Youth are viewed as being at a very specific stage when people have to negotiate a complex relationship between personal and socio-economic changes to overcome the 'transition' from dependence to independence, take effective control of their lives and assume social commitments. Education plays a vital role in helping our youth through this important milestone in their lives, yet the relevance and quality in the educational systems lags behind in today's world and remains insufficiently linked to sustainable development issues. For example, at a time where our future depends on the expansion of the green economy, fewer and fewer young people are pursuing careers associated with sustainable development. Therefore, to build a responsible society, education must stay relevant to the changing world; it must be accompanied by early participation in formal, non-formal and informal education and specific labour markets.
The RCE Saskatchewan Youth Committee is committed for the advancement of sustainable development within the province. The Committee's vision is to create programmes and projects that have local, national, and international significance concentrated on an overarching theme of innovation in three main categories: education, research, and youth public policy.
Education for Sustainable Development encompasses complex amalgamation of issues relevant to the environment, society and the economy. The goal is to create a better understanding of how our present production and consumption patterns impact the planet's natural resources and natural equilibria. It also implies the ability and capacity of different peoples around the world and future generations to meet their needs.
Research addresses the need for systematic approaches for emerging technologies and industries. Research and innovation plays the greatest role for sustainability in creating economic innovation which can revitalize national economies and their private sector.
Youth oriented policies and strategies are often poorly developed or non-existent. Consequently, there is a need to share knowledge and expertise in this public policy field and to produce tools to assist all orders of government in addressing youth issues systematically. Empowering youth in decision-making processes will not only benefit their socio-economic environment but also their own capacity and personal development.
The goal of the Committee is to help develop tomorrow's leaders working for a sustainable world. Additionally, the Committee is focused on contributing to Saskatchewan's economic growth and its innovative technological capacity, which will be shared with Least Developed Countries and Small Developing Island States. The Committee will further help Canada fulfill its commitments for the Millennium Development Goals, the advancement of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, and the programmes and priorities of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.