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Chap 2: Preparing for Work

Education can take many forms. These include: formal education (through academic mainstream schooling, including technical and vocational instruction for youth ); informal education (learning that takes place outside of institutions); special education (for those experiencing intellectual/physical disability); and non-formal education (life-relevant knowledge and skills acquired both within and outside educational institutions).

From 18 to 24 October 2011, week II, the e-discussion platform was open to all to discuss the realities of how their education systems have prepared them (and their peers) to access employment. There were more than 300 comments posted by young people from more than 95 countries across the globe – including from Peru, Senegal, Kenya, Yemen and India.

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The UN Focal Point on Youth aims to build awareness of the global situation of young people, as well as promote their rights and aspirations, working toward greater participation of young people in decision-making as a means for achieving peace and development.

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