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World Youth Skill Day 2021

World Youth Skill Day:

Every year, 15th July is observed as the World Youth Skills Day.

  • It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014.
  • Aim:
    • To equip young people around the world with essential skills for employment, work, and entrepreneurship.
    • To achieve the Incheon Declaration: Education 2030, “which devotes considerable attention to technical and vocational skills development, specifically regarding access to affordable quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.’’
    • This vision is fully captured by Sustainable Development Goal-4, which aims to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
    • To eliminate gender disparity.
  • Theme for 2021:
    • ‘Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic’.

State of Youth Employment and Schools during Covid-19:

  • According to the estimates of UNESCO, schools were shut down for over 30 weeks in 50% of the countries between March 2020 and May 2021.
  • Respondents to a survey of the TVET, which was jointly collected by UNESCO, the ILO and the World Bank, revealed that distance learning was the most common way of imparting skills.
  • Youth employment fell 8.7% last year, compared with 3.7% for adults.