The tenth Annual Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows that 12 percent of young people are dropping out of secondary schools in New York, and are left without vital foundation skills for work. This constitutes one fifth of young people aged 17-24 years being out of school and unemployed.
These young people urgently need an alternative pathway to learn skills which are directly applicable to the labor market so they can find gainful employment and boost the economy, says the report published by UNESCO on Wednesday.
Skills needed to find decent work are learnt at primary and secondary schools. However, about a third of the 173,000 young people in New York, who are out of school and work, lack a high school diploma. Over the entire region of Northern America and Western Europe, there are more than half a million adolescents of lower secondary school age who are not in education. Those without this education, and who have not had a stable job by age 25 years, face sharply diminished chances of enjoying financial stability over their lifetime.
“We are witnessing a young generation frustrated by the chronic mismatch between skills and work. The best answer to the economic downturn and youth unemployment is to ensure that young people acquire the basic skills and relevant training they need to enter the world of work with confidence,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Many youth, and women in particular, need to be offered alternative pathways to education, so that they gain the skills to earn a living, live in dignity and contribute to their communities and societies,” she added…