IIEP Policy Forum – Paris, 16-18 October 2012 

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Programme

The working languages were in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation in both languages.




Venue: UNESCO Headquarters, Room I
09.00–10.30 Launch of the 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report: Youth, Skills and Work – Putting education to work
Keynote speakers include:
Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Mr Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education
H. E. Emmanuel Bonginkosi Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and training, South Africa
H. E. George Pau-Langevin, Minister Delegate for Educational Success, attached to the Minister of National Education, France 
12.00–14.30 Lunch – UNESCO Cafeteria, 7th Floor
Venue: UNESCO Headquarters, Room II
14.30–15.00 Opening remarks by Mr Khalil Mahshi, Director, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Inauguration of the Forum by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Welcome by Mr Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair, University of Ulster
Welcome by Mr Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair, National University of Ireland, Galway
Welcome by the Hon. Datuk Wira Ir. Idris Haron, President, World Assembly of Youth (WAY)
15.00–16.00 Global Perspectives of Youth Engagement
Chair: Ms Suzanne Grant Lewis, Deputy Director, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Ms Nicola Shepherd, Focal Point on Youth and Head of the Programme on Youth, United Nations, New York
Ms Moufida Goucha, Team Leader, Youth-led Social Innovation Team, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO
Mr Miika Tomi (youth delegate), Finland, co-rapporteur of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum ‘How Youth Drive Change’ October 2011
16.00–16.30 Coffee break
16.30–17.30 Voices from the field
Feedback from youth projects from around the world from event participants and online discussions
Facilitators: Mr Brad Brockman, Equal Education South Africa (youth delegate), and Ms Ediola Pashollari, Secretary General, World Assembly of Youth (WAY)
17.30–18.30 Reception hosted by UNESCO Chairs, NUI Galway, University of Ulster, and UNESCO-IIEP: Celebrating Partnership (Bar des Conférences, Level -1)
Venue: UNESCO Headquarters, Room II
Session 1: Youth supporting education for conflict transformation and peacebuilding
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09.00–09.15 Introduction to the session and overview of conflict transformation and peacebuilding by Mr Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair, University of Ulster
Video Keynote speech: Mr Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation
09.15–09.45 Keynote Speech: Mr Mark Hamilton, Professor, American University’s School of International Service (SIS)
09.45–10.45 A structured conversation between ministers, youth activists, and researchers/practitioners from the peacebuilding community.
Discussants:
Mr Aram Barra, Project Director, Espolea, Mexico (youth delegate)
Ms Lyndsay Bird, Programme Specialist, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Ms Brenda Haiplik, Senior Education Advisor – Emergencies, UNICEF
H.E. Mr Jean-Jacques Nyenimigabo, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Burundi
Mr Lakshitha Saji Prelis, Director of Children and Youth, Search for Common Ground
Moderator: Kate Moriarty, Chief of Section, Section of Education for Peace and Human Rights, UNESCO
10.45–11.15 Coffee break
11.15–12.30 Group work: What are the drivers of conflict in your country? What are the theories of change, and do these match up with the drivers identified? What are the implications for youth policy and programming?
12.30–12.45 Summary of recommendations, by rapporteur Ms Louise Haxthausen,
Programme Coordinator Post-Conflict Post-Disaster, Section for Conflict and
Post-Conflict Operations, UNESCO
12.45–14.15 Lunch - UNESCO Cafeteria, 7th Floor
Session 2: Strengthening young peoples’ skills and opportunities for civic engagement within formal and non-formal education systems
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14.15–14.30 Introduction to the session and overview of civic engagement in formal and non-formal education, by Mr Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair, National University of Ireland, Galway
14.30–15.00 Keynote speech: Ms Chaeli Mycroft, founder of Chaeli Campaign, South Africa (youth delegate)
15.00–16.00 Panel presentation: Opportunities for young peoples’ civic engagement in formal and non-formal education systems
Presenters:
Ms Constance Flanagan, Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison
H.E. Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland (Video Presentation)
Mr Brad Brockman, General Secretary, Equal Education, South Africa (youth delegate), Moderator:
Rob Chaskin, Professor, University of Chicago
16.00–16.30 Coffee break
16.30–17.30 Group work: What skills are needed for civic engagement and promoting civic engagement of youth in education at national and local levels?
17.30–17.45 Summary of recommendations, by Rapporteur Mr Mark Brennan, Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Venue: UNESCO Headquarters, Room II
Session 3: Education and training to develop skills for youth to transition to employment
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09.10–09.10 Introduction to the session, by Mr Borhene Chakroun, Chief of Section, Section for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, UNESCO
09.10–09.25 Overview of the youth transition from education to employment, by Ms Francesca Rosso, Labour Market Expert, European Training Foundation (ETF)
09.25–9.45 Keynote speech: H.E. Mr Haroun Ali Suleiman, Minister of Labour, Economic Empowerment and Cooperatives, Tanzania-Zanzibar
09.45–11.00 Panel debate between senior policy-makers, development agencies, youth, and non- governmental providers: ‘Roles of the state and other stakeholders in connecting education, learning and the world of work.’
Presenters:
Ms Ishita Chaudhry, CEO of the YP Foundation, India (youth delegate)
Ms Rosemary Vargas-Lundius, Senior Research Coordinator, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Mr Marek Lawinski, Capacity Building Specialist and European Project Manager, French National Committee of Apprenticeship in the Construction Industry
Ms Pauline Rose, Director, Education for All Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO
Ms Mereana Te Père, Member, Māori Youth Council, New Zealand (youth delegate)
Mr Michel Carton, Education Specialist, Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training (NORRAG)
H.E. Mr Emmanuel Bonginkosi Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training, South Africa
Moderator:
Mr Borhene  Chakroun, Chief of Section, Section for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, UNESCO
11.00–11.30 Coffee break
11.30–12.30 Group work: How can education and learning better support youth transitions to the world of work?
12.30–12.45 Summary of recommendations, by rapporteur Ms Laura Brewer, Senior Policy Specialist in skills for youth employment, Skills and Employability Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)
12.45–14.15 Lunch – UNESCO Cafeteria, 7th Floor
Session 4: Developing an Agenda for Action
14.15–14.45 Summary of recommendations: presentation of key recommendations from each session rapporteur centred around three areas of education policy, research, and programming
14.45–15.15 Plenary discussion on summary of recommendations
15.15–15.45 Coffee break
15.45–16.30 Setting the Agenda for Action: Panel of minister representatives and youth delegates discuss their commitments to the Agenda for Action
16.30–17.00 Concluding remarks
Mr Khalil Mahshi, Director, UNESCO International Institute for Educational
Planning (IIEP)
Ms Pilar Álvarez-Laso, Assistant Director-General, Social and Human Sciences,
UNESCO
Closing statement
Mr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General, Education, UNESCO