Africa Celebrates World Youth Skills Day

By Tony Elumelu  Foundation

July 15, 2020 is World Youth Skills Day (#WYSD2020), and it is an event highlights the importance of equipping the youth with practical skills for employment, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

The theme for this year "Skills for Resilient Youth” highlights the resilient ways young people adapt to the changing environment as traditional employment becomes deprioritised and a skills-based economy takes precedence.

In addition, with the closure of schools and the data/internet challenges faced in a world increasingly going digital, the COVID-19 pandemic calls for a more resilient youth during this crisis and beyond.

Continuing to learn and gain new skills is vital for young people and also central to the achievement of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and several virtual events focused on the theme of “Skills for a Resilient Youth” will take place.

Combining academic knowledge with practical skills can help young people across the continent and beyond become more resilient and, especially in post-COVID-19 economies, young people will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.

What skills have you acquired or do you need to acquire to achieve your goals?


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