While primary school completion rates in low- and middle-income countries are now nearing 100%, lower-secondary school completion rates are still at only 40% in low-income countries. Alarmingly, drop-out rates from secondary school have been rising in recent years, leaving many young people worldwide in low-productivity jobs. In addition to a lack of schooling, the generally low quality of education combined with stagnant job creation have led to a precarious youth labor market situation in many countries.
Investments in education and vocational skills training can increase the likelihood that youth find productive and gainful work - a key element of inclusive growth. However, increasing participation in or the quality of education will not lead to decent employment opportunities if the skills taught do not match those demanded by the labor market. Moreover, education systems cannot operate in a vacuum: policies and institutions must support the utilization of newly acquired skills.
The aim of the Education and Decent Work for Youth (LELAM2020) conference is to provide a platform for leading scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to reflect on and discuss the drivers of high quality education and training, as well as improved working conditions, for youth in developing countries. Over two days, the conference will feature three keynote speakers, academic parallel sessions, project presentations from practice, and multiple policy plenary sessions.
We invite contributions from economics, sociology and educational science that address the following (or closely related) topics for low- and middle-income countries:
Only submissions of extended abstracts or full papers (min. 3 pages) are accepted. These should be submitted through this website. Therefore, please go on the tab "Conference submissions and registration as attendee".
Opening call for papers: November 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2020