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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.

Currently, more than 1 in 6 young people are out of work due to COVID-19. 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.

Virtual Event on Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Focusing on resilience, the World Youth Skills Day 2020 will take stock of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on skills development and explore strategies in response to the unfolding economic crisis. This entails preparing young people with the capacities to respond to rapid changes in employment and entrepreneurship in the sectors that are hardest hit by the crisis. In the longer term, this means adapting skills development systems to changes in the world economy that the pandemic and recession will bring.

The event is organized by the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal to the UN, the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, UNESCO and ILO. Join and engage in this virtual celebration which brings together young people, the UN Member States, TVET institutions, the private sector, workers’ organizations, policy makers and development partners. Please sign up here.

Virtual Conference on Skills for a Resilient Youth

The Virtual Conference on Skills for a Resilient Youth takes place from 6-14 July on the TVeT Forum and aims to:

  • assess the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of the pandemic in different country contexts;
  • share good practices from TVET institutions about how they have responded to the pandemic. For example, how institutions have provided distance learning in no-tech, low-tech and high-tech scenarios, and how teachers and trainers have been supported;
  • gain insights from private sector, employee, and employer stakeholders about the impact of the pandemic on their sectors, and the changes in job profiles and skills needs that they foresee;
  • learn from young people about their hopes and fears as well as the opportunities that they see moving forward;
  • reflect on how TVET systems can respond to the short- and medium-term impact of the pandemic, while also keeping in mind longer-lasting challenges.
It is organized as part of the celebrations to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) 2020, and is coordinated by UNESCO-UNEVOC in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning.

The UNEVOC Network Celebrates WYSD 2020

A selection of World Youth Skills Day activities from the UNEVOC Network:

CIVTE, China

CIVTE is hosting a virtual conference on the theme of “Fighting against COVID-19 and promoting the development of TVET students — China’s TVET in action”.

NSU, Pakistan

NSU is holding a virtual national seminar to raise awareness of skills education, promote various indigenous skills, identify upcoming skills requirements and identify challenges to skilled workers during the pandemic.

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NBTVE, Libya

NBTVE is hosting a high-level meeting in Tripoli supported by partners and sponsors from the Ministry of Labour, the Authority of Scientific Research, and the Arab Federation for Technical Education, among others.

YCT, Nigeria

YabaTech is encouraging students to send in videos as part of a youth stories campaign and raising awareness about the importance of skills training for young people through a social media campaign.

TVEC, Sri Lanka

Through the efforts of TVEC, the ILO and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, the Skills Passport System is being launched on WYSD by H.E. President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa. TVEC is also organizing an international webinar series on 15 July.

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ISAM KIN, Democratic Republic of Congo

Due to the global crisis following Covid-19 and the related confinement, on World Youth Skills Day the students of ISAM KIN are supporting the government in its fight against the pandemic by volunteering their time to produce medical masks.

MoHE, Zambia

MoHE is collaborating with TEVETA and WorldSkills International Zambia to organize a series of activities, including a speech by the Minister of Higher Education and video documentaries of skilled youth.

ITC, Islamic Republic of Iran

ITC is organizing a festival for young people to submit short videos and animated graphics on their skills training. Selected videos will be broadcast on the National Iranian Network.

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FTE, Iraq

FTE, represented by The Middle Technical University (MTU), is organizing a virtual event in celebration of WYSD. The President and Vice-President of MTU are hosting the event, where TVET students will share insights, followed by a lecture and panel discussion.


NTA, Trinidad and Tobago

NTA is organizing a TVET E-convention entitled ‘Unleashing the potential: Transforming technical and vocational education and training’. The E-convention runs from 14-16 July and consists of a three-part series of live discussions featuring industry experts.

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UoEld, Kenya

UoEld is jointly organizing virtual WYSD activities with four other UNEVOC Centres in Kenya. These activities include the production of videos of young people engaged in skills training and the participation of staff in a virtual conference.

CONIF, Brazil

CONIF is raising awareness through a communications campaign along with mobilizing all the institutions in its federal network to highlight the importance of youth skills development on 15 July.

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SZPT, China

SZPT hosted a series of activities under the theme of "Fighting Covid-19 with Youth’s Love" to celebrate WYSD. Over 700 works of students' calligraphy, painting, videos, music, posters, and essays were displayed.

iHUB, Ukraine

iHub is marking WYSD with a series of videos on its MINDLY channel, which are dedicated to parents' and children's concerns during the quarantine.

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Tknika, Basque Country, Spain

Tknika is hosting a virtual event with representatives from the BILT Project and regional TVET institutions.

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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.


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WYSD Logo for UNEVOC Network Members

The use of this logo is limited to UNEVOC Network members for the promotion and celebration of World Youth Skills Day. UNESCO-UNEVOC reserves the right to revoke the use of this logo if deemed inappropriate.

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2020 WYSD Logo for public use

The use of this logo is limited to the promotion and celebration of World Youth Skills Day. UNESCO-UNEVOC reserves the right to revoke the use of this logo if deemed inappropriate.

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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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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.


SkillsinAction Photo Competition 2019 - winners.



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 WYSD celebrations

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2017

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2018






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