While many of the challenges of sustainable development are similar everywhere, priorities and perspectives differ widely from region to region. Emerging economies, in particular, expect multinationals to contribute to the development of their countries. In industrialized countries, in contrast, maintaining competitiveness is increasingly becoming a key challenge. The table presents the results of our dialogue with the experts in condensed form and gives concrete examples of the varied expectations.
Youth unemployment is slowly but steadily growing, leading to serious concern in Europe. According to Eurostat latest report [EUS80113] in the past year, (Estimation based on November 2011 to November 2012) there is a growth of 420 000 new unemployed just in the Euro zone, which make the nearly 25% of youth searching for a job.
To fight this phenomenon, the European Commission just launched its initial plans for a Youth Guarantee scheme at the beginning of December, which would guarantee people aged 18 to 24 a job offer, apprenticeship, some training or combined work and training within four months of becoming unemployed.
Emer Costello, MEP who participated at the conference launching the Youth Guarantee Conference expresses it simply “No society can be vibrant, innovative and competitive if almost 30% of its workforce is unemployed”.
It is hard to say what will be the outcomes of such measures, even though some actions already implement like in Spain, where several ESF OPs were modified in 2012, particularly driven by the context of the aggravating youth unemployment situation. ESF reallocation focused on supporting the development of active labour market policies, including for young people, redirecting overall 135 million under the national program Adaptabilidad y Empleo. Some regional programs increased also support to actions targeted at young people, included a reinforced attention to early school leavers and vocational training.
Youth and its place in the society need to be rethought, and integrated through the develop of social innovation, to find new way to organize relationships within the social structure.
Education strategy applied to local regional development can make miracle if we would empower the young generation with the right tools they need to understand how to invest themselves and put their skills at the service of a global society in a sustainable manner.
Education is a 24/7 activity, more than a profession, it is a state of mind, like some need to provide to the world something right, something useful, that will help society to reach its next level.
Therefore, when summer time is around, it is time to load the battery with tons of new ideas.
Summer is not for slack, but for creative time.
No classes, no lesson, no homework, it is potentially the most productive time ever to do all these things you wanted to do but never had time. Renew your teaching. Do a system check, that is the best to keep your working processes healthy.