UNESCO and young leaders tackle youth unemployment through education on Malala Day


Youth unemployment has skyrocketed across the world in the last decade and young people are now three times more likely than adults to be unable to find a job.

Katerina Ananiadou, Programme Specialist at the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre⃰⃰ in Bonn, Germany, believes that technical and vocational education and training, with its focus on providing work-related skills, is central to tackling youth unemployment, and will share her message with 500 young leaders from around the world at Malala Day on Friday 12 July.

“For technical and vocational education and training systems to have a significant impact on youth employment, they need to transform themselves,” Ms Ananiadou said. “We’re now looking for feedback from young leaders about what this transformation should look like, what the role of governments, the private sector and civil society should be, and how we can make sure that the voices of young people are heard.” 

Convening at the United Nations in New York in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, the young leaders will hear Malala Yousafzai’s first high-level public statement on the importance of education since she was shot by the Taliban last year in Pakistan. The day will be declared “Malala Day”, marking Malala’s 16th birthday and highlighting her campaign to accelerate the goal of getting all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015. 

UNESCO will also take part in the Malala Day Youth Fair, helping young people learn more about UNESCO’s role in promoting quality Education for All and encouraging them to get involved in looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development through education.  

UNEVOC is UNESCO’s International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, taking action to strengthen and upgrade TVET systems and supporting UNESCO’s mandate for Education for All.