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World Youth Skills Day: Equipping young people with the skills to be successful

World Youth Skills Day recognises the importance of equipping young people with the skills to become successful adults
World Youth Skills Day recognises the importance of equipping young people with the skills to become successful adults

Today is the first-ever World Youth Skills Day! Last year, we helped approximately 134,700 children, young people and adults attend school. Here, we take a look at two young people–one from Zambia and another from Malawi–who have undergone skills training with the help of SOS Children.

At SOS, we believe access to quality education is a fundamental human right. We run over 180 schools (primary and secondary) and 50 vocational training centres. SOS Social Centres and SOS Family Strengthening Programmes also help vulnerable children and families receive educational training. 

Allowing dreams come true in Zambia

It has been John’s dream to start his own business ever since he was a child. Today, his dream is becoming a reality after graduating from the SOS Vocational Training Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. “I have eight siblings and my mother is elderly and widowed. I have been working hard to be able to support my family,” says the 21-year-old.

Being unemployed in Lusaka is very difficult for those who have been unable to access education due to poverty. None of John’s siblings are employed which had left the family in a tight financial situation. His family became a beneficiary of the SOS Family Strengthening Programme in their community. SOS Children provided John with the opportunity to train in carpentry and joinery at an SOS Vocational Training Centre. The one year course equips students with practical skills and work experience.

“While at the SOS Vocational Training Centre, I learnt the necessary skills to become a well-trained carpenter. I also learnt how to start my own business, which I plan on doing,” says John.

Young man installing electrical box after becoming an electrician thanks to the Family Strengthening Programme in Malawi
William is installing an electrical box in a new house

A bright future for a qualified electrician

“SOS Children saved my life. Without the training and support I was able to receive, it is hard to imagine how life would have been like. SOS has improved our family’s living conditions beyond our imagination,” says William, a beneficiary of the SOS Family Strengthening Programme in Malawi.

William grew up in a family of seven. When their father passed away, life for the family took a turn for the worse. The family was left without a caregiver who could support them, which resulted in William frequently missing school.

Soon after, William joined the SOS Family Strengthening Programme which allowed him to continue his education. SOS Children provided the struggling family with food, mosquito nets to prevent malaria, and warm blankets. William received the support and skills to lead a successful adult-life. Today, the 25-year-old is a trained and qualified technician in electrical installation.

World Youth Skills Day

World Youth Skills Day, celebrated on 15 July, is an international day that recognises the importance of equipping young people with the skills to become successful adults. This year’s theme is “Youth skills for work and life in the post-2015 agenda”.

Help a child receive the necessary skills to become a successful adult. Sponsor a child today.

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