Waiting for change: enduring educational outcomes

A key to understanding the relationship between education and transformation lies in perceiving the ways in which it is possible for youth around the world to make sense of their everyday lives in a rapidly changing world. Taking the view that education is not only about what it does but who it addresses, it is imperative to understand the lived experience of young people. This is possible on two registers: that of locality that is central to the lived experience of young people and of social capital as an outcome of the social and cultural resources available to youth. How do young people reflect on themselves and their futures? On what social forces and personal dilemmas are these based? And how are these grounded in the local as much as in the global both in the nature of the experience as well as in the articulation of it? The underlying premise of my article is that the experience of persistent inequalities as a consequence of personal trajectories and social institutions is central to the experience of youth as is their participation in an increasingly changing global scenario. I focus not so much on the promise that education holds out but on the outcome of education for young people in the spaces that they inhabit in diverse societies.

Keywords: Everyday life, youth, educational transformations, globalization, locality, social inequalities