Survery says, in the year following 2000's there were estimated to be a 10 million street vendors in India. These and many more facts were revealed by the UNESCO's (United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations tenth Education for All Global Monitoring Report - Putting Education To Work, stressing on the urgent need to invest in skills for youth.
Though many impressive progress in enrolling children in schools in Country like India, the report shows that few are on track to meet the six Education for all goals set in 2000, and some are a long way behind. In South and West, over 91 million people aged 15-24 have not even completed primary school and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity.
This is equivalent to more than a quarter of the region's youth population and the greatest number of unskilled young people of any region in the world. Almost one half of the population in South and West Asia is under 25 years old. Worldwide over an 8 of young people are unemployed; one quarter is trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line. As the effects of the global economic crisis continue to be felt, the severe lack of youth skills in more damaging than ever.
In South and west Asia, about 13 million are still missing out on Primary school and 31 million teenagers are out of secondary school, missing out on vital skills for future employment. There is also a learning crisis: Worldwide, 250 million children of primary school age cannot read or write, whether they are in school or not.
The Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said "We are witnessing a young generation frustrated by the chronic mismatch between skills and work. The best answer to the economic downturn and youth unemployment is to ensure that young people acquire the basic skills and relevant training they need to enter the world of work with confidence."
"Many youth, and women in particular, need to be offered alternative pathways to education, so that they gain the skills to earn a living, live in dignity and contribute to their communities and societies", he added.
According to the sources, In richer countries, a lack of investment in young people's skills has contributed to spiraling unemployment statistics. In 2020, 57 million jobs will be needed in South and West Asia. Poor young populations, urban and rural, are the most in need of skills training. In urban areas, the youth population is larger than it has ever been and growing; more than one third of those living in urban areas in the region live in slums. Often they end up in informal labour without standard work conditions and earning little more than $1.25 per day. In India in the mid 2000's there were estimated 10 million street vendors in the country.
'The lack of Education is in-turn resulting in Unemployment.'
So, what do you think about this issue, that India is facing. How important is Education? Should Educational importance be provided to those in need people in the Urban and Rural areas. What will be the impact of this? Share your views.