Addressing challenges of school-to-work transition in developing countries

Hi, my name is Karina Levina and I work on employment policy for the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO recent research has shown that young people face pressing challenges in transitioning from school to work. For example, more than one in four young persons in Africa—around 72 million—are not in employment, education, or training (NEET). Two-thirds of them are young women. The situation is further exacerbated by various global shocks, such as COVID-19 pandemics, and risks of multiple crises. 

Addressing school-to-work transition challenges of young people, especially in the regions with growing youthful populations such as Arica or the Arab States, has never been more urgent.  There is a strong need for policies and programmes to address this challenge. In the run-up to the International Youth Day on August 12, 2023, we would like to invite you to share your thoughts, knowledge and experiences on the following:

  • What can be done at the global, national, and local levels to address youth school-to-work transition challenges? 
  • Are you aware of any efficient school-to-work transition interventions and what are their key success factors?
  • What partnerships are essential for efficient school-to-work transition policies and programmes and how can they be established? 
  • How can young people be better engaged in developing school-to-work transition policies and programmes? 

Please read one of our blog entries below to get a sense of the scale of this challenge:

Or watch the recording of the Webinar on Youth Employment and School-to-Work Transition in Africa:

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