Tackling worldwide education challenges in the cognitive era

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education cognitive eraA seemingly intractable problem facing countries across the world is the mismatch between the education of young people and employment.

According, to the United Nations’ International Labor Organization, almost 75 million people ages 15-24 around the world, about 12.6 percent, are unemployed. High levels of youth unemployment and the shortage of critical work skills emphasize the need for solutions that can be scaled to fix the worldwide spread of this disconnect.

IBM recognizes that cloud and cognitive technology can help transform education and training for young people and ultimately help lower youth unemployment.

Kofi Appenteng, President of the Africa-America Institute (AAI) and member of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees, recently visited IBM Austin as part of a ­tour with corporate partners to brainstorm how AAI can play an optimal role connecting public and private interests on a global scale to deal with the education and training challenge.

IBM partners with AAI through our corporate citizenship programs and received a Corporate Responsibility Award from the US-based international organization in 2015.

Appenteng’s visit was an opportunity to listen and to share expertise on the training of young people, as well as learn more about the work AAI does.

Some key takeaways from the discussion included:

  • How education and training can be used to drive improvement and advancement among young people, 11 percent of whom are non-literate.
  • Techniques and approaches for bringing various stakeholders together to make meaningful sustainable impacts.
  • The importance of infrastructure in transforming and enabling young people’s educational opportunities cannot be overemphasized.
  • Fostering engagement between stakeholders can positively impact education and training of young people.

The visit showcased one of the many ways IBM continues to play an important role in tackling some of the world’s most daunting challenges.

As Chalapathy Neti, Director of Education Transformation at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center wrote, “The challenge of providing a quality education to all students is a global one. Two out of every three adults have not received the equivalent of a high school education.”

Talent and talent development is, in the end, the driver of innovation. Cloud and cognitive solutions provide powerful tools that can dramatically lead to improvement in education and training of young people.

Learn more about how IBM is helping spur educational advancements with Cloud Academy and Watson.

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