In low and middle-income countries, only one-third of children finish secondary school and studies have shown that it is essential in today's societies to have at least finished nine years of school.
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Youth voices and actions are powerful, especially when given agency over their own futures. Education and access to knowledge can do this. Education empowers and provides key skills needed to thrive. The world recognized this by adding secondary school completion to the education Sustainable Development Goal, but work is still left to be done. We need to continuously address the educational needs of youth, but it’s essential to include them in those conversations. Youth are standing up to ensure their voices are heard in the creation and evolution of curriculum, policies, and their own education.
11th UNESCO Youth Forum, UNESCO, 2019
ReChildren and Youth Services Review, 2018
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