World Youth Skills Day: Education key to reaching potential


MNA Feature Desk: The world celebrates “Youth Skills Day” as a U.N. international day that was adopted by a resolution of the U.N. General Assembly.

Marking this day raises the awareness on the importance of building the skills of youth through education and training as they are the key determinants of maximizing the potential of youth around the world.

Building skills of youth has been evolving around various methodologies and approaches from conferences, workshops, and trainings to internships, simulations, mentorships and coaching.

This is linked to the technological progress that impacts the flow of knowledge and the way one acquires it. Technology has an impact on the time barriers in any learning process on one hand; and on the advancement and level of education one must have on the other.

Nowadays, information can be acquired through various technological means without any mediator, so education shall be focused on knowledge and skills rather than simple information that could be acquired via search engines.

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.

That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the labor market. But unfortunately, existing systems are failing to address the learning needs of many young people, and surveys of learning outcomes and skills show that a large number of youth have low levels of achievement in basic literacy and numeracy.

Skills and jobs for youth feature prominently in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and SDG target 4.4 calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills.