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World Youth Skills Day - 15 July

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

UNESCO estimates that schools were either fully or partially closed for more than 30 weeks between March 2020 and May 2021 in half the countries of the world. In late June, 19 countries still had full school closures, affecting nearly 157 million learners. And 768 million more learners were affected by partial school closures.

Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality jobs, greater inequalities in the workplace, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts.

That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the employment market. But unfortunately, existing systems are failing to address the learning needs of many young people, and surveys of learning outcomes and skills show that a large number of youth have low levels of achievement in basic literacy and numeracy.

World Youth Skills Day encourages the young people of the world to gain the skills that will help them achieve their personal success and help make their dreams come true.

People are encouraged to observe this day by throwing seminars and job fairs for young people, educating young people about the benefits of technical and vocational training, and by using the hashtag #WorldYouthSkillsDay on their social media accounts.

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