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#SkillsinAction for a Resilient Youth during COVID-19 and Beyond

July 14th, 2020

Today is World Youth Skills Day, but it will take place in a challenging context. The COVID-19 lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of education and training institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development for children and youth.

Hope can be found in the darkest of times

70% is affected by school closures

It is estimated that nearly 70% of the world’s learners are affected by school closures. Distance training has become the most common way of imparting skills, with considerable difficulties regarding, among others, trainee and trainer preparedness, connectivity, or assessment and certification processes.*

Prior to the current crisis, young people aged 15-24 were three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and often faced a long school-to-work transition period. 

*Source: respondents to a survey of TVET institutions, jointly collected by UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank,


Why is World Youth Skills Day important?

Rising youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike. 

Terre des Hommes works together with different partners to educate or train children and young adults, so they develop the necessary skills for a job and income.

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