Co-creation of solutions is the core of Generation Unlimited. The first round of multi-stakeholder co-creation, led by a wide range of external experts, has yielded an exciting group of 20 initiatives that have the potential to deliver sustained results. The group of solutions featured here are indicative of the twenty initiatives currently being considered for support by Generation Unlimited.
A specialized learning programme that allows rural young people to continue working as they learn. SAT employs a learn-by-doing methodology that includes interactive workbooks and lessons guided by trained tutors. The curricula focus on teaching capabilities rather than subjects.
Generation is a youth employment non-profit bridging the gap between training and jobs. Its goal is to deliver high employment and job retention rates, as well as a tangible return on investment for learners and employers. More than 70 per cent of graduates enter jobs after completing the programme.
To address the lack of opportunity for youth engagement, four dynamic youth media programmes were developed: a TV reality show where university students propose solutions for social issues; women’s empowerment workshops; a young reporters radio show for and by youth; and U-Report clubs.
A mentorship and job-shadowing programme for young girls from underprivileged schools in South Africa studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Some 11,000 girls have benefited from the programme, and more than 100 partner companies have hosted 6,000 job-shadowing opportunities.
Expanding access to secondary education for adolescents living in remote rural communities. The approach is mainstreamed and certificates recognised by national authorities. The programme reduces the digital divide, with remote rural classrooms connected via internet with hub schools in urban areas. Teaching and learning strategies are supported daily.
To improve girls' participation and completion of education, Meena Manch secondary school clubs provide teachers and girls with information, life skills and support. Implemented by the Rajasthan State Government, the programme has already reached 380,000 girls. The clubs build confidence, motivate girls’ academic achievement and improve institutional responses to violence and harassment.
Along with the identification of solutions, a set of ‘promising ideas’ will harness the power of new trends like digitalization, globalization, technology and demographics. These ideas will harness emerging industries in the green and care economies, as well as the growing body of data, knowledge and experience to address barriers that are obstructing progress for young people. Many of these trends are at critical turning points that could help leapfrog solutions ahead of the curve and dramatically improve the effectiveness of scalable solutions.
What would it take to affordably connect all schools to the Internet?
How can we harness data from labour markets to shorten the feedback loop between employers and education providers so that young people can develop skills that are in demand?
How can we assist young people to acquire the skills necessary for jobs in the rapidly growing renewable energy sector (i.e. solar/wind/bio)?
How can new breakthroughs in personalized technology-supported learning be deployed to support remedial education for young people whose education has been disrupted by conflict, shock or migration?
How can we expand access to remote learning and work opportunities for young people who live in refugee camps or have limited local opportunities?
How can we expand access to cognitive behavioural therapy for young people affected by conflict and effectively combine it with other interventions?
How can we utilize instant translation services to enable more young people to access resources for learning, skills development and employment?
How can we make sure that the certifications that young people receive are portable and recognized across national boundaries?
How can we better quantify and measure the effects of young people’s empowerment?
How can innovative financing mechanisms unlock the potential and solutions for young people?