World Youth Skills Day tomorrow


DHAKA, July 14, 2019 (BSS) – The World Youth Skills Day (WYSD)-2019 will be observed tomorrow in the country as elsewhere in the world with the theme “Learning to learn for life and work”.

The aim of WYSD is to advocate for skills as an important factor to improve young people’s transitions to decent work, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing today’s most challenging global issues.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.

The President, in his message, said the worldwide observance of the day will play an important role to develop the skills of the young generation and encourage them to succeed in life.

He said skilled manpower is prerequisite to development. Giving priority to enhancing skills of the people, the government has formed National Skills Development Authority (NSDA), he added.

The president said the government is going to include technical education in general education to develop the skills of the young generation.

He said Bangladesh has already attained the membership of World Skills International and World Skills Asia which added a new dimension for observance of WYSD in the country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the spirit of the WYSD is to turn the jobless youth into human resources through providing them technical and vocational education and imparting training for developing skills. “This matter is now our priority,” she said.

She said Bangladesh is now a role model of economic development in the journey to attain the status of a developed nation by 2041.

The premier said NSDA has been formed to create skilled manpower to cope with the world market. She said, according to the United Nations, education and training are the keys to attaining any cherished goal and that is why 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) accelerated the technical education and skill development.

An elaborate programme has been taken to highlight the significance of the day, a press release said. To mark the day, National Skills Development Authority (NSDA) will arrange a discussion in the city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni will attend the discussion as the chief guest while Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad and Prime Minister ‘s Principal Secretary Md. Nojibur Rahman will attend it as the special guests.

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Secretary Sajjadul Hassan will preside over the discussion.

The United Nations, at its General Assembly in November 2014, declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day.

The UN designated day seeks to generate greater awareness of and discussion on the importance of technical, vocational education, and training and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies.