Opportunities Centers (YEGO). These centres provide mechanisms to harness and consolidate youth-serving resources and channel them to a constituency of young.
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Announcement of 2013 Urban Youth Fund winners
The 5th Call for Application to the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund was made earlier in the year and the selection process has been ongoing to arrive at a shortlist of projects. More than 8400 applications were received from around the world. Through a rigorous screening and assessment process, 59 projects from 40 countries have been selected to receive the grant that ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. The Urban Youth fund is a grant programme run by UN-Habitat and aimed at urban based youth-led organizations in developing countries, who are striving to improve living conditions for themselves and for their communities through innovative approaches to employment, good governance, the environment, ICT, women and health and shelter and secure tenure. This year’s grant recipients will be announced on World Habitat Day which falls on 7th October 2013. The announcement can be found on UN-Habitats You Fund page at:
Exploring youth and land issues
UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tools Network (GLTN) have initiated a Youth land project to respond to the knowledge gap around the youth dimensions of land by building a solid knowledge base and looking into developing land tools to improve the youth responsiveness of policies and processes.
The first phase of this joint project was launched with a 4-day workshop held at the UN Secretariat in New York. 5 youth organizations from Brazil, Kenya, Nepal, Yemen and Zimbabwe will be funded to undertake youth-led action research projects in their respective countries to identify the barriers youth face in accessing land and in participating in land governance, and consequently to highlight some good practices for youth engagement in land issues.
Laos celebrates International Youth Day 2013
At least 1200 young people attended the celebration of the International Youth Day in Savannakhet Province, southern Laos. The event included dance, music and drama performances by popular singers and dancers. The event highlighted how the Youth, in particular girls, can be a driving force for development in the country.
The event stresses that youth are shaping the country's present and future. The opportunities and choices young people make during adolescence will enable them to begin adulthood as empowered and active citizens. The celebration also focused on the links between the well-being of youth and the achievements of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
More information is available here:
School-age youth in Gaza
School-age children caught in conflicts suffer the impact of loss of normalcy, in addition to deaths of loved ones, displacement, and shortages of foods and goods. Attending schools allows Palestine refugee children—whether they reside in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan, or Syria—a safe space to play and learn. Attending school provides structure and support in an increasingly turbulent and ever-changing setting.
In addition to providing students an education, schools give children an opportunity to begin to heal the wounds of war. This improves the situation of young people who were severely traumatized by war. From the first day at school, the students enjoy activities that give them an emotional outlet to express their feelings – through paints, plays and other events. Attending such schools improve their ability to express loss, interact with peers and recover from distress.
Helping young refugees in Syria
Children are vulnerable to the conflict in Syria, with displacement depriving many of an education. Partnership with the European Union has enabled UNRWA to provide Palestine refugees from Syria with education and special care by recruiting psychosocial counselors. Students who have settled in Lebanon and Jordan after escaping the violence in Syria are learning to engage with their peers at school. Aya, who now lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon, explains: “When I’m acting or dancing with them, I feel like I’m living a new life – one with a better story than mine. But sometimes I like to play my real role, so people can know how terrible our living conditions are.”
UNRWA believes that education is one of the most vital investments that communities can make. During times of emergencies, UNRWA is committed to supporting the educational goals of Palestine refugees, helping them build bridges to the future for themselves and for their children.