What Role can Education Play in Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Soft Skills Development?
Research has proven the value of PYD in workforce development settings, with soft skills being recognized as an important component and used by employers as criteria when hiring youth. However, traditionally, education organizations in LMICs have not paid much attention to providing these skills. This session will provide a brief overview of what PYD is; how soft skills relate to PYD; what we know about the needs for soft skills and gaps, and what PYD means for Education (incl. examples).
This session will provide
- A brief overview of what PYD is;
- How soft skills relate to PYD;
- What we know about the needs for soft skills and gaps, and
- What PYD means for Education organizations (with some examples).
Eric Bergthold, Executive Director, Office of Global Projects at University of Arizona, USA
Maria Brindlmayer, Senior KM Specialist, YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE), USA
Victoria Ibiwoye, OneAfricanChild Foundation, Founder, Nigeria, and YP2LE Community of Practice co-champion for the Youth Systems CoP under YP2LE
Albina Tortbayeva, Kazakhstan, currently studying for MA in education and international development at UCL, as Chevening scholar, and YP2LE Community of Practice (CoP) co-champion for the Higher Education Evidence and Transformation CoP under YP2LE
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