We are pleased to present the outcomes of the Global Social and Financial Skills Conference 2023, captured in the Utrecht Declaration and Commitment to Action.
From November 1-3, 2023, youth delegates, government representatives, educators, and organisations converged in Utrecht, the Netherlands, at the invitation of Aflatoun International. Building on the principles of the Youth Declaration on Transforming Education and the United Nations Secretary General’s Vision Statement on Transforming Education, the conference served as a platform to strengthen the global commitment and action towards transforming education, specifically emphasising social and financial education for children and youth.
The declaration reflects a profound understanding of the evolving needs of today’s youth. In a rapidly globalising world, social and financial education emerges as a catalyst for cultivating responsible global citizens who comprehend the intricate links between social issues and economic challenges. We acknowledge that current education systems often fall short of effectively addressing the social, environmental, and economic challenges faced by children worldwide.
The Declaration not only recognises the positive impact of life skills and financial education but also issues a resounding call to action. Urging governments, educators, and stakeholders, it advocates for policy frameworks, inclusive curricula, and teacher support to ensure equitable access to quality social and financial education.
Furthermore, the Declaration underscores the importance of addressing gender disparities, promoting inclusivity for marginalized groups, and harnessing the digital revolution for effective education delivery. It highlights the role of social and financial education in climate action, peacebuilding, and humanitarian settings.
The Utrecht Declaration is a testament to our shared commitment to equipping the younger generation with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate an ever-changing world. Together, we advocate for a future where every child has access to quality social and financial education, fostering a more sustainable and globally aware society in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals.
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