What ambitions do young people across the world have?
What do they need to get there? 
What ambitions did older people have when they were younger?
What advice would they give to this younger generation?

What is it?
An investigative project that seeks to explore the ambitions of young people in different communities throughout the world, and the mechanisms and approaches needed to make these a reality.

I am fascinated by what young people want to do and how we – as educators, and as citizens enable this to happen; and whether we are working in the right ways to achieve this.

Earlier this year when developing a new mentor project it was apparent that there was much more to be learnt about the ambitions young people actually had. In parallel it was clear that there was a wealth of advice that adults had but which was not readily being shared with the younger generation and so I wanted to try and connect these two areas.

training 1  Project planning

The How.
From October 2013-April 2014 I am going to be working abroad with a number of educational organisations throughout the world. I will be working in New Zealand, Cambodia and Malaysia and plan to also visit contacts and teachers in the UK, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong as well as engaging with the online community.

As part of this trip – and alongside my different roles, I intend to explore these questions in order to understand more about the trends and contrasts in our communities across the world.

Who will engage with this and why?
–       Young people – to learn of other communities and the issues affecting their peers in order to develop greater awareness of their own situations; and to gain further support for their own situation from the advice and materials posted to the site from other contributors;
–       The wider general public – to understand more about young people in the world today and to involve them to a greater extent through sharing their expertise, in this area of work.
–       Teachers/educators/policy makers – to understand more of the issues impacting students in their own communities as well as to understand the similarities/differences between different communities and the implications this has for them in the future;

Who am I?
My name is Ian, but most people call me Caz. I have worked with a variety of educational and community projects for the past 15 years and have a passion for start-ups and new projects. I am a trained teacher and most recently oversaw the MA in Educational Innovation at the University of Warwick alongside supporting new teachers as they commence their careers.

In the UK I have previously worked for The Young Foundation, Teach First, The Studio Schools Trust, as well as a number of secondary schools. Internationally I have worked in Ghana with Warwick in Africa, in Melbourne with Teach for Australia, in Denmark with Kaospilots, in Peru with The British Expedition Society and in Romania with Nightingales Childrens Project. Away from having educational adventures™ I am generally found trying to convince more people to try triathlon or falling off a surfboard. 

You can contact me via email at theambitionquestion(at)gmail.com
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