Secondary Education and Youth cultures in Latin America
This workshop addressing youth disengagement from secondary education is being organized jointly by ERF (Education, research and foresight), IBE and IIEP Buenos Aires
“Rethinking Education” (2015), has highlighted a growing frustration and disillusion among youth in many contexts with regard to the relevance of formal education in a changing world. It poses the question of how the relevance of formal education, particularly at the secondary level, may be enhanced to make it more responsive to the needs of learners.
This project aims to better understand youth characteristics and the gap that often exists between their realities and aspirations and the nature of secondary education provision. Preliminary research underway seeks to identify regional trends in youth disengagement from secondary schooling in the Latin American and the Caribbean region based on an analysis of existing survey data. This preliminary phase of research will also review existing literature that attempt to explain patterns of disengagement and the way in which youth perceive the relevance of secondary education to their present and future. The study is being coordinated jointly with the International Bureau of Education. The preliminary study in the Latin American and Caribbean region is being undertaken by the International Institute for Education Planning in Buenos Aires before its extension to other regions.