The Brazil National High School Exam (ENEM) recently made headlines for its inclusion of several controversial questions. The nationally administered exam included two questions that asked students to take a stance on women’s’ rights in Brazil. Two of the multiple choice questions included excerpts from prominent feminist scholars while the essay’s theme was the prevalence of violence against women in Brazilian society. After the test was administered, the questions caused national debate. Students and politicians alike used social media to express feelings of disdain and support.
This past week, 144 countries across the world hosted events celebrating the United Nations’ Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW). Women’s Entrepreneurship Week was a week long international effort to raise awareness on issues affecting women internationally and encourage women’s entrepreneurship around the world. Some of the organized activities included celebrating the accomplishments of successful women entrepreneurs, discussing global women’s issues and educating aspiring women entrepreneurs.
Sustainable development supports the premise of protecting the environment through development projects to improve the world for the next generation, the Youth. Youth are often viewed as dependent beneficiaries of Development and often overlooked as direct contributors to national and international economies. Despite the considerable spending power of the world’s Youth and their growing political consciousness, cultivation of their intellectual capacity is limited to formal education often excluding explicit development of their role as social and economic contributors. Recommendations following UNESCO’s 9th Annual Youth Forum have uniquely positioned world leaders to shift the paradigm of youth’s role in creating sustainable development.
As Haiti begins the 2015-2016 school year, recently appointed Minister of Education, Namsey Manigat, is resolved to make this year a defining year of change. He has declared, “The time has come…for us to create a new dynamic.” and he means business.