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UNICEF and the ETF team up to make youth voices heard when it comes to education

On 5th August 2019 the ETF and UNICEF signed a partnership agreement. The aim of the joint work is to prepare young people for the education and labour market of the 21st century across Europe and Central Asia. This partnership aims to help countries in the region develop the systemic and policy changes. Both UNICEF and the ETF are committed to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which demands education, training and skills that are fit for the future.

What are the first results of the cooperation?

The first results of the joint work were heavily impacted by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that affected all levels of education globally.

The report on “Preventing a lockdown generation in Europe and Central Asia” was presented in December 2020 and it provides an overview on the challenges, opportunities and, most importantly, the views, sentiments and opinions of young people concerning their current and future prospects in the era of COVID-19.

This work is built on wide consultations with more than 15,000 adolescents and young people from Europe and Central Asia covering, among others, their feelings about lockdown restrictions, access and participation in education, learning outcomes and the quality of teaching, as well as their views on mobility, entrepreneurship and participation. When it comes to the future, the report captures young people’s hopes and fears about deep changing societies and economies, as well as their recommendations for a more inclusive, equitable, peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future in Europe and Central Asia.

ETF Youth in South Eastern Europe and Turkey – Students' voice 

ETF Youth in South Eastern Europe and Turkey – Students' voice (English Subtitles) 


ETF Youth in South Eastern Europe and Turkey – Experts' voice

ETF Youth in South Eastern Europe and Turkey – Experts' voice (English Subtitles)


The second report done in cooperation between UNICEF and the ETF was about “Building a resilient generation in Central Asia and Europe”. It was presented at the jointly organised international conference “Building lifelong learning systems: skills for green and inclusive societies in the digital era”, that took place on 21-25 June 2021.

The report described the hopes, concerns, and expectations of young people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia about their futures and the role of education, social inclusion, and the environment.

This work brings youth voices, views, and sentiments from the region as a contribution to the regional and global discussions on how to create better lifelong learning systems, more inclusive communities, and greener societies.

The cooperation between UNICEF and ETF will keep bringing value to inform policy dialogue and interventions in the field of education, training and employment. 


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