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Happy World Youth Skills Day!

15th July 2017

Today marks World Youth Skills Day. This year, the focus is on 'Youth Skills to Improve Youth Employment.'

According to the UN: “Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labour market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions.”

The lack of job opportunities for young people is very relevant in Tanzania, where the unemployment rate for those aged 15-34 is 13.4%. In the UK 11.2% of 16-24 year olds are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Those who volunteer with Raleigh Tanzania do so for a host of reasons and one of those is to gain skills to help with future employment and education opportunities. Sustainable Development Goal four calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills.

Raleigh International believes in creating lasting change through youth, and we know that developing skills in young people now is the key to their success in later life. We asked ICS volunteers what skills they hope to gain from volunteering with rural communities in Tanzania. The teams also outlined why it is vital for young people to be equipped with skills.

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