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The Open Society Foundations are committed to empowering young people by supporting efforts to increase access to quality education. From early childhood to higher education, we work to ensure young people from different backgrounds have equal access to education and to promote critical thinking, respect for diverse opinions, and free and open intellectual inquiry.

Around the world, young men and women are standing up for the right of all children to have access to a good quality education. Education and Youth Development (EYD) develops innovative programs to support academic achievement, civic involvement, and the physical and emotional development of children and youth.

There is a clear link between getting a year https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_and_Youth_Corps 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for all young people.  In their communities and countries, young people are demanding better education services, more training for teachers, and more accountability from elected leaders through targeted advocacy and monitoring.

Young people want to have options and choices that are real and that they can control themselves. A lot of young people despair because they’re not being encouraged, they’re not given the space, to participate in decision making. For example, in education, the way education is conducted is often prescribed by somebody else.

In terms of access to the labour market, young people are often offered the kinds of jobs that do not really take into account the opinions of young people. So if you get an internship, it’s often for some mundane task, not really valuing your experience or your aspirations.