01.07.2019 -

Education and future work for youth and adolescents in Uruguay: a national debate

With support from UNESCO, education and future work for youth and adolescents in Uruguay brings together teachers, technicians and international organizations in a national debate. On June 17, the seminar "The link between education and work: challenges and opportunities for adolescents and young people in Uruguay" was held in Montevideo (Uruguay).

Organized by the UNESCO Office in Montevideo, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Inter-American Centre for the Development of Knowledge in Vocational Training of the International Labour Organization and UNICEF; it constitutes the follow up to the activities developed during the First Week of Education and Work, which took place locally on May 27 to 31.

Education and work are essential for poverty reduction, economic recovery and sustainable development. The world of work requires educational credentials, and education exists in order to prepare students for the world of work. However, work is also in practice a key educational place. The objective of this instance was to contribute to the understanding between both areas.

The activity was attended by leading international education advisors and specialists, including Ms. Margarete Sachs-Israel, Regional Education Advisor of the UNICEF Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Manuel Cardoso, Specialist in Learning from the same agency in the city of New York, and Mr. Ricardo Estrada, Chief Economist of the Directorate of Socioeconomic Research of the CAF, who presented the trends at the regional and global levels.

It was also an opportunity to share experiences, successful cases, public policies, programmes and institutions binding education and work, being implemented by technicians of secondary and technical education in Brazil and Uruguay. For Zelmira May, National Programme Specialist for Education of the UNESCO Montevideo Office: "The education of young people for the world of work should focus not only on acquiring the necessary skills to be developed at the workplace, but also on looking into the future in terms of the new learning demands. You must also train in those skills that will allow, especially young people who are preparing to enter the world of work, a satisfactory experience in the labour market, in a context of constant learning."

With an estimated participation of 100 people, the activity constitutes a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) of ensuring an inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; in particular to target 3 to guarantee equal access to technical and higher education.

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