Delegates: Ms. Kormanova, Mr. Daskalov
2. Ms. Kormanova (Bulgaria), speaking as a youth delegate, said that quality education followed by decent work were the top priorities of young Bulgarians, based on a recent nationwide survey that the youth delegates had conducted. Teachers should use more inspiring, modern methods to develop the skills that young people would need for the labour market of the future. Moreover, digital technologies should be better incorporated into secondary and tertiary curricula to increase accessibility and inclusivity.
3. Mr. Daskalov (Bulgaria), speaking as a youth delegate, said that young Bulgarians demanded fair pay that reflected their level of education, the complexity of their positions and their practical expertise. Furthermore, remuneration must be enough to support an adequate standard of living and employment should be compatible with work-life balance. Those issues could be addressed through paid internships that were part of the educational curriculum, informal education, vocational education that included apprenticeships, and apprenticeships that matched market demands and were partially funded by Governments. Also, employers must invest in the continuous professional development of their employees, providing them with opportunities for growth.
4. The jobs of the future must decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. Young people were a driving force for change, but they could not act alone. He called for collective action from the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Member States to develop and implement youth-centred policies, with a focus on learner-centric education, quality employment, well-being and protection of the environment.
UN Doc.: A/C.3./74/SR.4
UN Doc.: A/C.3./74/SR.4, 2 October 2019, p. 2, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/bulgaria-2019/.