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"Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis”
In 2015, the Chair in cooperation with MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES conducted the survey "Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis". The survey invited young people (15-35 yrs old) from all the Mediterranean countries to share their thoughts about sustainability issues, the current economic and sociopolitical crisis as well as their vision for the future. 428 young people responded from 25 countries (mainly from the Mediterranean region). In a nutshell:
i. More than 90% of the youth was found to be acquainted with the notion of sustainable development;
ii. It seems that the vast majority (92,1%) understand correctly the components of sustainable development;
iii. However, they consider that the majority of the young people know “not so much” (39,7%) or “a little” (37,4%) about sustainable development. Only a 9,3% state that the young people know “very much so”;
iv. They considered the following as top priorities to be eventually tackled by ESD: human rights (the 34,8%),environmental protection (20,2%), reduction of unemployment (16,1%), and, access to high quality of water (13,6%);
v. Many of them (43%) who have participated in a civil society or voluntary work, seem to have better understanding of sustainable development issues and to undertake more readily activities for the protection of the environment and the social welfare;
vi. The majority chose “by doing” as the most efficient/preferable the approach of learning.
The collected data were used for scientific purposes (see thesis of Touli, 2016,) as well as for informing the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD that was adopted in the Ministerial Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, December 2016 (see 2.b.II).

"Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis”

The survey "Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis" (run by UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean/UoA and MEdIES) finally reached 430 young people (15-35 yrs old) from 25 countries (Mediterranean region). The survey invited the youth to share their thoughts about sustainability issues, the current economic and sociopolitical crisis as well as their vision for the future.

In a nutshell:

- More than 90% of the youth was found to be acquainted with the notion of sustainable development.

- It seems that the vast majority (92,1%) understand correctly the components of sustainable development.

- However, they consider that the majority of the youth know “not so much” (39,7%) or “a little” (37,4%) about sustainable development. Only a 9,3% state that the young people know “very much so”.

- They considered the following as top priorities to be eventually tackled by ESD: human rights (the 34,8%),environmental protection (20,2%), reduction of unemployment (16,1%), and, access to high quality of water (13,6%).

- Many of them (43%) who have participated in a civil society or voluntary work, seem to have better understanding of sustainable development issues and to undertake more readily activities for the protection of the environment and the social welfare.

- The majority chose “by doing” as the most efficient/preferable the approach of learning.

 

When they were asked which they think are the most necessary practices that seem to enhance them (youth) in dealing with the current issues the respondents replied as follows:

To Increase training and vocational Education on Sustainable Development; 88%

To  Allow students to learn in ‘‘alternative ways’’ triggering changes (including organisational ones); 81%

To Ensure equal opportunities for young men and women; 81%

To Adapt the curricula in all educational levels so they enhance knowledge on Sustainable Development issues; 80%

To Make educational institutions showcases of sustainable development practices (e.g. serving energy, water, etc.) 79%

To Stimulate and encourage international understanding among young people in the Mediterranean countries and fight against prejudice and stereotypes; 77%

To Support a smooth transition from education to the labor market; 76%

To Enhance youth leadership, develop strategies/policies to foster youth participation in decision making 75%

To Facilitate more non-formal and informal learning of young people on sustainable development issues (e.g. through student experiential activities, participation in youth exchanges, summer schools, campaigns, etc.) 75%

To Facilitate access to financial opportunities (e.g. microcredits) for youth initiatives 73%

 

 

The collected data were used for scientific purposes (Master thesis of Ms Efthimia Touli, 2016, University of Athens) as well as for informing the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD that was adopted in the Ministerial Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, December 2016.

 

If you wish to obtain more information about the survey please contact the MEdIES Secretariat at info@medies.net

 

 
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