On today’s World Youth Skills Day we are celebrating the importance of empowering young people. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect schools and learners, today’s World Youth Skills Day recognizes the creativity and resilience of our youth.1
Between March 2020 and May 2021 schools were either fully or partially closed for more than 30 weeks. Therefore distance learning became the most common way of delivering skills. This sudden change to distance learning resulted in learning losses and youth employment fell by 8.7% in 2020.2
To prevent further learning losses, the World Youth Skills Day addresses how stakeholders can help to ensure the continuity of skills development. The goal is that our youth will not suffer from the COVID-19 consequences for many more years.
Our aspiration at Smartest Learning is to provide a tool for learners to self-train and acquire useful skills from everywhere may this be at school or through distance learning. This is why it was important to us to mention this great initiative from UNESCO-UNEVOC and help empower young people.
UNESCO-UNEVOC is asking young people to showcase how they improved their skills during COVID-19. Let us know what skills you developed over the last year on our social media channels!
Our team at Smartest has been busy developing new skills in the past year as well…
“During the last year, I started a yoga teacher training. I learned to be more patient because my training had to be adjusted several times to the current Covid-19 regulations. That situation taught me inner resilience and finally, 8 months later than planned, I finished my training successfully.” – Alina, Marketing Intern
“Over the past year, I have been able to take advantage of the health situation to do more activities at home: learning to play the piano, doing crafts and gardening. It has taught me that doing things myself takes more time, but it is much more rewarding!” – Luca, Computer Vision Intern
“Over the last year, I focused on playing golf more regularly to improve my skills. After a lot of hard work and repetition, I played in my first golf tournament last month.” – Nikola, Natural Language Processing Research Engineer
“Last year we completed our first funding round. To be prepared for the in-depth discussions with investors and lawyers, I spent much time on learning about the legal structure and terms of a capital increase.” – Steve, Co-Founder & CTO
1 Learn more: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-youth-skills-day.
2 International Labour Organization https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_766949/lang–en/index.htm.