Introducing International Youth Skills Day


Introduced to highlight the importance of skills for young people, International Youth Skills Day is an opportunity for children to think about their future.

From considering potential careers and the skills and qualifications they may need to achieve their goals, to assessing the benefits of the various educational opportunities available to them, teachers can play a pivotal role in pointing them in the right direction.

Why does International Youth Skills Day exist?

Designated as an official United Nations-recognised day by the general assembly in 2014, International Youth Skills Day on 15th July exists because global research suggests that young people are up to three times more likely to be unemployed than those aged 25 and over.

The day aims to enhance the skills sets of young people to address this issue and takes on even greater importance in 2020 given that around 70% of the learners have been impacted by school closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year there is a theme of ‘skills for a resilient youth’, with the UN keen to look at how technical education and training can provide much-needed support to young people.

These elements of education form a pivotal piece of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global effort designed to transform the world we live in.

What support can a teacher provide?

Teachers have a unique opportunity to help children shape their lives from a young age, by focusing on the development of skills and by introducing entrepreneurship into the classroom.

From basic discussion in the classroom or in digital spaces to using specific activities designed to directly or indirectly develop skills, teachers can inspire their pupils in a range of ways.

The underlying message is to demonstrate the difference that having certain skills can have on later life, as pupils can strive to better themselves if they have something to believe in.

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