Social Agenda

  1. All member states to extend access to free universal early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education of the highest quality for young people, based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination and ensuring equal and equitable access to education at all levels. In particular, we ask states to prioritise gender responsive policies and implement programmes to promote the right of young girls to have a chance at accessing quality education and to create and/or enforce anti-discrimination legislation and enhance education policies, curricula and systems to include students with special learning needs and disabilities.
  1. All member states to increase the recognition and availability of non-formal education and vocational education, including volunteer schemes and Information and Communication Technology apprenticeships, as an effective means of empowerment and skills transfer.
  1. All member states to develop strategies, investment and best practice to enhance youth work; promote full labour rights of youth workers; and ensure the minimum professional standards of youth work.
  2. All member states to support youth work education across the Commonwealth, promote the formalisation of youth work as a profession, and include youth development work as a priority area for scholarships and remuneration Colombo Declaration on Youth (2014); World Conference on Youth.