WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY 15TH JULY 2019
Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population. The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration. However, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, 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.
Traditionally organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, this year the UN’s observance of the WYSD will shed light on the mechanisms needed to operationalize lifelong learning.
In Sierra Leone, the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Coalition supports the National Council for Technical Vocational and other Academic Awards (NCTVA) to commemorate the day with the story of TVET in Sierra Leone at the British Council, Tower Hill.
SKILL UP! CERTIFICATION CEREMONY
Welhungerhilfe on 14th July held a SKILL UP! Certification ceremony for non-formal skills training facilitators at welthungerhilfe Kenema. The commissioner of National Youth Commission, Ngolo Katta gave the keynote address and recognized the strides by WHH to support skills development which he said is the “new trajectory for youth development.”