On Wednesday (28), an initiative entitled “One Million Opportunities” was launched by companies, civil society, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). The objective of the action is to generate, in the next two years, one million opportunities for teenagers and young from 14 to 24 years old.

The project will be transmitted through a digitalform payment easy to access, which will assist participants in the search for quality information on opportunities and training for the labor market.

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Everything will be available on the initiative's website and application and the effective completion of each opportunity by the participating companies through a membership agreement will be subject to monitoring by the project organization.

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The project's digital platform will assist participants in the search for opportunities. Image: Gpointstudio / Shutterstock

The project's main focus is on adolescents and young people in vulnerable situations, such as blacks and browns, indigenous people, residents of urban peripheries and rural areas and people with disabilities. In addition, the initiative is based on four pillars: access to quality education; digital inclusion and connectivity; fostering entrepreneurship and the role of adolescents and young people; and access to the world of work in internship opportunities, apprentice and formal employment.

“We must care for, encourage and support the education of all young people, especially those who are in a situation of vulnerability, because in them we credit the hope of a Brazil fairer and more egalitarian. We have to work to ensure more opportunities for everyone, ”said Juliana Azevedo, executive at P&G Brasil.

Young Brazilians

It is worth mentioning that Brazil, at the moment, has 48 million inhabitants aged 10 to 24 years. According to Unicef, it is the largest generation of adolescents and young people in the country's history. However, one in four of those belonging to this population does not study or work. 

High school is the stage of education with the highest dropout rates and the advancement of technology can further increase inequality in Brazil - hence the importance of initiatives such as "One Million Opportunities".

“One of the effects of the crisis is that the future of work is coming faster than anticipated. This offers risks and opportunities for the insertion in the formal job market of young people who are graduating and starting their professional trajectory, especially for those in vulnerable situations. As the demand for companies for new skills and qualifications will grow, it is necessary to prepare youth for this scenario with innovative actions ”, said Martin Hahn, director of the ILO office in Brazil.

 

Street: Agency Brazil