Social exclusion and unemployment often cause marginalization, and young people who are marginalized are more susceptible to developing and maintaining delinquent behaviour, which has also become a severe social issue worldwide.
Employment is a major concern among all societies with youth being greatly disadvantaged due to inadequate education, lack of training, skills or experience. As a result, many of the youth feel socially excluded and will not reach out to access basic information and communication, goods and services that are available to help them.
The role of education in today’s society is critical in meeting the needs of young people and helping them to cope with the realities in which they live – yet contemporary education has taken little advantage of evolving technology, and still relies on social hierarchies and a rigidly structured knowledge transfer format.
If we are to shape the future of today’s young people and prepare them physically, mentally and socially for the world of work in later life, we must realise young people grow and learn best through active engagement and meaningful involvement - the benefits of which include a decrease in the rate of substance abuse, negative behaviour, and an increase in academic performance and a more meaningful connection with his or her community.