Students of Elbasan speak about the Future They Want
Around a hundred students from “Aleksander Xhuvani University “got together to discuss issues related to decent employment of youth. The meeting today is part of the national consultations undertaken by the UN around the country to seek citizen’s views on the kind of future they want for themselves, their children, their communities, and their country.
The purpose of the meeting with university students was to gather their views and perspectives on the issues related to the decent employment of youth. The consultation included an overview of youth employment challenges in Albania, with a focus on the difficulties youth face in entering and remaining in the labor market, underemployment and informal employment.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator Zineb Touimi Benjelloun was also present at the meeting. Amongst other things, she highlighted that: “Besides face to face consultations, in Albania we are also using our social media platforms to capture citizens’ feedback on what kind of world they would like to live in and what actions should be taken. Our goal is to engage as many citizens as possible from all walks of life to tell us how they want their future to look like. We have been encouraging people to be part of these national consultations. The Future we Want campaign provides a brilliant opportunity to say loudly and clearly how you want to see the world beyond 2015—your voice today counts more than ever. Please use it and tell us how you want to live.”
During the discussions, students and professors highlighted the need to raise the quality of education, to include internship programmes in the school curricula and the need for a better cooperation of private sector with the education system. Students also brought up the need to have reliable data and statistics on the number of students who are employed after their graduation.
Such discussions and findings will contribute to the drafting of the Post 2015 Global development Agenda. These discussions will also contribute to the new employment strategy, especially its youth employment component.
In 2000, all countries have pledged to meet eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - from halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of HIV / AIDS to providing universal primary education - all by 2015. Progress towards reaching these goals has been uneven. Some countries have achieved many of the goals, while others are not well on track to realize them. New Goals have to be decided and agreed upon collectively. What will the next goals be beyond 2015? How does the next world development agenda will look like?
The UN has initiated a large consultation process in several countries of the world to design new development priorities after 2015. Albania is one of the countries where consultations are taking place. Such consultations are intended to foster an inclusive multi-stakeholder process and advocate for a Post-2015 development agenda informed by national and local priorities. As such, the voices and priorities of citizens, civil society groups, and independent experts will influence the design of the renewed agenda.
The national consultations in Albania are being organized around the three mutually reinforcing themes of youth employment, inequalities and environmental sustainability. These consultations are being conducted through citizen panels with the aim to capture the voices of the poor and marginalized, of children, youth and women.