Ahmet Soguktas (middle left)
"Getting young people to see their creativity as a means of changing their communities and the world will be catalyst"
Meet Ahmet Soguktas, an expert on youth and urbanization, entrepreneurship, development, participation, volunteering, social inclusion, humanitarian action, and international affairs. Ahmet has worked extensively at global, regional and national levels with civil society, governments, private organizations, the private sector, academia, and youth-led organizations.
Ahead of his participation at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum in New York on 8-9 April, Ahmet answered two questions on the youth perspective of Sustainable Development Goal 4 and on skills for the 21st century.
Which skills are a priority for young people to enable access to employment and decent jobs?
Being skilled in reading and writing is essential for young people to have access to decent jobs and employment. It is important for young people to be able to read at the appropriate level of their age and class year, and have the skills to be critical thinkers. This requires access to books, paper, and pen, and/or technology to read and write with.
What skills are needed for better political, social, and economic participation of young people?
It is important for young people to use and expand their creativity, and it is essential to develop leadership skills. Creativity and leadership used together will create a bridge to allow young people to share new ideas and participate in the discussions involving other leaders around them. Leadership skills will make young people excited about being involved in their community in many different ways. Getting young people to see their creativity as a means of changing their communities and the world will be a catalyst for youth participation in many forms.