World Youth Skills Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Importance, Facts about World Youth Skills

World Youth Skills Day 2020 - On 15 July 2020, World Youth Skills Day is observed to highlight the role of skilled youth, across the world, in addressing current and future global challenges. Get more information about World Youth Skills Day 2020, History, measures and scheme, Facts about World Youth Skills Day in this article.

Sheena | Updated Jul 15, 2020 03:39 AM

World Youth Skills Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Importance, Facts about World Youth Skills

World Youth Skills Day 2020

World Youth Skills Day is observed on 15 July every year. World Youth Skills Day aims to encourage youth across the world to celebrate the value of acquiring many skills. World Youth Skills Day 2020 will help the youth to build, make, and create a way to achieve personal success and fulfillment. 

World Youth Skills Day 2020 will be observed amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions. The pandemic has threatened the continuity of skills development.

What is the importance of World Youth Skills Day?

One of the most significant problems that are faced by both developed and developing countries is rising youth unemployment. The latest Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs 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.

What is the History of World Youth Skills Day?

In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution and declared 15th July as World Youth Skills Day. The day was established to achieve better socio-economic conditions for the youth as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and underemployment.

UNGA declared the observation of the World Youth Skills Day as an opportunity for young people, Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, and public and private sector stakeholders to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.

What are the events held on World Youth Skills Day?

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)-International Project on Technical and Vocational Education (UNEVOC) organizes a Virtual Conference on Skills for a Resilient Youth for a week. It will be held from  6-14 July 2020. World Youth Skills Day 2020 will highlight the importance of developing skilled youth in the world. Also, Several virtual events focusing on the theme of “Skills for a Resilient Youth” is organized to mark the occasion. From, UNESCO-UNEVOC invites you to take part in a virtual conference that examines the future of youth skills development. 

What is World Youth Skills Day 2019?

The theme for World Youth Skills Day 2019 was "Youth Skills for Sustainability and Innovation". It has been reported that there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15-24 years, account for 16% of the global population. The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts will help in achieving sustainable, inclusive, and stable societies by the target date, which is 2030.

It will also avert the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration. Reports stated that young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Hence, the theme was set to focus on youth skills across the world.

What are the best practices for skill development in India?

The government of India has introduced several measures to improve and enhance skill development in India. Some of them are listed below:

  • Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), a skill development initiative of Kerala.

  • Bharat Skills Learning platform 

  • Convergence for Scaling in Rajasthan 

  • Household Assistant Trade-in Madhya Pradesh 

  • Hunar programme in Bihar 

  • ICT Academy in Tamil Nadu 

  • Innovation for quality training in Odisha 

  • Kaushal Yuva Program in Bihar 

  • Kaushalya Vardhan Kendra (KVK), Gujarat

  • Livelihood Colleges in Chhattisgarh 

  • Multi-Disciplinary Skill Development Programme (MDSDP) in Assam.

  • Participatory Identification of Poor (PIP), Rajasthan

  • Scheme integration in Uttar Pradesh 

  • Skill development allowance scheme in Himachal Pradesh 

  • Skill Sakhi, Maharashtra 

  • skilling of Deaf and Blind (100% differently-abled) students in Madhya Pradesh.

  • Skilling of Jail Inmates & Person with Special Abilities (PSAS) in Rajasthan

  • The IL&FS Skills Health Academy (ISHA) in Tripura

  • Telangana Academy for Skill & Knowledge (TASK)

  • Tripura Bamboo Mission

  • Vikalp Skill Vouchers in Maharashtra

  • Employment Bank & Yuvasree in West Bengal

Various Schemes that are launched for skill development by GoI are:

  • Apprenticeship training 

  • CTS - Craftsmen Training Scheme

  • DDU-GKY - Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, the Skill Development for Inclusive Growth

  • Financial Assistance for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities (PwD)

  • Green Skill Development Programme 

  • Ministry-wise Skill Development Schemes 

  • National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme 

  • National Qualifications Register 

  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra 

  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 

  • SHREYAS - Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills

  • Skill development for minorities 

World Youth Skills - Facts

As per the UN reports, one in five young people in NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) across the world. Three out of four young NEETs are women.

The youth population grew by 139 million between 1997-2017, but the youth labour force shrank by 58.7 million.

Almost two out of five youth employees in emerging and developing economies live on less than $3.10 a day.

Prior to the current crisis, young people were three times as likely as adults (25 years and older) to be unemployed. Currently, more than 1 in 6 young people are out of work due to COVID-19

It has been reported that blending distance learning with practical skills development has proved effective in TVET for more than 100 years. For instance, in 1910, Australia introduced its first distance TVET courses to train health inspectors by correspondence while they worked. The move by the country was a response to an urgent need following a typhoid epidemic.

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World Youth Skills Day - FAQ

1. What is World Youth Skills Day?

In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution and declared 15th July as World Youth Skills Day. The goal is to achieve better socio-economic conditions for today's youth as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and underemployment.

2. When was the first youth skill Day celebrated?

World youth skill Day aims to raise awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development. The United Nations General Assembly has decided to celebrate the first World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on 15 July 2015.

3. What does Skills Development mean?

Skills development is the process of 

  • identifying your skill gaps
  • developing and honing these skills. 

These are important because a person's skills are to determine the ability to execute one's plans with success. For instance, a carpenter trying to build a house.