To keep pace with this youthful world, the Netherlands has set up the Youth at Heart virtual forum, and increasingly putting youth at the heart of its development policies and investing in education and youth employment.
Together with partners, stakeholders, and young people, it will be hosting many different discussions and workshops in which youth plays a central role.
The forum’s discussion will address education and the challenges of ensuring that educational needs are met during the current pandemic, the opportunities presented by digitalization, and the obstacles faced by refugees wanting to work or attend education. Other important topics are youth-led change, youth participation, mental health during the COVID-19 crisis, and entrepreneurship for youth.
The Sahel region, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa, have very young populations. It presents immense opportunities but also serious challenges. In Africa alone, 12 million young people enter the labour market each year, while only 3 million new jobs become available. Work and education pose even more significant challenges for young refugees, displaced persons and young people in vulnerable host communities.
Young people have their lives before them. They are entitled to gain the right skills, knowledge, and opportunities to build a stable future for themselves, their communities, and their countries, and thus also for the Netherlands.
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