In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day to recognise the strategic importance of providing young people with the skills they need for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship. The day also emphasises the critical role of educated youth in tackling current and future global issues.
The day offers a unique chance for young people, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, businesses, employers, legislators, and others to interact. On this day, the Skill India Mission was also launched.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures, which have resulted in the international closure of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, World Youth Skills Day will take place in a tough situation this year, worrying the vitality of skills development.
According to UNESCO, school closures have affected over 70% of the world's students at all levels of education. According to a survey of TVET institutions conducted by UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the World Bank, distance learning is now the most common method of imparting skills, despite significant challenges such as curricula adaptation, trainee and trainer preparedness, connectivity, and assessment and certification processes.
More than one out of every six young people is today unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time when young people are being asked to help with the recovery effort, it is critical that they have the skills to properly manage potential challenges and, as a result, the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.
Theme And Event For World Youth Skills Day 2021
"Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic" is the theme of World Youth Skills Day 2021. The Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal to the United Nations, as well as the Office of the Secretary-Envoy General's on Youth, UNESCO, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), will host a virtual event to reflect on the skills that are required today and in the future. The day takes place in a difficult atmosphere, with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and causing considerable disruption in the TVET sector.
History Of World Youth Skills Day
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in December 2014 declaring 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. The day's major goal is to improve the socio-economic situation for today's youth in terms of unemployment and underemployment.
Significance Of World Youth Skills Day
Youth unemployment is on the rise, and it is the most pressing issue confronting today's economies and society in both industrialised and developing countries. According to reports for youth, technology, and the future of jobs, the number of youth Not in Employment, Education, or Training (NEET) has increased since 2017.
The United Nations General Assembly declared World Youth Skills Day on July 15, 2014, with the goal of providing an opportunity for young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, public and private sector stakeholders to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.