Youth unemployment: can mobile technology improve employability? The Guardian

Check out the article that Linda Raftree and I wrote in the Guardian on Youth unemployment and mobile technology. We would appreciate anyone's thoughts and reactions.

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Youth unemployment: can mobile technology improve employability?

We need better understanding of mobile learners, not mobile phones, to address the challenge of youth unemployment

Attention in the development sector has shifted sharply towards two areas over the past couple of years: youth and employment. While the huge increase in some countries' 15-24 year old population offers an opportunity for catalysing change and bringing in fresh ideas and new energy, many are grappling with the challenge of providing young people with meaningful work opportunities and concerned about the growing number of youth who are disillusioned about their futures.

The ILO reported that 74.8 million youth between 15 and 24 years were unemployed in 2011, an increase of more than 4 million since 2007. Globally, the youth unemployment rate is almost 13%, and youth are nearly three times as likely as adults to be unemployed. In some countries there are no jobs. In others, there is a skills mismatch and with some quality soft and hard skills training and support, young people could be ready for existing, unfilled jobs...

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/...

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Comment by Maheswar Satpathy on March 29, 2013 at 3:08am

GOOD ONE...Thanks for sharing...

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