For Generation Z, those were born between 1995 and 2001, change has been constant. They are the first generation who cannot remember a time before the internet, and these students will be shaping the future. The Varkey Foundation recently collected data on these students and found that making a wider contribution to society is more important to many young people around the world, with 67% saying it is import to them (45% ‘important, and 22% very important). Young people in South America believe contributing to society is the most important thing, with 86% of Brazilian students stating its important.
While many youths are optimistic about the future, there is significant concern about the increasing divide between the rich and poor, the continued lack of education for some children, and environmental issues. Among these, growing inequality and the poor provision of education were perceived as easier to solve than climate change. With regards their future, students placed a higher emphasis on developing skills as the most important factor when thinking about their future career, with 24% placing it as a priority. Pay and opportunities for advancement also lead as a factor when thinking about the future, indicating today's high school population understands the importance of education and the benefits of education beyond the classroom.