Commonwealth Youth and Development - Volume 5, Issue 1, 2007
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2007
Source: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 2 –10 (2007)More Less
Hoiles and Corney argue strongly in favour of the development of a code of ethical practice by youth workers for youth work. The article focuses on the need in Victoria, Australia, and is set within the context of Australian legislation that governs relationships with children and youth, and children's wellbeing. Their main arguments centre on the safety of clients, the safety and protection of youth workers, and the need to develop a platform of consensus for the professionalisation of youth work.
Author Joseph AmuzuSource: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 11 –25 (2007)More Less
The HIV/Aids epidemic, combined with the demographic, cultural, social and economic factors associated with those living in poverty, presents a significant challenge in establishing sustainable livelihoods. As a group, young women and men are marginalised in society, which results in limited access to resources, including kinship networks, education, land, technology and little or no interaction with formal institutions. Young women in particular, are affected in a disproportionate manner.
The overall goals of this paper are to:
- articulate how the cultural and social position of young people limits their choices and makes them vulnerable to HIV/Aids
- demonstrate how global productivity and security will hinge on developing young people's full potential and engaging them not only as beneficiaries, but also as participants and problem-solvers
Author Steve MokwenaSource: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 26 –51 (2007)More Less
The purpose of this toolkit, Putting youth engagement into practice: a toolkit for action, is to assist organisations and institutions to find ways of bringing in young people as genuine partners in their work. The aim is to open up a dialogue as a way of assessing where we are and where we can go. In doing so, we will be able to create opportunities for young people to play meaningful roles at an operational level as well as in the decision-making structures of organisations by making young people part of their governance.
Terms such as 'youth engagement' and 'youth participation' have found widespread acceptance but they are not straightforward: there is no agreement about who is covered by the term 'youth'. There is no universally agreed definition of youth and the age definitions differ from one society to another. Nor is there agreement on what 'youth participation' entails and so it can range from tokenistic efforts of consultation to youth-led projects. The expectations of what young people are capable of also differ from one organisation to the next.
In this contribution, we have adopted a pragmatic approach, based on the understanding that most established organisations do not have young people under the age of 30 in leadership roles. People under the age of 30 do not participate meaningfully in the operational and governance structures as equals (in this context, 30 is an arbitrary cut-off point, used simply as a representative guide to help us identify young people whom we want to bring into our organisations). For many organisations, this may be higher, and for others, the emphasis may be on much younger groups. In some cases, depending on the work that an organisation does, this group involves young people who are categorised of children. With the right support, they too can be brought into the culture and the institutional structures of our organisations.
Author Amanda ShahSource: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 52 –68 (2007)More Less
In today's modern Commonwealth, members are bound together by more than shared history or a common language. The thread that binds together 53 states from across the globe is shared commitment to a set of common, Commonwealth values. The Harare Declaration, the Fancourt Declaration and the ASO Rock Declaration,2 among others, make it clear that this is an association which values human rights, good governance, sustainable development and human security for all. In our efforts to make these values real, the energies, talents and resources of all Commonwealth citizens will be needed, and these include those of young people.
Source: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 69 –78 (2007)More Less
The world today is a product of the revolutions it has undergone, whether social, industrial or developmental. The eighteenth century's agricultural revolution was followed by the nineteenth-century industrial revolution, which was in turn followed by the twentieth century's digital revolution that continues into the new millennium. The digital revolution promises to be even more dramatic than anything we have seen before.
Author Armstrong AlexisSource: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 79 –90 (2007)More Less
Throughout the Commonwealth and the rest of the world, national youth councils (NYCs) are considered to be at a significant crossroads. The relationship between young people and their self-governing institutions and the responsibility of governments to provide support, avenues and opportunities for effective youth development have often blurred the boundaries of responsibility and ownership of those councils.
Author Chandu ChristianSource: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 91 –108 (2007)More Less
At its commissioning, this paper was given a distinct mandate : it was to be a strategic paper. So what exactly does 'strategy' mean? Its origins lie in the Greek language where strategos meant a leader of the army, a general, who devised a plan, a strategia, to win a battle. Encarta Dictionary defines the more modern use of the word as 'a carefully devised plan of action to achieve a goal'.
Author Keith BellSource: Commonwealth Youth and Development 5, pp 109 –127 (2007)More Less
The increased use of technology and global access to information combined with the changing nature of the traditional family structure have resulted in a large number of young people who, while technically smarter and more astute, lack the fundamental discipline and support most commonly seen in two-parent traditional families. Coupled with the new, materialistic images portrayed by the surrogate parents and role models from film, television and music, to which the youth (many of whom are 'latchkey' children) are exposed during their formative years, this climate has caused increased delinquency and criminal behaviour among the young people of The Bahamas, the Caribbean and the wider world.