CHOGM: More than 250 million young people will develop their skills | The new times

The Commonwealth Secretariat has signed an agreement with some of the world’s largest youth organizations to provide skills development to over 250 million young people.

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with eight chiefs and representatives of her partners who subscribe to the Commonwealth Alliance for Quality Youth Leadership.

Global youth organizations include; AIESEC, Duke of Edinburgh International Award (the award), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO).

The others are the World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA), World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), World Alliance of Young Men’s Christian Associations (WorldYMCA).

Scotland said: “This alliance has been created to help us reinvent education, creating services for our young people that ensure they have all the practical support they need to be innovators, doers of change and to truly take charge of their future.

This agreement comes at a time when around 60% of the unemployed in Commonwealth countries are young people, particularly affected by the pandemic. Millions more have experienced disruptions to their schooling, making non-formal education and learning even more integral.

It includes commitments to work together to promote volunteering, provide young people with the practical experiences needed to compete in the job market, create an environment where collaboration and innovation can thrive, and support the development of leadership and leadership skills. useful life.

Prince Edward Earl of Wessex and Forfar, in a statement, said his father, the late Duke of Edinburgh, was a great advocate for these opportunities and encouraged millions to experience personal achievements which are to reach millions of young every year now.

“This Memorandum of Understanding represents a statement of intent and willingness by a number of youth organizations to significantly improve the opportunities for young people across the Commonwealth to access education and non-formal learning. formal,” he said.

During an intergenerational dialogue on the same day, regional Commonwealth youth representatives echoed the many challenges facing young people and made recommendations to address them.

This is one of many outcomes of the recently concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which also saw over 1000 young people gather at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

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