On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a digital conclave today at 11 am. The conclave has been organised by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship today which marks the fifth anniversary of Skill India Mission. This year’s event is focussed on the importance of developing skilled youth.
The PM speaking on the occasion said, “The biggest strength of the millennials is their ability to get skilled…The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the work culture and started a concept of work from home; hence the youth are acquiring new skills to adapt to the new nature of jobs.”
In an effort to motivate the youth to becomes skilled and self-reliant and self-employable, the PM said, “Skill is something which you acquire and which is timeless and keeps improving with time, it is unique and makes your different from others, makes you self-reliant and also self-employable.”
WYSD is recognised by the United Nations and it was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014. At the time of passing a resolution, the UNGA had expressed concern at the unemployed youth, the majority of whom live in developing countries. It recognised that fostering the acquisition of skills by youth would enhance their ability to make informed choices with regard to life and work and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets.
Highlighting the impact of Covid-19, the UN said that it has led to the worldwide closure of training institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development. It also said that nearly 70 percent of the world’s youth are affected by school closures.