Islamabad, 16 July 2022 (TDI): The German Embassy in Pakistan observed the World Youth Skills Day, which is celebrated every year on the 15th of July.

The Embassy, in a tweet, shared that they feel happy to support Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) reforms in Pakistan. TVET has provided training to 50,000 youth so far.

TVET Sector Support Program Pakistan is a German-led initiative. The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zeusammenarbeit (GIZ) implemented it in 2011. The EU and the Netherlands, Germany, and Norway governments also support it.

The program aims to provide competency-based training to the Youth. Moreover, to promote quality skills development to meet labor markets’ demand.

Moreover, the first phase of the reform was based on National Skills Strategy (NSS) and ended in 2016. During the phase, the TVET policy, Competency Based Training & Assessment (CBT&A), and National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) were established.

TVET sector support program’s second phase started in 2017. Its focus areas include human resource development/teacher training, reintegration of returnees in Pakistan, etc.

World Youth Skills Day

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly, in 2014, declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. The main objective behind it was to address the challenge of unemployment and to improve socio-economic circumstances for Youth.

Furthermore, this Day has provided opportunities for Youth to interact with employers and workers’ organizations. As well as with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and development partners.

UN-Secretary General’s Statement

Antonio Guterres said, “Young people are drivers of change and must be fully engaged in decisions affecting their future.

Guided by the United Nations Youth 2030 strategy, I urge everyone to act for youth skills development as a priority, at the Summit and beyond.”

World Youth Skills Day also promotes the elimination of gender inequality. Furthermore, it ensures that disadvantaged people have proper access to resources and opportunities.

This year, the World celebrated the day with a theme of “Transforming youth skills for the future.”