World Youth Skills Day is a United Nations-sponsored event dedicated to equipping young people around the world with the skills needed for employment, work and entrepreneurship. The events of the day provide an opportunity for dialogue between young people, organizations, employers and labor organizations, policy makers, technical and vocational education and training organizations, and development partners.
World Youth Skills Day History
The United Nations General Assembly declared July 15, 2014 as World Youth Skills Day. The Incheon Declaration: Today marks the achievement of Education 2030, a lifelong learning opportunity for all to “ensure and promote comprehensive and equitable quality education” as part of Sustainable Development Goal 4. ”
World Youth Skills Day 2021 Significance
The Education 2030 mission devotes a major part of its vision to the development of technical and vocational skills, particularly access to affordable quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Through this initiative, the United Nations has asked its member countries to provide technical and professional skills for youth employment, good work and entrepreneurship.
World Youth Skills Day promotes the elimination of gender inequality and the availability of resources to those who are vulnerable. According to the UN, TVET has a responsibility to address the many demands of an economic, social and environmental nature by helping young people and adults develop the skills needed for employment, good work and entrepreneurship.
These changes are also needed to promote equitable, comprehensive and sustainable economic growth and to support green economies and environmental sustainability.
World Youth Skills Day 2021 theme
This year, World Youth Skills Day will once again take place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations will pay tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth through the pandemic and its aftermath.
The event takes into account how TVET systems adapt to the epidemic and recession and participants think about how those systems engage in recovering losses. This year’s event also comes with priorities that young people in the world should adopt after Covid-19