Youth and changing realities: Rethinking secondary education in Latin America

Cover showing a youth sitting on rail tracks facing away
The present study aims to enrich the debate on youth disengagement from secondary education – focusing on the Latin American region – to provide recommendations for policy-makers and identify future lines of enquiry on the road to SDG4-Education 2030.

Specifically, it seeks to enhance knowledge on the relevance of secondary education and curricula, especially for youth, and addresses the need to regain young learners’ trust in education and to arrive at more positive social constructions of youth among educators, parents and education authorities. In so doing, this study explores the subjective dimension
of youth identity – their disengagement in particular – in an effort to supplement available data on the structures, coverage and effectiveness of national education systems. It also looks at how educational experiences shape youth cultures and identities as well as their attitudes toward education and its potential to improve individual and collective well-being.

youth, secondary education, youth disengagement, global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Marginalized & Vulnerable group:
Curriculum, Inclusive Pedagogy & Practices, Language of Instruction, Physical Learning Environment, Educational Staff Professional Development, Violence & Bullying
Level of Education:
Primary & Secondary
Type of Resources:
Research & Policy Papers
Latin America & the Caribbean
Language of Publication:
English, Spanish