World Youth Skills Day 2021: Theme, History, and significance of the day post-pandemic
Every year, World Youth Skills Day is celebrated on July 15 to recognize the fact that the youth of a nation acquire skills to enhance their ability to make an informed decision regarding employment.Author : Divyanshi Soni
Youth are considered the future of a nation. The World Youth Skills Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 2014. The day emphasized the strategic importance of equipping young people with decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The importance of the day increases during the time of crisis India is facing currently. As due to Covid-19 one out of every six young people are out of work and at such time young people are needed to contribute to the recovery of the economy of the nation.
The day also focuses on the fact that youth can gain access to changing labour markets.
World Youth Skills Day 2021: Theme
The theme of World Youth Skills Day 2021 is “Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic.” This year the day would concentrate on the creativity of youth during the Covid-19 crisis.
World Youth Skills Day 2021: History
The day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18th December 2014 and it was decided that July 15 would be observed as the World Youth Skills Day. Since then, many countries of the world celebrate the day on the aforementioned date.
The first World Youth Skills Day was celebrated in the year 2015.
World Youth Skills Day 2021: Significance
World Youth Skills Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of equipping young people with skills that can help them in getting decent jobs and becoming entrepreneurs.
The day also highlights the importance of vocational education and training (TVET) institutes, as TVET addresses the various demands of an economic, social and environmental nature by helping the youth in developing skills that would help them in acquiring jobs. It also reduces the barrier between the work worlds as it is based on work-based learning.
World Youth Skills Day 2021: Events
To celebrate the day, this year, a virtual meeting has been organized to discuss the skills that are required by the youth in the present and the future. The event would begin at 8:30 pm and would end at 10:00 pm IST on 15th July 2021. The virtual meeting is organized by the Office of the Secretary – General’s Envoy on Youth, UNESCO, ILO and the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal to the UN.