“Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide… you want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it. And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.”
The number of youth between the ages of 10 and 24 has recently hit a record 1.8 billion, with 85% of youth currently living in the developing world. And yet, nearly one in ten youths in communities around the world are considered "NEET" (Not in Employment, Education or Trianing), with young women often participating less in the workforce than men.
However, it has also been established that the world's youth are often more socially conscious than their predecessors, with many desirable of change and social impact. They are also more in tune with the changing zeitgeist: political climates, cultural shifts, and technological advancements. Most of this potential, however, remains untapped.
The USFMEP therefore believes in partnering with the world's youth to develop solutions to current global issues, including unemployment, environmental protections, sustainability, armed conflict, and discrimination in all forms. We believe that international events such as the global economic crisis and violations of humanitarian law affects all, regardless of gender and age.
And we are devoted to educating and empowering the youth, who may one day play an important role in shaping the future of our world and society. Their paritcipation in both community and civic society will shape the future of our world in the centuries to come; and it is our hope that the USFMEP may empower today's youth to become the leaders of tomorrow, working towards a better future for us all.
To learn more about USFMEP’s programs in youth development, click on the links below:
Montessori Schools Model UN-2012
Montessori Schools Model UN- 2011
Youth Interfaith Dialogue for Peace and Mutual Understanding-2011
UFMEP President, Salwa Kader, Speaks at University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)-2010
UN International Day of Peace at Saint Mary University-2007
International Peace Day Conference with Muslim Youth Association-2005
International Peace Day Conference with Muslim Youth Association-2004