Educo Bangladesh celebrated World Youth Skill Day on 15 July 2021 as its Adolescent and Youth Development Program, in collaboration with its seven partners, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Nazrul Smriti Sangsad, Shariatpur Development Society, People’s Oriented Program Implementation, SAINT-BD, SACHETAN, Eco-Social Development Organization marked the day through some programs. Since the physical gathering is prohibited due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the day was marked through social media platforms. The virtual events were conducted focused on the theme of Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic with a special tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
More than 162 adolescents and young (A&Y) from Dhaka, Narayanganj, Thakurgaon, Rajshahi, Shariatpur, Mymensingh, Barguna, and Barishal districts actively participated in several events planned locally to commemorate the day. The A&Y have connected and expressed their solidarity through webinars, an art competition, and an online essay writing competition. The government and other key stakeholders, including the Deputy Director, Department of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports, took part in a webinar and answered a variety of issues posed by adolescents and youth. In addition, he vowed to continue to help the A&Y by linking them with government-sponsored vocational training options in the future.
All these activities provided the opportunity for young people to learn about the history, significance, and objective of World Youth Skill Day, the value of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and the role of youth in times of social crises, such as the COVID 19 pandemic. They also exchanged information about market demands, training programs to narrow skills gaps, and their capacity to equip themselves with skills for employment and entrepreneurship.