“Young participants of the IV Young Americas Forum aspire to universal education, from kindergarten to university”

Washington DC, July 15th 2015 - Convened by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), the Department of Human Development and Education (DDHE), young experts who participated in the IV Youth Forum of the Americas made a contribution to the construction of the American Education Agenda.

Recalling the statement of the Declaration of “Youth Panama 2015” adopted at the IV Youth Forum of the Americas on April 9, 2015 on the subject on education and in the framework of the VII Summit of the Americas: “The young participants of the IV youth Forum of the Americas aspire to universal education, from kindergarten to university, of the highest quality, free, multicultural, pluralistic and innovative, to prepare us for the challenges that await us as future leaders of the Western Hemisphere.”

It goes on further: “To realize our vision, we call on our authorities to set the agenda post- 2015 according to the following priorities: 1- Participation and advocacy: Implement spaces of continuous participation in the Inter-American Committee on Education in order to present proposals and that Ministers of Education establish a methodology to ensure the inclusion of our perspective from the fourth Youth Forum of the Americas.”

By the interest and enthusiasm shown by young people, the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) generated channels to engage youth in the processes carried out by the Organization of American States (OAS). Additionally, efforts with DDHE included the planning and launching of online consultation to meet the priorities, needs and contributions that youth wanted to include in the Inter-American Education Agenda.

The virtual consultation lasted a period of one month and counted with the participation of nearly 60 youth from 13 countries of the hemisphere. As activity support, a virtual meeting was held with the young participants in the Working Group “Education” form the IV Forum of the Americas and Education Specialists DDHE: Ambassador Abigail Castro de Perez, Patrica Quiroz and RominaKasman.

To access the results of the survey follow the link: http://yabt.net/foro/download/Reporte-colaboracion-juvenil-construcci-delaAgendaEducativaInteramericana-2015.pdf

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The young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a non- profit organization that works in cooperation with the Organization of American States in promoting and executing programs that encourage better opportunities for the youth. Since its inception, YABT has empowered more than 40,000 young entrepreneurs from 75 countries.