World youth skill day
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
15 July is celebrated as the world youth skill day having an objective to raise awareness about the importance of technical, vocational, and education training (TVET) also having an aim for the development of other skills that would be relevant to both global and local economies. Having a huge percentage of youth we all know that each one has a creative mind and passion of their own. Many interested individuals can invest their skills at the right place so does this day is marked by helping the youth by providing them with employment that would be related to their creativity. This day would also increase the workforce contributing to the economy of the country. We all know the striking of covid-19 was a huge loss for many countries, the unemployment rates of countries like India had also increased so let us know about this day and its contribution to saving the economy and youth.
The history behind world youth day
United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in December 2014 proclaimed 15 July as World Youth Day. The first world youth day was celebrated on July 15 2015 and there were different themes framed for the upcoming years. As in 2015, world youth day was observed under the theme youth skills for life in the post-2015 agenda, 2016 as skills development to improve youth employment, 2017 as skills for the future of work, 2018 as the innovation and sustainability, 2019 as youth skills for sustainability and innovation, 2020 as skills for resilient youth.
Significance of world youth day
With the increasing youth, we see there are a lot of them who are not employed and face the problem of not getting a job, so youth unemployment has become the most significant problem in today’s societies and economies in the world specifically in developing countries. The number of youth not in employment, education, or training ( NEET) has been upward in the trend since 2017, according to the latest global trends for youth 2020.
It is said that around 273 million people are classified as NEET in 2021, although in 2019 they were 267 million and in 2016 they were 259 million, which shows that it was a rise of about 21.7% to 22.4% from 2015 to 2020 which implies that international target to reduce NEET rate by 2002 was somewhere missed.
Role of technical and vocational education and training
Technical and vocational education and training ( TVET) have a clear idea of achieving the vision of the 2030 agenda, 2030 agenda could be understood as the blueprint of what we need that is 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) identify ways in which the global community can collaborate to achieve the interconnected economic, social and environmental challenges we face now.
The agenda of education 2030 covers sustainable development and ensures the comprehensive and equitable quality of education that will develop lifelong learning opportunities for all. Why we talk about education 2030 is because it imparts attention to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) which gives a clear focus on technical and vocational skills development and our youth is filled with a lot of creativity having lots of technical and vocational skills that could provide them employment, decent work and entrepreneurship also the elimination of gender disparity and ensuring access for the vulnerable.
World youth day in India
5 years ago in 2015, PM Narendra Modi launched the Skill India mission on world youth skill day. Therefore the day this year is marked as the 6th anniversary of the launch of the Skill India mission to mark the occasion ministry of development and entrepreneurship organized a digital conclave.
There were several initiatives taken by the central government to empower the youth skill and provide them with a productive employable environment but due to the pandemic, there was a great impact on technical and vocational training (TVET) institutions.
According to the latest data UNESCO estimated that nearly 70% of the learners of the world are affected by school closures across education levels. Which included the survey of TVET also though distance learning has become the most common way of adapting skills now. There are a lot of courses that are listed in the Skill India mission which are:-
1. Training of trainer:- Accreditation program for EM trainers, technology infusion, etc.
2. Management and development programs:- financial statement analysis, modern office practice, marketing for managers, etc.
3. Skill development programs:- dairy-based ESDP, carpentry, electroplating, fashion designing, etc.
4. Entrepreneurship development programs:- women EDP, women empowerment, CRR scheme, etc.
5. Other skills:- promotion of micro-enterprises, cluster development, lending strategies for MSMEs. Etc
Following this, some different schemes are launched by the government of India:-
1. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas yojana
2. Skills acquisition and knowledge awareness for livelihood promotion (SANKALP)
4. Standard training assessment and reward scheme ( star)
5. Polytechnic schemes
6. Vocationalization of education
Benefits of world youth day
We celebrate world youth day with a lot of benefits that our youth would be getting, we all know that the unemployment rate in this time of COVID-19 has got higher and schemes and days like this are helping to grow the economy more for For example by moulding their skills in the right direction they can get a better -paying job and can also live a high standard life. Many people are still unemployed but through all these programs, they could also take part and grow. Also when youth will take part in different activities like this the economy will grow equally. In a country like India, you will find there would be so many young talented people in every single village so by joining this platform they could also grow and help in the country economy. All that’s needed is awareness and knowledge about the schemes listed further and they could also celebrate the youth skill day and become a happy part of this day enjoying all the benefits.
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