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World Youth Skills Day

On 15 July, UNESCO-UNEVOC will join the global celebrations to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD). The aim of WYSD is to recognize the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges.

World Youth Skills Day 2020 will take place in a challenging context. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development. UNESCO currently estimates that nearly 70% of the world’s learners are affected by school closures across education levels. Respondents to a survey of TVET institutions, jointly collected by UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank, reported that distance training has become the most common way of imparting skills, with considerable difficulties regarding, among others, curricula adaptation, trainee and trainer preparedness, connectivity, or assessment and certification processes.

Prior to the current crisis, young people aged 15-24 were three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and often faced a prolonged school-to-work transition period. In post-COVID-19 societies, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.


How can you support World Youth Skills Day?

UNEVOC Centres are encouraged to host their own virtual events in celebration of WYSD.

Let us know how you are celebrating WYSD by tagging us on Twitter and Facebook or by submitting information about your event to unevoc.skills(at)unesco.org.

World Youth Skills Day is celebrated across the UNEVOC Network every year. The map below shows some examples of activities carried out by UNEVOC Centres from 2018 to 2019:


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World Youth Skills Day 2020 poster 1

World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) 2020 aims to recognize the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future ...

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World Youth Skills Day 2020 poster 2

World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) 2020 aims to recognize the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future ...

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TVET Youth Stories

As young people continue to showcase their adaptability and resilience at this challenging time, UNESCO-UNEVOC is calling on all TVET youth to submit video stories of how they are coping and continuing to learn during lockdown. These stories will be shared as part of the campaign to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) and highlight the importance of skills development for a resilient youth.

Skills in Action Photo Competition 2020

Due to ongoing closures of schools and training institutions, this year's UNESCO-UNEVOC #SkillsinAction photo competition will be held in September 2020. Continue to check this page for updates.

The annual Skills in Action photo competition highlights how Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is:

Click the link below to view the winners of the Skills in Action Photo Competition 2019.



WYSD SkillsinAction Photos

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UNESCO-UNEVOC's Flickr gallery features albums of the photo entries from the previous SkillsinAction Photo Competitions along with albums of other events. 2018 SkillsinAction Album - https://unevoc.unesco.org/l/625 2017 SkillsinAction Album - ...

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MORE INFO

Access additional information about UN World Youth Skills Day and UNESCO-UNEVOC’s previous celebrations to mark the occasion below.

United Nations resolution on WYSD

UN Website: UN World Youth Skills Day

UNESCO-UNEVOC Youth and Skills



Archive of previous World Youth Skills Day celebrations

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2017

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2018





 

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