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Winners of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills in Action Photo Competition 2019

UNESCO-UNEVOC invited photographers from around the world to capture unique moments highlighting Skills in Action. The more than 350 submissions focused on how TVET is empowering young people in their communities according to three priority areas:

  • Encouraging youth employment and entrepreneurship – showing how youth are able to put acquired skills into practice, leading to securing jobs or starting their own businesses.
  • Promoting equity and gender equality – showing how access to skills development should be for all young people and how skills development can overcome gender stereotypes and inequality issues.
  • Facilitating transition to sustainable economies and societies - showing how young people with greening and digital (ICT) skills can help build sustainable societies and help address climate change and sustainable development related issues.
We are proud to announce the winners of the Skills in Action Photo Competition 2019.

1st Prize winner

Becky the entrepreneur - Ruth Oluniyi Pemisola, Nigeria

CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO © UNESCO-UNEVOC/Ruth Oluniyi Pemisola

Description: This is a picture of a young Nigerian graduate named Becky. She developed a great passion for baking cakes and pastries back in school. Her school faced several challenges due to strikes before she eventually graduated. During these periods, she invested her time in developing her baking skills. After graduation, she decided to build a baking business to take care of her aged parents and younger sibling. This picture was taken at Ajuwon Local Government Area Lagos Nigeria by Oluniyi Pemisola.

2nd Prize winner

Drum maker - Alejandro Marecos, Paraguay

CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO © UNESCO-UNEVOC/Alejandro Marecos

Description: Drum makers from the mountains of UAE are showing their skills by producing a traditional instrument during the Sharjah Heritage Days in Sharjah - United Arab Emirates.

3rd Prize

Healthy cultivation - Pranab Basak, India


Description: This picture was taken in Mathurapur, West Bengal, India. It depicts successful cultivation of green vegetables and their transportation to the local market. Raising agricultural productivity improves the rural economy, which is crucial to ensure food security, generate employment and reduce poverty in rural India. After receiving proper training, young people are cultivating harvests.

Also, congratulations to the Top 20 finalists (in no particular order) as follows:

The rest of the entries will be uploaded in the UNEVOC Flickr page.

Thank you to all the participants for once again making this year’s Skills in Action Photo Competition a success!

Winners of the previous competitions

View winners of SkillsinAction Photo Competition 2018

View winners of SkillsinAction Photo Competition 2017

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