In an exclusive op-ed published in Devex, SOS Children’s Villages President Dereje Wordofa calls for the global community to take bold action for young people who lack adequate adult and social support to engage in appropriate education pathways to thrive as the Transforming Education Summit convenes in New York in September 2022.
Today, more than 280 million young people worldwide are currently not in employment, education, or training — or NEET. That is not the right start for a young person’s adult life. For the individual, it is a missed opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience to access sustainable work. For society, it is a missed opportunity for human and economic development.
Active young people with decent jobs will be accelerators to promote peace and sustainable development around the world.