Delegate: Ms. Skljarszka
55. Ms. Skljarszka (Slovakia), speaking as a youth delegate, said that Governments were failing youth by providing education that was out of step with their needs. Young people were inflexible — prisoners of their own ideological and social bubbles — because rigid curriculums ignored the importance of teaching respect for different cultural values and traditions. Youth were close-minded because schools emphasized memorization over critical thinking. Youth were exciting, original and creative, but educational systems stunted their potential by rewarding only one mode of intelligence. Youth were unemployed, because schools did not encourage the innovation and flexibility needed to find work in the contemporary job market. She urged her audience and all young people to take active steps to bring about the needed changes in their national education systems.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/68/SR.4