Millennials as Mobile Educators - Innovative Youth Workforce Development Solutions

For decades, ICT training has been considered the surest route to workforce preparedness and prosperity for emerging and developed economies.  Yet, despite billions of government and private sector investment in ICT training programs globally, youth unemployment has risen to record levels.

Recent findings from of several large-scale IT-based youth workforce programs confirm the need for urgent innovations that can deliver results in real time, i.e. are unencumbered by the slowly grind of “business as usual” bureaucratic process. But real innovation, especially at a time of competition for scarce resources, requires a paradigm shift from unemployed youth as resources rather than problems, active contributors rather than passive consumers. And the critical connector between paradigm shift and innovative practice is service.  Millennial Mobitechs builds on five pillars of service learning that have proven essential to program success both in the U.S. and globally.

  1. Subsidized internships for low-income unemployed youth that integrate vocational skills training with community service.
  2. Service learning as a required/credit-bearing component of university degree programs.
  3. In-school vocationally relevant service opportunities for secondary school students.
  4. Service that meets an identified community need without overtaxing the capacity of the host/beneficiary.
  5. Upfront training accompanied by ongoing support and mentorship.

Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter

Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter is a founder of Learning Academy Worldwide and M-Ubuntu in South Africa. Over the past decade, he has served as a teacher, media specialist and digital teacher educator in his native South Africa, the USA, Sweden, and Rome. He currently resides in Rome with his wife and children on assignment with the Swedish Foreign Service.

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