World Youth Skill Day is celebrated across the globe to promote the strategic importance for children and youth to be equipped with the skills they need for the work of today and the future.
This year’s focus will be “reimagining youth skills post-pandemic”. Once again, the celebration will take place in a challenging context as the effects of the pandemic continue to unravel in an uncertain scenario which has posed many challenges to education. It has highlighted that digital skills for distance learning and working have become essential and that is necessary to teach and implement them from a very young age.
World Youth Skills Day 2021 will pay tribute to “the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis”. A virtual event has been organised by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. It will feature an interactive panel discussion among experts.
Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we focus on the importance of digital skills for young people to support World Youth Skills Day. Indeed, children and youth need to be given the tools and opportunities to correctly navigate the internet and understand both its numerous opportunities and risks.
The resource repository on the BIK portal collects various educational resources provided by Safer Internet Centres (SICs) designed to help teachers, parents and carers, and children and young people, to discover the online world safely.
To discover more about this topic, we recommend checking out the following:
- Back in April 2021, the European Schoolnet Academy launched the MOOC “Digital literacy and online safety: How the pandemic tested our skills”. It focuses on how disinformation, fake news and other online frauds have flourished during the pandemic, and how to effectively recognise them.
- Undoubtedly, the digital revolution provides many opportunities for child empowerment, participation, and expression, but it also raises concerns on how they can exercise their rights in the digital environment. Discover more about children and youth’s rights in the digital space in this focus article from the June 2021 BIK bulletin.