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The Status of Youth and Rural Education in Small-Scale Fisheries

The body of knowledge describing youth in agri-food systems is growing. However, there is a notable lack of evidence and studies explicitly related to the status of young people in fish-dependent communities, or the roles young learners, educators, and schools play in the realization of sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. The primary purpose of this exploratory literature review is to address this gap. This review will inform the development of an experimental common worlds curriculum that utilizes FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, or the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines, as a pathway for young learners from SSF communities to explore their relationships with their aquatic environments, communities, and social-ecological resources in playful, creative and actionable ways. 

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Common World

Common world pedagogies center on collective learning that expands from human agency and pays attention to the mutuality and interdependence of human and non-human relations (Taylor, 2017).

Adventure-based Learning (ABL)

ABL describes the purposeful use of sequenced activities, including games, trust activities, and problem-solving or team challenges, for personal and social development outcomes (EONZ, 2022).

Place-based Education

PBE takes a school's geographic location as a context for learning, using places and their natural-cultural resources as a foundation for learning across disciplines" (Smith, 2002).

Youth-led Action Participatory Research (YPAR)

YPAR is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development based in social justice principles in which young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them (YPAR Hub, 2022).

Social-Emotional Learning  (SEL)

SEL is a methodology that helps students of all ages to better comprehend their emotions, to feel those emotions fully, and demonstrate empathy for others. 

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