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Paper Title: Empowering Youths: An Alternative Learning Pathway for a Sustainable Future

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Paper Summary:

Young people are the keystones for a better sustainable world. To enforce Malta’s National Education for Sustainable Development Strategy, the NGO Higher Youths was set up. The ethos is to empower youths to further their education and employment skills. This is done through exposure to a variety of learning methods through informal and non-formal education and making their learning personalised and relevant.The organisation creates alliances with other NGOs and promotes active citizenship and sustainable awareness by exposing youths to memorable experiences. This research gave an overview of the Erasmus + Project PECT (Protecting the Environment through Conservation Techniques) for Future Generations, which took place in Tarnava Mare Natura 2000, Transylvania, Romania. 16 young people from Malta and Romania worked together with local community members. The activities and workshops encouraged youths to be self-motivated, increased their employability, and empowered them with the realisation of the need to act and live sustainably.

Authors: Sheryl Green, Stephanie Mamo Portelli

Journal: Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development

Year: 2017

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