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Academy to equip one million youth with skills

Updated: Mar 26, 2021


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The crisis has highlighted the urgency of equipping youth with the right skills to accelerate the transition to more inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies. PHOTO: ImageCollab

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), an agency aimed at building peace, eradicating poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue, is launching a Global Skills Academy to equip one million young persons with employability and resilience skills to help them find jobs during the looming recession. The project called ‘Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond’ was unveiled by the organization on World Youth Skills Day celebrated on 15 July.

Stefania Giannini, assistant director-general for education at UNESCO, says the crisis has highlighted the urgency of equipping youth with the right skills to accelerate the transition to more inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies. She says this requires massive investment in education and skills training and expanded partnerships with employers to narrow the gap between demand for skills and the workplace.

“Members of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition launched in March to support countries to develop inclusive learning solutions are teaming up to provide youth with opportunities to gain digital skills and other competencies through free access to online skills development programmes. Partners’ offers will be pooled within the Global Skills Academy providing a one-stop access to training opportunities,” says Giannini.

Founding partners include Coursera, Dior,