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29 Jul 21
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Today is World Youth Skills Day, a day that promotes the importance of education, shining the light on teachers as well as professionals working in community development.
Every year on 15 July, educators from around the world come together to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment and entrepreneurship.
This day was declared as an official event in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly, and at the University of Bolton, we believe it’s important to discuss this year’s key topics. This includes some of the community challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic!
Find out more about this event, and why it holds relevance with anyone currently studying community development and youth work courses at Bolton University.
Formed as a platform for dialogue between young people, education and training institutions, employers, workers’ organisations and policymakers (as well as anyone who works in youth services), World Youth Skills Day is a bridge of communication.
It aims to connect people who play a part in helping young people reach their potential, and highlights the ever-increasing significance of skills as the world is embarking on a transition towards a sustainable model of development.
Education and training are central to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. And one of the key goals is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
It’s particularly important in a time like today, where the COVID-19 crisis has impacted jobs, mental health and more.
Some interesting statistics include:
- Young people aged 15-24 have been more severely affected by the pandemic than adults, and this includes both education and employment.
- Across the globe, youth employment fell by 8.7% in 2020, compared with 3.7% for adults.
- The most affected within the 15-24 age group are young women, which poses a threat to our continued fight to close the gender gap.
Awareness is the most important step. Whether you are a youth worker, educator, trainee teacher or community development student, events like this matter, and it’s essential to encourage healthy discussions around this topic.
The work highlighted by World Youth Skills Day includes promoting work-based learning programmes, onboarding top firms and employers who can create new opportunities for young people, increasing fair wage levels, reducing barriers to employment across communities, and supporting self-employment.
Those doing youth and community work play a role too. The purpose of youth work is to help young people explore their values, beliefs, ideas and issues, and to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society.
If you’re training in this field, share this post on social media to help us raise awareness and promote the event.
Other things you can do include:
- Register for virtual events and talks to learn more about this topic (sign up here)
- Try to understand education from a global perspective by reading up on how communities around the world are impacted by poverty
- Join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #WorldYouthSkillsDay
- Study to be a teacher or youth worker to help us fight the good fight!
Are you interested in launching a career in youth and community work? The University of Bolton’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are a great place to begin.
Our courses help you grasp the importance of supporting communities and develop your knowledge on a local and international level so you have a global view of how education and vocational training can positively impact different countries.
We’ve been a Top 6 UK university for Teaching Quality in The Times Good University Guide* for the past three years, so there’s nowhere better to kick start your training.
To find out more about applying in September 2021, see our available courses online.
Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019
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