Celebrating World Youth Skills Day – 15 July

Symbiosis Skills & Open University (SSOU) all set to observe UN World Youth Skills Day on July 15, 2017.

United Nations (UN) has set July 15 as “World Youth Skills day”.  The event comes against a backdrop of increased activity at the UN-level aimed at improving employment conditions for youth.

This will be the second celebration of World Youth Skills Day since the adoption by the General Assembly in December 2014 of a resolution calling for the day. The main idea behind observing this day is to understand what works to support young people in today’s and tomorrow’s job market and how it can be achieved through training and skills development.

Skills and jobs for youth feature prominently in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are explicitly mentioned in many of the 17 SDGs and their targets. In particular, SDG target 4.4 calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills—including technical and vocational skills—in order to encourage employment and entrepreneurship. It can be achieved if there is a new focus on skills, new thinking about education and transformed training systems

The world today is home to the largest generation of youth in its history, with 90% of young people living in developing countries and with estimates suggesting that labor markets will need to add 600 million new jobs by 2026 to accommodate changing global demographics. Young people hold the key to society’s future advancement, they face many barriers to their personal progress.

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi said, “Surveys are showing low levels of achievement in basic literacy, numeracy, and digital skills among younger generations. If we really want to turn our Agenda into reality, our work has to start from the world’s youth so that can experience a smooth transition into the job market. It will be one of the key factors to determine both their success and the achievement.” Education and training are key success factors in increasing youth’s access to decent work. This, he continued, should encourage us to “renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people.”

To commemorate World Youth Skills Day in an appropriate manner, SSOU has organised ‘SymbiSkills’ to underline the importance of skilling in education. Mr. Vishal Chordia, Entrepreneur & Director, Suhana: Pravin Masalewale is the Chief Guest for the occasion. There will be other dignitaries like Dhanraj Pillay, ( Ex- Indian Hockey Captain), Deepti Shrikant (Marathi Actress), Parag Kanhere Celebrity Chef), RJ Sangram ( FM Radio) and RJ Kedar will be gracing the occasion.  There will be a series of programmes like Auto Feast ( Ride Funky 2 wheelers, Test drive New 4 Wheeler Models, Understand E –Rickshaw) Skill Will ( Experience Skill Labs, Visit Learning Factories), Ohh Beauty( Get Makeover and nail Art from Enrich Salon & Spa and Top Up ( Selfie points, Box cricket & food extravaganza.)

We are sure to celebrate World Youth Skills Day every 15th July with many innovative programs to underline the importance skilling in education!!



Written by Barnalee H, Editor at SSOU

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