Building Stability and Security
We cannot stop terrorism or defeat the ideologies of violent extremism when hundreds of millions of young people see a future with no jobs, no hope, and no way to catch up to the developed world.
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
By 2050, there will be 1.2 billion youth around the world – with nine out of ten in developing countries. This means that most young people are coming of age in societies that lack basic education and employment opportunities.
Improving the educational outcomes of the world’s most vulnerable children is a matter of both national and global security.
At an individual level, education is a key factor of whether people have the capabilities – the literacy, the confidence, and the attitudes – they need to actively participate in society. And, as many countries work to rebuild after years of conflict, education is a key component in any development strategy.
Globally, education is a critical component to building long-term stability and security. Education not only helps to build tolerance and understanding but provides a path to a better life. As the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Commission on Smart Power observed, “Education is the best hope of turning young people away from violence and extremism.â€