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Skills for A Resilient Youth : A SkillNG Conference

Youth unemployment and underemployment stands at 55.4% in Nigeria according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Which means that for every 2 young people, one is either unemployed or underemployed. And that was before the Covid-19 Pandemic.

As at June, 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released a maiden report of COVID-19 impact monitoring survey which revealed that “majority already lost their jobs” and that the previous general unemployment statistics of 23 million people might have tripled, even far ahead of the previously predicted 33.5% unemployment rate in 2020. The fact that youths constitute more than half of the country’s population means that they are the most affected in the job loss occasioned by the pandemic.

It has been reported that Africa as a whole needs to create 20 million jobs every year to meet unemployment needs of its growing population. And nearly half of those jobs have to be created in Nigeria as the country gets additional roughly 2.9 million entering the job market yearly. This means that the country must create 10 million jobs per year to keep up. Sadly, available data from world bank in 2018 records that Nigeria only created 450,000 jobs throughout that year.

And in the most complicated twist, it has been researched that 9 in 10 Africans are not qualified for job vacancies they apply for. This is as a result of insufficient skills or skill mis-match just as it has been bandied around in the media for long that 80% of Nigerian youths are unemployable. This establishes the fact that skill development is critical to solving youth unemployment.  

This is why we are putting this virtual conference together in commemoration of the 2020 World Youth Skills Day to discuss this year’s theme of “Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond”. As young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.

We have assembled an amazing panel to discuss this year’s theme from various angles including private sector, non-profit and international organisations’ perspectives and contributions to youth skill development globally and Nigeria in particular. The panel consisting of youth leaders will be telling us what has been done, is being done and what we need to do in contributing to the skill development of building a resilient youth. The virtual conference will also feature short highlights about the works of each of the panelists in contributing to youth development, generally. Find the details of the conference below:

Date: July 15, 2020

Time: 2.00PM

Venue: Zoom

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