Do you know about W.Y.S.D?

Do you know about W.Y.S.D?

World Youth Skills Day

•What is your favourite subject at school?

Science or Math maybe. But what do you like to do most in your tamper with radio circuits? Do you like to make and fix things? Do you have an in-born talent for all things mechanical?

Sadly, the taking away of certain subjects such as woodworking from our school curricula means that most students end up only with theoretical knowledge on a variety of subjects.

So when they go out of school and into the society, they cannot find a job. But if they already had some knowledge and training in a mechanical job such as motor vehicle repairs, there are many jobs out there.

The education authorities in Sri Lanka are trying to address this issue, but in the meantime if you like to learn something like this, tell your parents about it.

They might enroll you in a study course that will give you Some skills. It might come in really useful in the future.

Parents too must encourage sons and daughters who display a keenness for practical work.

There are some parents who discourage such habits and urge the children to study theory books all the time. But this should not be done.

Worldwide, this is becoming such a very important subject that the UN has designated (July 15) as the World Youth Skills Day.

Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and more insecure with school-to-work transitions.

In addition, young women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to under-take part-time jobs.

As explained earlier, education and training are key to success in the labor market. Skills and jobs foryouth feature prominently in the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, which calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 71 miion young people were estimated to be unemployed in 2015 (13.1% youth unemployment rate), and this figure is expected to increase in most regions by 2021.

One reason for youth unemployment is the mis-match between the skills that workers can offer and the skills demanded by employers. This is called 'Structural Unemployment' and affects all regions around the world.

For example, if you take a Sunday news-paper in Sri Lanka, there are thousands of jobs available, but only a few takers, because most job seekers do not have the necessary skills.

Thus job fairs in schools, a trend that has been seen recently, is a good step. The children can learn about the skills needs to get a job and enter a training course after doing their OL's or AL's.

Remember, every student cannot enter university as places are limited. The others must find openings in other higher educational institutions or in the job market. But one cannot hope to find a job without having skills. This is the lesson that the World Youth Skills Day teaches us. Thank you for reading, Have a wonderful day.
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