Jul 11, 2017
Sat, July 15, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
VENUE: Discovery Mall by AP Plaza opposite Ecobank Wuse 2 Abuja, FCT
On the 11th of November 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 15 World Youth Skills Day. (See attached UN Resolution) The UN designated day seeks to generate greater awareness of and discussions on how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success. It is hoped that it will contribute to reducing unemployment and underemployment among the young people across the globe. It will highlight youth skills development and draw attention to the critical need the importance of Technical, Vocational Education, and Training to both local and global economies.
Millions of youth worldwide are unemployed, uneducated and un-engaged with the majority of whom live in the developing countries. Young people in their 20s aren’t just bored – they are frustrated at how they are locked out of local decision-making as well as economic and life opportunities. These disengaged, disenfranchised youth are a growing concern of ELB-Academy and other various youth led organizations.
As per an independent research, Nigeria has only 12% of the skilled workforce as compared to the 68% in the UK, 75% in Germany, 58% in the USA, 80% in Japan and enviable 96% in South Korea. Looking this data we have huge opportunity to skilling our people. 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. The skill development ecosystem is primarily based on the four pillars: Government, Educational Institutions or Training providers, NGOs or Development Partners and Industries. The UN World Youth Skills Day 2017 is to bring in the required synergy among all these four pillars.
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