Youth participatory research – new reports from UNICEF – we cant lose another generation.

It is often the case that research is undertaken on young people -but the tide is turning and there are more examples of engaging young people in research as researchers themselves. Apart from supporting Article 12 of the CRC (right to free expression and the right to be listened to, these reports remind us that education reform without engaging with the main stakeholders will not be effective. These reports are comprehensive and key points can be applied across the globe. From other reports we are finding out that many school students are just not learning – we cant lose yet another generation.

Demand for Education Innovation: Adolescent and Youth Perspectives on Education Quality in the CEECIS Region


In 2010, UNICEF RO CEECIS and the UNICEF Kosovo, Georgia and Tajikistan Country Offices engaged 89 young people in Kosovo, Georgia and Tajikistan as youth researchers to work with an international research team and national implementation partners to design, test and implement nationally representative studies of youth opinions of education quality in their respective countries. The study involved 2,444 youth respondents overall, including 1,963 randomly sampled and surveyed 13- to 24-year-olds (517 in Kosovo, 581 in Georgia and 865 in Tajikistan), and another 481 youth of the same age range engaged in 61 focus group discussions. Dozens more participated in four youth consultations, where youth developed survey topics and questions, and in events to develop youth advocacy statements.

The full report is available here 


From the same region:

Case Study on Youth Participatory Research on Education Quality in CEECIS: Innovative Practices, Lessons Learned and Recommendations


A new case study on youth participatory research supported by UNICEF’s Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition (EEPCT) programme, or Back on Track, looks at the methodology and processes used in ‘A Study of Adolescent and Youth Perspectives on Education Quality in the Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) Region’ (henceforth referred to as ‘Adolescent and Youth Perspectives Research’).

The full report is available here 


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