Shaping Youth Skills in Challenging Times

Developing useful skills during tough times is difficult but essential. Everything that people are doing now, school, work, travel, and even social interaction is happening in challenging contexts. COVID-19 pandemic affected the lives of young people in various ways. Currently, not every child, teenager, or student has the same access to education and online learning tools.
Data from the United Nations confirm that about 70 percent of the world’s learners are affected by the school closures. On the other hand, millions have no access to the internet or computers to continue their education remotely.

Other data show that globally, one in five young people are not in employment, education, or training also known as NEET. Further on, three out of four young NEETs are women. At the same time, girls in developing countries and poor areas are more at risk of not returning back to the classroom when schools reopen. Besides, education problems, labor, and financial uncertainty, children and young people might witness health problems or the loss of close relatives to the virus. This would increase their responsibilities for other family members or younger siblings, thus make it difficult for them to continue their education.

In terms of sustainable development, education and training are key to achieving the 2030 Agenda. SDG4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” highlights the importance of technical and vocational education and training. Even the International Labor Organization points out the need to equip young people with the necessary skills from employment and entrepreneurship.

On their part, new graduates feel uncertain about their future as the pandemic has disrupted local labor markets. Seasonal jobs, internships, and other potential job opportunities are at risk of being turned down. However, the global outbreak has not impacted all the sectors in the same way. While many companies are laying off their staff, others are adapting to the new reality and switching to new models. Some are identifying business opportunities and launching their startups. Many are really young or young adults have seen opportunities in the situation and sprang into action.
Entrepreneurial training and knowledge help to identify such opportunities. There can be numerous solutions to one problem, the key is to learn how to navigate those solutions and find the most practical. The free entrepreneurial training by the Entrepreneurship Campus can help you build this mindset

You can read more about starting a business in a time of crisis in a previous blog post.

Meanwhile, UNESCO has just launched the Global Skills Academy, a place where to find free and high-quality online training offered by members of its Global Education Coalition. The Organization unveiled the project, Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond, on World Youth Skills Day, celebrated on 15 July.

Everyone can find a way to help young people get training in case they are out of jobs or education. Remember that a given solution can work in specific circumstances. What’s important is learning how to analyses those problems and solutions. Young people from all over the world are already showing their solutions to issues they face in their communities through the ideas and projects they submit at the 2020 Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition. You can join this initiative, especially now that the voting has started and the Campus members are really active in supporting each other with experience and ideas.

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  1. Shaping youth’s skills in challenging times is developing and preparing their minds for future start-up implementation that will be advantageous to the world? Do you concur with me members?

  2. When crisis occurs like an outbreak of disease, there is a solution to the problem, which is, trying to develop a useful skill in you that would pave ways for you even in times of trials. Developing a useful skill might be onerous but it is essential.

    • One important thing is that we should know how to analyze the problems and solutions that can work out in specific circumstances.

  3. Youths are now being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic because of the skills of a successful entrepreneur they lack. This is why they need to be grounded and groomed, so that they will realize that it is possible to start a business in times of crises. Don’t you think members?

  4. While many companies are laying off their staff, others are adapting to the new reality and switching to new models. Some are identifying business opportunities and launching their startups.
    Being innovational and unconventional is important especially in hard times

  5. In deed Citizen Entrepreneurship competition is more than a competition. It is a campus where ideas are explored, developed, refined, nurtured and given opportuntity to implement to solve complex problems. With the uncertainties following the pandemic, the nurturing of skills is needed more than ever before. As stated” Many companies are laying off staff and many have lost their love ones”, The need for skill is therefore very important for survival.

    I encourage campus memebers to embrace this opportuntity and create visibility for young people to participate in this campus.

  6. Everyone can fine a way to help young ones get training in case they are out of jobs or education. Campus members l hope we can follow suite ?

  7. Campus members do you know that developing useful skills during tough time is difficult but very essential?

  8. I as a serial entrepreneur really want every one in the campus 2020 to iomitate and reflect on what eduheal commented below;

    In deed Citizen Entrepreneurship competition is more than a competition. It is a campus where ideas are explored, developed, refined, nurtured and given opportuntity to implement to solve complex problems. With the uncertainties following the pandemic, the nurturing of skills is needed more than ever before. As stated” Many companies are laying off staff and many have lost their love ones”, The need for skill is therefore very important for survival.

    I encourage campus memebers to embrace this opportuntity and create visibility for young people to participate in this campus.
    I myself I accepted it!

  9. In terms of sustainable development, education and training are key to achieving the 2030 Agenda. SDG4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” highlights the importance of technical and vocational education and training. Even the International Labor Organization points out the need to equip young people with the necessary skills from employment and entrepreneurship.

    On their part, new graduates feel uncertain about their future as the pandemic has disrupted local labor markets. Seasonal jobs, internships, and other potential job opportunities are at risk of being turned down. However, the global outbreak has not impacted all the sectors in the same way. While many companies are laying off their staff, others are adapting to the new reality and switching to new models. Some are identifying business opportunities and launching their startups. Many are really young or young adults have seen opportunities in the situation and sprang into action.
    Entrepreneurial training and knowledge help to identify such opportunities. There can be numerous solutions to one problem, the key is to learn how to navigate those solutions and find the most practical. The free entrepreneurial training by the Entrepreneurship Campus can help you build this mindset

    i suggest with the above article from the blog, shaping our youth skills in this herculean tasks session will suddenly transform into fruition thank you all, please comply with entrepreneurship campus team

  10. Data from the United Nations confirm that about 70 percent of the world’s learners are affected by the school closures. On the other hand, millions have no access to the internet or computers to continue their education remotely. This fact has greatly affected wards peculiarly in developing countries whereby the parents can’t afford a computer system and also homes whereby the parents believe computer is a source of distraction to their offsprings. Don’t you believe this members?

  11. New graduates feel uncertain about their future as the pandemic has disrupted local labor markets because they lack training, skills and experience. Because of this inexperience and uncertainty, seasonal jobs, internships, and other potential job opportunities are at risk of being turned down which will lead to increase in unemployment. Do you agree with me members? If you do, support it.

  12. One very essential organization for skill development and acquisition is UNESCO. They have just launched the Global Skills Academy, a place where to find free and high-quality online training offered by members of its Global Education Coalition. The Organization unveiled the project, Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of crisis and Beyond

  13. The global outbreak has not impacted all the sectors the same way. Some companies are laying off their staff, others are adapting and swerving to new models and ways. This only explains that the outbreak cannot and should not be a source of a business’ downfall. With new skill development, there’s a way out.

  14. Chiemezue and Julius have very witty comments. I give them kudos
    I hope you all agree too

  15. Today based on my comment, i read through Julius own and it sound educative so i want all campus members to join me and reflect on his puny comment below;
    One very essential organization for skill development and acquisition is UNESCO. They have just launched the Global Skills Academy, a place where to find free and high-quality online training offered by members of its Global Education Coalition. The Organization unveiled the project, Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of crisis and Beyond

  16. Entrepreneurial training and knowledge help to identify such opportunities. There can be numerous solutions to one problem, the key is to learn how to navigate those solutions and find the most practical.

  17. Impressive article. It is really worthy of note that developing skills in thie trying times following COVID-19 outbreak is very essential. It is also important to understand the type of skill to develop at this time to create impact in the society. COVID-19, has created some necessity in skills development such as the IT professions, digital, sewing, toleteries and catering. skills in this regards will go a long way to empower people and eventually make a living even with the pandemic.

  18. Impressive article. It is really worthy of note that developing skills in thie trying times following COVID-19 outbreak is very essential. It is also important to understand the type of skill to develop at this time to create impact in the society. COVID-19, has created some necessity in skills development such as the IT professions, digital, sewing, toleteries and catering. skills in this regards will go a long way to empower people and eventually make a living even with the pandemic.

    I really agree with Togeda’s comment! It is great and reflective, i urges all other 2020 CEC Contestants to join our entrepreneurial flight now!!!

  19. Enterprenuerial training and knowledge helps to identify business opportunities and launch startups.
    Did you know?

  20. Quick fact: Data from the United Nations confirms that about 70 percent of the world’s learners are affected by the school closures.
    Did you know?

  21. Shaping youth’s skills in challenging times is essential. Isn’t it?

  22. Fact shows that world wide, one in five young people are not in employment, education, or training also known as NEET.

  23. I agree with anayochukwujulius. Read his comment and verify the revelation.

  24. There can be a bunch of solutions to a problem, but one key is to learn how to navigate those solutions and find the most pragmatic
    The free entrepreneurial training by the Entrepreneurship Campus can help you build this mindset

  25. I agree with Chiemezue, his comments are quite commendable and conceptualizing

    • One very essential lesson from this essay is that we should not just rely on one part of life because noone knows what tommorow brings. We should learn to be serial by learning and developing other useful skills in us.

  26. The global skills academy launched by the UNESCO unveiled a project for a resilient youth in the era of this pandemic on world youth skills day, July 15.
    Did you know?

  27. New graduates feel uncertain about their future as the pandemic has crippled local labor markets. Seasonal jobs, internships, and other potential job opportunities are at risk of being turned down.
    Did you know?

  28. There is a fact about education in developing countries. The fact is: people undergoing education in these countries are advised to attach vocational knowledge to their minds because their dream careers is not certain in such countries. Some of them advised do not like the idea and are affected by the problems of their respective underdeveloped country. Don’t you agree with me members?

  29. This essay has said it all. It is really rich in wits. There should always be a plan b, and that plan b is skill development for new opportunities.

  30. I agree with Gregory’s comment and moreover, skills acquisition in developing countries is essential. Why don’t you study and comprehend the above blog?

  31. today is zwanzig in german, so i Ephraim want to comment on This essay has said it all. It is really rich in wits. There should always be a plan b, and that plan b is skill development for new opportunities. Based on what julius said above.

    it is a reality

  32. UNESCO has just launched the Global Skills Academy, a place where to find free and high-quality online training offered by members of its Global Education Coalition. The Organization unveiled the project, Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond, on World Youth Skills Day, celebrated on 15 July. I urge you all to commend UNESCO for their meritorious repair on the ills of the world.

  33. Everyone can find a way to help young people get training in case they are out of jobs or education. Remember that a given solution can work in specific circumstances.
    Let’s be guided

  34. Females in under-developed countries and rural areas are more at risk of not returning back to the classroom when schools reopen.
    Do we know?

  35. I agree with anayochukwu’s comment
    Everyone can find a way to help young people get training in case they are out of jobs or education. Remember that a given solution can work in specific circumstances.

  36. On their part, new graduates feel uncertain about their future as the pandemic has disrupted local labor markets. Seasonal jobs, internships, and other potential job opportunities are at risk of being turned down. However, the global outbreak has not impacted all the sectors in the same way.

  37. Other data show that globally, one in five young people are not in employment, education, or training also known as NEET. Further on, three out of four young NEETs are women. At the same time, girls in developing countries and poor areas are more at risk of not returning back to the classroom when schools reopen.

  38. As an entrepreneur, one needs to be rational in the sense that when one establishes a start-up, it should not be only for profit purpose but also as a centre for development because not all entrepreneurs start a business with professional staff members; some of them start with beginners who need to develop in order to yield positive results. That’s why shaping youth’s skills in challenging times is very necessary. Who absolutely concurs with me?

  39. I think we campus members must endeavor and be cracy to think and refine this statement in our diverse entrepreneurial design oder laboratory;

    Developing useful skills during tough times is difficult but essential. Everything that people are doing now, school, work, travel, and even social interaction is happening in challenging contexts. COVID-19 pandemic affected the lives of young people in various ways. Currently, not every child, teenager, or student has the same access to education and online learning tools.
    Data from the United Nations confirm that about 70 percent of the world’s learners are affected by the school closures. On the other hand, millions have no access to the internet or computers to continue their education remotely.

    Today being einszwanzig juli, undzweithousendundzwanzig German that is 21 July, 2020

    I urges all members at out platform 2020 to embrace this gregory’s comment above;

    As an entrepreneur, one needs to be rational in the sense that when one establishes a start-up, it should not be only for profit purpose but also as a centre for development because not all entrepreneurs start a business with professional staff members; some of them start with beginners who need to develop in order to yield positive results. That’s why shaping youth’s skills in challenging times is very necessary. Who absolutely concurs with me?

  40. Members of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition, launched in March to support countries in developing inclusive learning solutions, are teaming up to provide youth with opportunities to gain digital skills and other competences 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.Campus members i hope you all will support this ?

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