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Youth stereotypes rejected in OU-sponsored debate at Edinburgh book festival

by on September 3, 2015

The following post is reproduced from The Open University news site with permission of the editor:

How can we stop young people being cut adrift? How can they be inspired to shape the future? These issues were discussed at an event on opportunities for young people which was sponsored by the OU, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015.

Georgia Gould, author of Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens our Future, discussed these concerns with Bruce Pascoe, who shared his experiences of working with disengaged groups in Australia, and with Niall Walker, who works with disadvantaged youngsters in Scotland. The debate was chaired by Colm Linnane from the Scottish Book Trust.

Niall thanked the OU for the accessible, affordable opportunities it gives to young people who might otherwise have been unable to study at higher education level. Around ten per cent of OU in Scotland students are under 22 years of age.

Ahead of the debate, the OU hosted a reception for over 50 people from educational establishments and youth organisations, as well as academics and policy makers. The discussion was one of six events that the OU sponsored at the book festival this year.

Find out what pupils and teachers say about the OU’s Young Applicants in Schools Scheme for secondary pupils in film clips on the OU in Scotland website.

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