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This virtual conference on Skills for a Resilient Youth was moderated by Terry Neal from the Commonwealth of Learning. It was organized as part of the celebration for World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) 2020, and coordinated by UNESCO-UNEVOC in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning.
Every year on 15 July, the global community celebrates World Youth Skills Day. The day is an opportunity for young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, and public and private sector stakeholders to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.
World Youth Skills Day 2020 took place in a challenging context. The COVID-19 pandemic substantially affected education and training sectors worldwide in two ways:
Virtual conferences are asynchronous discussions that take place on the TVeT Forum. The moderator opens threads around specific topics and questions, and all participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussion by posting messages.
The following threads were opened for discussion on the days specified:
|Monday, 6 July||Implications of the pandemic on youth skills development|
|Tuesday, 7 July||TVET institutions: Good practices in distance learning in no-, low- and high-tech scenarios|
|Thursday, 9 July||Labour market: Implications of the pandemic on jobs and future skills development|
|Friday, 10 July||Young people: Perspectives on their hopes and fears going forward|
|Monday, 13 July||TVET systems: System-wide responses to the impact of the pandemic|
The virtual conference provided an opportunity for participants to: