15 July 2020, also better known and celebrated every year as World Youth Skills Day focuses on the goal to equip the youth with employment skills, jobs and entrepreneurship, and to emphasize the vital role of skilled youth while addressing the present and future challenges around the globe.
History of World Youth Skills Day
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December 2014 adopted a resolution and announced 15th July as World Youth Skills Day. This day was established and acknowledged in order to help the youth acquire better socio-economic conditions as a means of addressing the issues of underemployment and unemployment in the country.
It created an opportunity for many young people, public and private sector stakeholders, and Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to celebrate and recognize the significance of technical employment skills training, jobs and entrepreneurship.
Significance of World Youth Skills Day
The increase in the number of youth unemployment in the developed and developing countries is one of the most important problems faced today by the economies and societies.
According to, “The latest Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs” it stated that since 2017, there has been a rise in the youth not in employment, education or training (NEET).
In the year 2016, it states that there were 259 million young people classified as NEET. This number increased to an estimated 267 million in 2019 and further increased to around 273 million in 2021. The rate of NEET increased from 21.7% in 2015 to 22.4% in 2020. It also implied that the international target to reduce the NEET rate by 2020 will be missed.
How is World Youth Skills Day 2020 different?
On account of the coronavirus pandemic, and due to its challenging circumstances and
safety measures during lockdown, it has led to the closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions worldwide, threatening the continuity of the skills development.
Focusing on resilience, the 2020 World Youth Skills Day theme is based on: SKILLS FOR A RESILIENT YOUTH. The event will be organized virtually between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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. (Click here, https://bit.ly/32dowWh)
The event will deal with the covid-19 impact in skills development, the rapid changes in entrepreneurship and self employment, and will explore the steps to unfold the crisis faced in the economy in response.
Hope that all the youth will join in the celebrations of World Youth Skills Day 2020, and raise awareness on Skill Development!