Each year the CSCLeaders Curriculum Think Tank
sets a challenge which addresses a fundamental issue of today.
The 2014 Challenge is:
How do you get societal - as well as economic - value out of
You will have your own experiences, opinions and expertise to draw
upon when you think about and explore this challenge. We will
also be sending you links to relevant articles on different themes
related to the challenge to stimulate your thinking.
Here are some interesting articles on youth and
innovation. Please share your thoughts as well as any
reports, articles or blogs which you come across related to the
CSCLeaders Challenge with others via LinkedIn.
BYND2015 Global Youth Summit: ICTs hold the key to shape
World youth set priorities for post-2015 development agenda.
Have a look at the challenges posed and some of the ideas young
people have contributed in the 'archived' section here: http://ideas.itu.int/category/view
Africa: Empowering the Disabled Through
All Africa, October 2013
The link between disability and poverty is, in the words of the
World Bank, "strong, and goes in both directions". Many people with
disabilities struggle to survive every day in the wake of conflicts
and wars, which swell their numbers. This exacerbates the delivery
of basic services hitting the disabled, especially women, even
harder. Stigma and exclusion from education often prevail. Thus
simply accessing the fundamental right to education becomes
The work of a group in Ghana shows that e-readers could be
a far more practical way to raise literacy levels than paper
The Guardian, September 2013
In a dusty schoolroom in Kade, a small town 75 miles from Accra,
the capital of Ghana, 40-odd children sit on rickety wooden
benches, in front of equally rickety desks. Kade has a population
of 16,500, and its main business is the local mine: a rich source
of gold and diamonds. These children don't see a lot of the mine's
produce, but in front of them, on those rickety desks, sits
something unexpected and of potentially greater value in the long
term: brand new e-readers.
Innovation in renewable-energy technologies is
MIT News, October 2013
New study shows that research investments and growing markets have
fueled a huge rise in new patents.
Beyond 'out-of-the-box': Youth and innovation in
NO youth issues should be discussed without the youth. With 60% of
Bangladeshis under the age of 30, the country has one of the
largest youth populations in the world. Bangladesh's march to
middle-income status needs to be led by the next generation and
their innovations, determination and optimism. The flight of the
country's success depends on ensuring greater space for the youth
to be leaders, change agents, decision makers.
100 Women: Why tech needs a makeover to attract
The UK has a massive skills gap. Only 17% of the UK's tech jobs
are held by women. In Stem subjects generally women make up just
13% of the workforce. In engineering women fare even worse, taking
up just 8% of the jobs.
Commonwealth Junior Election Professionals initiative
launched in India
21 October 2013
The Commonwealth today launched its first training event for
junior election professionals in New Delhi, India.
The six-day programme, attended by election professionals from 23
national election management bodies from across the Commonwealth,
will examine the role of technology in elections - particularly as
it relates to voter education, voter registration and election day
Gilding the gum tree - scientists strike gold in
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Geoscientists in Perth have discovered gold particles in the
leaves, twigs and bark of eucalyptus trees, claiming a "eureka"
moment which could revolutionise gold mining.
Eucalyptus trees in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia are
drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and
depositing it in their leaves and branches.