WorldSkills Namibia celebrates World Youth Skills Day

15 July 2020 | Education

ELIZABETH JOSEPH

WINDHOEK



Namibia today joins the rest of the world in marking World Youth Skills Day, an annual event which recognises the importance of equipping young people with skills and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges.

This year's celebrations take place in a challenging context, as the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures have led to the closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions across the globe.

WorldSkills Namibia, under the custodianship of the Namibia Training Authority, coordinates the event in Namibia.

Its manager, Sens Shoolongo, explains that the day seeks to generate greater awareness of the importance of technical and vocational training.



Virtual seminars

In joining the global celebrations, local skilled workers are set to join a series of virtual conferences, which start today and end on 22 July.

“Current and often pressing matters are up for discussion, ranging from topics such as technological innovation and the challenges of digital learning, to the power of transferable skills and the necessity of societies to support learners and young professionals, as well as the structures and mindsets required to overcome times of uncertainty and doubt,” Shoolongo says.

“Participants will also hear from WorldSkills Champions around the world about how the global pandemic has impacted them, whereas the virtual conferences will equally help determine and demonstrate how essential a wide range of skills are to Namibia's response to Covid-19.”

Interested people are encouraged to contact WorldSkills Namibia at 061-207 8300 for more information about the virtual conferences and how to secure participation.

“We look forward to our country's current and future skilled workers joining the platform.

“We also call on all of them to submit video stories about how they are coping and continuing to learn during Covid-19. These stories will be shared with an international audience to highlight the importance of skills development for a resilient youth,” Shoolongo says.

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