Zambia to join the world to commemorate first ever World Youth Skills Day next month


The Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) has partnered with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of General Education and World Skills Zambia (WSZ) to facilitate a country wide commemoration of the United Nations (UN) 2016 World Youth Skills day which falls on Friday 15th July, 2016.

In a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka by TEVETA Director General David Chakonta this year’s theme will be “Skills for inclusive and sustainable development”.

Mr. Chakonta said Primary schools, Secondary, and tertiary education institutions in partnership with communities around them have been invited to help Zambia, join the rest of the UN member states in celebrating this important global event.

He said during its sitting in November 2014, the third committee of the UN General Assembly, decided to designate 5th July as the World Youth Skills Day.

Mr. Chakonta said the resolution was in recognition of the fact that fostering the acquisition of skills by youth would enhance their ability to make informed life and work choices and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets.

He said the committee’s decision was subsequently adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2014.

Mr. Chakonta explained that the commemorations will be done through a number of activities during the period starting July 10 to July 15, 2016.

He added that the President of the World Skills International Simon Bartley will be among the international guests who will grace the commemorations.