A new international coalition of youth worker organisations has been endorsed by Commonwealth member governments.
Commonwealth governments have pledged to redouble efforts to “bridge the gap” in financing young people’s development, at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Kampala.
A deficit in public spending on young people’s development should be plugged by new and innovative forms of financing including the promotion of social entrepreneurship, according to Commonwealth youth leaders.
New policy guidance from the Commonwealth Secretariat will help governments to place young people’s needs and aspirations at the heart of national policy-making.
“The young people of the Commonwealth are leading us to a future of ever greater aspiration, and even greater achievement.” These were the words of Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at the start of one of the world’s most eminent intergovernmental youth conferences.
Leading universities around the world are joining a Commonwealth initiative aimed to improve access to certified courses in youth work.
Governments should do more to support youth workers by promoting their professional recognition, education and training, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Commonwealth governments, development partners, youth leaders and stakeholders are expected to make an historic commitment to invest in young people – every country’s greatest resource – at a major summit in Uganda this week.
A new Commonwealth initiative to empower young women leaders has been marked with a regional launch in the Caribbean.
Commonwealth high commissioners and staff were recently treated to a powerful performance from the multi-award winning Bahamas gospel group, Shaback.