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World Youth Skills Day 2019: Theme and significance of the day for abilities and skills

On July 15 every year, World Youth Skills Day is marked to promote youth skills development and abilities. In 2019, UNESCO and the UNEVOC network will join the global celebrations to mark the day and also to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development.

This year, the theme for World Youth Skills Day 2019 is ‘Learning to learn for life and work’

As per UN (United Nation), there are 1.2 billion young people aged between 15 to 24 years which accounts for 16 percent of the global population.

Engagement of the youths is considered important in achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies to prevent worst threats and challenges to sustainable development and others. But also young people are almost three times most likely to be unemployed than adults.

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Young people often get a lower quality of jobs along with it women are more likely to be underemployed and underpaid and that is the reason they end up doing part-time jobs or contract basis work.

This year, the UN’s observance of World Youth Skills Day will put light on mechanisms needed to operationalise lifelong learning.

Also, TikTok and National Skill Development Corporation have collaborated to celebrate the day this year by launching an in-app campaign ‘Skills4All’

The day also focuses on the significance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in providing youth with opportunities. A panel discussion will also be held at the headquarters of UN in New York on July 15 based on the theme of this year. Also on this day, UNEVOC centers host events and photo competition and story series.

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