Women & girls' empowerment

for prosperous families, communities & countries

Twenty percent of young people in developing countries fail to complete primary school and lack skills for work, according to a report by global anti-poverty organisation, UNESCO.

There are still 250-million children of primary school age who cannot read or write, whether they’re in school or not, and 71 million teenagers who are out of secondary school and missing out on vital skills for future employment.

And UNESCO says $US8 billion is needed to ensure all young people attend lower secondary education in developing countries.

UNESCO says Governments as well as donors and the private sector must help fill the funding gap.

In developing countries, 200 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity.

The world’s youth population is larger than ever before; one in eight young people are unemployed and over a quarter are trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line. As the effects of the economic crisis continue to squeeze societies worldwide, the severe lack of youth skills is more damaging than ever.

Poor young populations, urban and rural, are the most in need of skills training. In urban areas, the youth population is larger than it has ever been and growing. In a fifth of countries analysed, poor, urban young people have less education than in rural areas. Over a quarter earn little more than US$1.25 a day.

“We are witnessing a young generation frustrated by the chronic mismatch between skills and work. The best answer to the economic downturn and youth unemployment is to ensure that young people acquire the basic skills and relevant training they need to enter the world of work with confidence,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said.

“Many, and young women in particular, need to be offered alternative pathways for an education, so that they can gain the skills needed to earn a living, live in dignity and contribute to their communities and societies.”

“Investing in young people’s skills is a smart move for countries seeking to boost their economic growth. The Report estimates that every $1 spent on a person’s education, yields US$10-US$15 in economic growth over that person’s working life-time.

“Governments and donors must find the money and energy to help young people most in need to acquire the skills they and their countries’ economies desperately need. The private sector is the first to benefit from a skilled workforce and must also step up its financial support.”

“Reallocating aid could help fill the funding gap. US$3.1 billion of aid to post-secondary education never reaches the educational systems of developing countries as it is used to fund foreign students in donor countries. These funds could be better spent addressing the skills deficit for disadvantaged youth in poor countries. The cost of one Nepalese student’s scholarship in a developed country could give 229 students access to secondary education at home.”

Share stories like this.
Not an i=Change brand? Join the movement

Shop brands supporting women & girls' empowerment

  • Status Anxiety gives from every sale to:

    • End violence against women
    • Keep girls in school
    • End the marriage of girls
    Status Anxiety
  • The Grampians Goods Co. gives from every sale to:

    • Restore the land
    • Restore the Reef
    • End violence against women
    The Grampians Goods Co.
  • Pure Elements gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Clean the sea
    • Back her brilliance
    Pure Elements
  • Self Cervix gives from every sale to:

    • Restore the land
    • Keep girls in school
    • End the marriage of girls
    Self Cervix
  • S/W/F Boutique gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Support a child to recover
    • Prevent women dying
    S/W/F Boutique
  • Undercover Roasters gives from every sale to:

    • Restore nature
    • Empower with literacy
    • Protect a woman
    Undercover Roasters
  • 28 Eastern gives from every sale to:

    • Clean the sea
    • Protect a woman
    • Rewild Australia
    28 Eastern
  • Clarins NZ gives from every sale to:

    • Support a girl's education
    • Support healthy children
    • Provide a safe birth
    Clarins NZ
  • Capra Designs gives from every sale to:

    • Give shelter
    • Continue her education
    • Respond to famine
    Capra Designs
  • Winterwares gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Teach healthy masculinity
    • Keep girls in school
    Winterwares
  • Forcast gives from every sale to:

    • End the marriage of girls
    • Provide a safe birth
    • Protect a woman
    Forcast
  • Quite Frankly Natural gives from every sale to:

    • Support a child to recover
    • Dignity during disaster
    • End the marriage of girls
    Quite Frankly Natural
  • Wildflower gives from every sale to:

    • Empower with literacy
    • Protect a woman
    • Provide a safe birth
    Wildflower
  • Coco & Lola gives from every sale to:

    • Continue her education
    • Feed aussies in crisis
    • Dignity during disaster
    Coco & Lola
  • STAX. gives from every sale to:

    • Protect a woman
    • Empower with literacy
    • Restore the land
    STAX.
  • Little Advent Boxes gives from every sale to:

    • Prevent trafficking with education
    • Help tiny babies survive
    • End the marriage of girls
    Little Advent Boxes
  • La Verano gives from every sale to:

    • Empower with literacy
    • Protect a woman
    • Clean the sea
    La Verano
  • Bondi Blades gives from every sale to:

    • End violence against women
    • Support mental health
    • End the marriage of girls
    Bondi Blades