About 3 in 4 young people lack skills needed for jobs, new report finds – Reuters

As World Youth Skills Day approaches, UNICEF and the Education Commission call for urgent investment to tackle the global learning and skills crisis

**NEW YORK, July 13, 2022**– Almost three-quarters of young people aged 15-24 in 92 countries for which data is available are failing to acquire the skills needed for jobs, according to a new report released today by the Education Commission and UNICEF ahead of World Youth Skills Day.

Learning recovery: are children and young people on the right track in terms of skills development? presents analyzes of skills development in early childhood and among children of primary school age and youth. Data highlights low levels of skills among children and young people across all age groups, with young people in low-income countries least likely to have the skills needed to thrive, especially in future employment opportunities, decent work and entrepreneurship.

“An inspired and skilled generation of children and youth is essential to the prosperity, progress and success of societies and economies. Yet the majority of children and young people across the world have been let down by their education systems, leaving them uneducated, uninspired and unskilled – the perfect storm for unproductivity,” said the Education Director of UNICEF, Robert Jenkins. “There is an urgent need to invest in cost-effective and proven solutions to accelerate learning and skills development for the current generation and future generations to face this crisis.”

With high rates of out-of-school youth and low skills at secondary level, countries around the world are facing a skills crisis, with the majority of young people unprepared to join today’s workforce. today, notes the report.

Deep disparities between countries and among members of the poorest communities deepen inequalities. In at least 1 in 3 low-income countries for which data is available, more than 85% of young people are behind in acquiring secondary, digital and vocational skills, the report notes.

“To give young people the best chance of succeeding and recovering from learning losses due to the pandemic, we need to support them holistically. But we can’t recover what we don’t measure. We need to know where children and young people are in construction That’s why the Education Commission, UNICEF and partners have worked to fill critical data gaps, including launching the clock World of Skills to help track progress and educate young people about skills acquisition. around the world so that we can target urgent actions to prepare this generation to thrive in the future,” said Liesbet Steer, Executive Director of the Education Commission.

Data from 77 countries show that less than three quarters of children aged 3 to 5 are developmentally on track in at least three of the four domains of literacy-numeracy, physical, social-emotional and learning. At around age 10, the majority of children in low- and middle-income countries are unable to read and understand simple text. These foundational skills are the building blocks of learning and skill development, the report notes.

basic literacy and numeracy; transferable skills, including life skills and social-emotional skills; digital skills, which enable people to use and understand technology; job-specific skills, which support the transition to the labor market; and entrepreneurial skills are essential for children to thrive. These skills are also essential for the development of societies and economies.

UNICEF and the Education Commission urge governments to provide every child with a quality education and remove barriers that put them at risk of dropping out of school; assess children’s learning levels and offer appropriate remedial courses to bring them up to speed; prioritize basic skills to build a solid foundation for lifelong learning; and supporting psychosocial health and well-being by providing holistic support. The report highlights the need for more comprehensive data on the skills gap among children and young people of all age groups.

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