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World Youth Skills Day

On 15 July 2019, UNESCO and the UNEVOC Network joined global celebrations to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) and raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development!

Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults (UN) and continuously face the challenges of greater labour market inequalities. The aim of WYSD is to advocate for skills as an important factor to improve young people’s transitions to decent work, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing today’s most challenging global issues.

The World Youth Skills Day emphasizes the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in providing youth with the opportunities to develop their competencies and accelerate their transition to work.

In celebration of this UN day, the following events were held at the UN Headquarters in New York:

  • An exhibit entitled “Inspiring youth and improving perception for skills” was held on 9-18 July 2019 at the Vienna Café Corridor in the UN Headquarters. The exhibit was organized by WorldSkills and UNESCO, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal. Selected photos from the UNESCO-UNEVOC SkillsinAction Photo Competition and "Inspiring Youth in TVET" Story Series were displayed.
  • Based on this year's WYSD theme of "Learning to learn for life and work", a panel discussion was held at UN Headquarters in New York on July 15th. This discussion was organized by UNESCO, the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, and the ILO, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal. The event has brought together the voices of youth, Member States, the UN system, private sector, civil society, academia and organizations.

How can you support World Youth Skills Day?

UNEVOC Centres are still encouraged to host their own events in celebration of WYSD. Submissions for the photo competition and story series for this year is over.

Visit this page again for our activities next year.

In our downloads section, you can find printable material to display at your WYSD workshop, meeting, or event. Let us know how you celebrated 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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Download WYSD materials for UNEVOC Network Members

(accessible only to UNEVOC Network Members)
For UNEVOC Centres we have produced a set comprising the following promotional materials which include * Poster and Banner templates (InDesign file) * UNEVOC Network Banner in multiple languages * WYSD Logo

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'Inspiring Youth in TVET’ Story Series

Be inspired with the stories from our UNEVOC Centre that highlight individuals who have shown a positive image of technical and vocational education and training in their community. These young persons are students, teachers/trainers or graduates affiliated with members of our UNEVOC Network. Click the link below to read the stories.

Skills in Action Photo Competition 2019

Thank you very much for joining this year's UNESCO-UNEVOC #SkillsinAction Photo Competition! This competition was organized as part of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre’s activities to mark the World Youth Skills Day 2019.

The Skills in Action Photo Competition 2019 highlighted 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

View the gallery of SkillsinAction photos
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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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

page date 2020-04-09

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