On the 11th of November 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 15 World Youth Skills Day. 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 youth 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 developing countries. Young people are three times more likely to be unemployed and underemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. 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.
The theme of the this year’s World Youth Skill Day is: ONE YOUTH, ONE SKILL: BETTER LIFE.
The major goals of the programme include;
1. To raise the awareness of Nigerians on the importance and significance of the UN World Youth Skills Day commemoration.
2. Create a synergy of youth starts up which will culminate in an advanced body of entrepreneurs.
3. To redefine the meaning of education and reinvent simple ethics that are necessary in skill application; and most importantly,
4. To get Nigerian youths to appreciate the power of skills and be invigorated to learn as many skills as possible.
5. Unveiling of #OneYouthOneSkill Campaign and #anywork247.ng platform.
6. To advocate for government and inter-sectorial partnerships to promote skill building among Nigerians especially youths
ONE YOUTH ONE SKILL PROJECT
“One Youth One Skill’ is a project that is borne out of the need to equip the next generation of economic players with skills they need to become successful and remain relevant in a changing world of technology and innovation. With few jobs in the Nigeria labour market, acquiring a skill is becoming increasingly fundamental to economic success and prosperity. Nigerian youths need to understand the benefits of having a skill combined with formal education/qualifications at an early age. In the course of this project, young people will be trained on market-oriented technical vocational and functional skills that are needed to enhance their employability and self-employment.
This project is targeted at young people between the age of 15 -35 to learning a vocational skill of their choice leading to future qualifications. The project goal is to skill 10million youth in five years on vocational/technical skills and skilled for life: web design; using African fabrics to make shoes and bags, cake baking and decorating, confectionery, jewelry and bead making etc. Facilitators will explore the entrepreneurial potential of every skill chosen by trainees, motivating them towards self-reliance and personal development. Youth trainees will also receive access to micro-credit; mentorship and a chance to develop their skills. Best trainee will become skill ambassador/peer mentors and trainers within and outside their locality.