On October 17, 2012, within the UNESCO week the Institute of Sustainable Education was invited to share its vision and experience and participate in the presentation of UNESCO report on global monitoring 2012 „Youth and Skills" which was combined with reporting on the progress in reaching the goals of "Education for All" that were set forth at the Dakar forum in 2000.
The presentation of the overview of global monitoring 2012 "Youth and Skills" was opened by a welcoming video-speech of the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. Among the participants of the presentation were members of the consulting board "Education for All", representatives of the educational sphere and youth organisations, assembly members of Latvian National Commission for UNESCO as well as representatives of state institutions, municipalities, schools and NGOs.
The report on global monitoring "Youth and Skills" reveals the educational reality in the whole world in general, emphasises the crucial local and global challenges and charting possible pathways for the governments to take in order to enable youth's self-realisation and inclusion in the labour market. The data analysis that makes part of the report can become a useful tool for education policy makers, development specialists, scholars, media and other interested parties to comprehend the most significant tendencies in broadening the global opportunities for education, reducing unemployment, promoting education of youth living in rural and remote areas and diversifying social skills.
The review on the global monitoring is prepared annually with an aim of informing the public about the achievements in fulfilling the aims set in the action plan "Education for All" that were ratified by 164 UNESCO member states, including Latvia. The goals of "Education for All" encompass all age groups beginning from small children to adults, and the monitoring covers 200 countries.
During the presentation, an online discussion was held with the team of the Institute of Sustainable Education focusing on the problems depicted in the report and their adequacy for the local context of Latvia, as well as inviting cooperation between the Institute, Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and the schools in researching the youth skills and advancing their development.