Updated: Mar 24, 2021
Youth workers today face tough, ever-increasing demands supporting a population burdened with the multiplying and intensifying challenges of unemployment, the pandemic, conflict and climate change. The secretariat of the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries, has invited Commonwealth countries to pause for a week to celebrate the achievements of youth workers during Youth Work Week from 2 to 6 November. Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, says under the theme ‘Ambitious for Youth Work’, the week is an opportunity to explore strategies to improve support mechanisms for professionals, boosting the impact of their work and recognizes the responsibility youth workers take on and sacrifices they make. She says over recent months across the Commonwealth, they have witnessed a wave of protests online and on the streets demanding social change and the Commonwealth Secretariat have been listening.
“What we are hearing is our young people are fearful for their lives and their future and many are reluctant to dream because they regard their employment and education prospects as being grim. We aim to raise awareness of youth work, its’ role during the pandemic, to build partnerships with youth workers associations, develop networking platforms, promote ambition in youth work and advocate for enhanced commitments and investments to empower youth workers,” According to Scotland, the week includes a briefing for high commissioners, youth workers and youth work associ