Adolescents make up approximately twelve per cent of the country’s roughly 2 million population. That’s about 247,000 young people aged 10 to 19. When you add young people under 24 years old, that’s a lot of potential and creative energy. With education, skills and empowerment, these girls and boys can help transform economies and societies.
But a fast-changing global economy is demanding increasingly specialized and transferable skills and education systems are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. Technological developments have created new challenges, but also opportunities, for education systems to prepare adolescents and young people for the labour market and life.
It’s no longer enough to simply get them through schooling. As they grow, adolescent girls and boys need an education with meaningful learning outcomes, broader skills, values and experiences to help them develop a growth mindset and skills for collaboration, employability and citizenship.