World Youth Skills Day is an annual observance that highlights the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, entrepreneurship, and creativity. The day was first celebrated in 2015 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in November 2014 to designate the day. The theme for each year's celebration is chosen in line with the global priorities of promoting decent work for all and the global agenda for sustainable development.
In South Africa, this day aims to provide a platform for young people to showcase their skills, celebrate their achievements, and raise awareness about the significance of investing in youth development. The day is an opportunity for the government, private sector, civil society, and youth-led organizations to engage in dialogue and take collective action to address the skills gap and youth unemployment crisis in the country.
South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world, with over 50% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 jobless. The World Youth Skills Day serves as a crucial tool for bridging the skills mismatch and creating more opportunities for young people to participate in the country's economic growth. World Youth Skills Day is observed annually on July 15th.
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References and related sitesUN: Youth Skills Day www.epi.org: Young Workers job stats unevoc.unesco.org: UNEVOC World Youth Skills Day Theme 2022