Webinar: Youth educational and employment trajectories in the post-pandemic recovery
One of the fundamental processes that occur during youth is the transition from the educational system to the world of work, which directly impacts the processes of emancipation and the development of people's autonomy.
Today we are faced with a scenario of high uncertainty regarding the present and unpredictability of the future in a world marked by constant economic, social, health, environmental, and political changes that profoundly affect the educational and employment trajectories of young people. It is a complex and challenging context that has also suffered the unexpected and dramatic impact of the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19).
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are suffering an unprecedented economic contraction affecting both the learning processes and the labour inclusion of young people. On the one hand, the discontinuity of studies or the impossibility of accessing the same type of continuity by virtual means added to the economic crisis that will affect household income will increase the risk of dropping out of school, particularly at secondary and tertiary education levels. This difficulty is even greater for the offer of technical vocational education and training (TVET) due to the characteristics of this modality, focused on the development of practical skills for the productive sector. On the other hand, the crisis has had a significant impact on the labour markets that implied the destruction of jobs, the increase in unemployment, and the precariousness of working conditions that undermine the generation of decent employment for young people. All of this will decisively increase inequality in the region, affecting some more than others: such as young people, women, the elderly, informal workers, indigenous peoples, and Afro-descendant populations, people with disabilities, and migrants, among others.
In the coming years, the countries of the region should focus their efforts to achieve sustainable recovery and the construction of more resilient and inclusive societies.
18 Jan 2021
Inauguration -ECLAC - Norway Cooperation Programme11:00 to 11:15
Raúl García-Buchaca, ECLAC Deputy Executive Secretary
Jostein Leiro, Norway Ambassador in Chile
Sanitary crisis impact on the economy and the world of work in Latin America and the Caribbean11:15 to 11:25
Daniel Titelman, Director, Economic Development Division, ECLAC
Labour market gender gaps and the health crisis consequences on the economic autonomy of women11:25 to 11:35
Ana Güezmes, Director, Gender Affairs Division Director, ECLAC
Challenges for youth´s educational and labour inclusion11:35 to 11:45
Rodrigo Martínez, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, ECLAC
Inclusive education for a strengthened recovery11:45 to 12:00
Comments by Javier González, SUMMA