“On this World Youth Skills Day, let us renew our resolve to invest more in empowering young people. When we do, they can better advance the broader mission of the United Nations for lasting peace, sustainable development and human rights for all.” –UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
June 15 is appointed as World Youth Skills Day by the United Nations. The UN celebrates this day by creating a special event every year themed under the idea of “skills development to improve youth employment.” As part of the 2030 agenda, understanding what works in order to support young people in the future labor markets through training and skill development are key aspects of this day. The United Nations works with UNESCO and the ILO to bring awareness to this day and the issues it carries with it every year.
“Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts.”
DEPDC works everyday to increase the skills of our children for the future labor market. DEPDC’s Half Day School provides vocational training for our older students in all different handicrafts and life skills such as sewing, knitting, construction, woodworking, agriculture and self-sufficiency economics, for a few. The children at the Half Day School learn the skills, while gaining an education, that are necessary for success later in their lives. DEPDC is working towards developing the youth of the Greater Mekong Subregion everyday through its outreach programs and network of organizations. The mission of DEPDC/GMS is exactly what this day is all about.