On World Youth Skills Day, UNICEF India announced its partnership with SAP India to provide career counseling to young people in the country that will improve their employability skills in a COVID and post COVID era.
UNICEF is collaborating with YuWaah (Generation Unlimited) under this initiative to provide digital education and occupational skillset to the underserved young people of the country. Under the collaboration UNICEF – YuWaah – SAP will strengthen the following:
- Improve digital skills and life skills for young people
- Provide young people with career options.
- Reimagine the model in other states with the Government of India
- Impacting one million young people by the end of 2022
According to a release by UNICEF India, young people living in rural areas are particularly vulnerable when it comes to career and employability opportunities due to limited access to information, training, opportunities, or the skills to participate fully in India’s modernizing technology-driven economy. The national aggregate on the learner-computer ratio is reported to be 1:89, suggesting inequitable access in rural schools. It further suggests that technology solutions can be optimized better to address poor learning levels, low retention rates, poor life-skills, and gender inclusion.
“Quality education and digital inclusion have never been more important. COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of access to education and this couldn’t be more relevant to India which has the highest number of young people," says Alexandra van der Ploeg, Head of CSR at SAP.
She further shares, “Together with UNICEF in support of the UN’s Generation Unlimited initiative, we can use the power of innovation to solve social issues and help our youth through education, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. In true SAP spirit, our unique partnership with UNICEF will not only maximize our collective impact but inspire young people in India and across the globe to help the world run better. After all, if our young people aren’t given the opportunities for skill development, they won’t be able to associate and support social causes that help in the development of a nation.”
On this initiative, Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India shares, “COVID-19 has led to disruptions in educational, economic and social spheres of life, that has thrown up many challenges for young people. The UNICEF – YuWaah – SAP India partnership will empower young people to help them harness their creativity, problem-solving, and leadership to make a difference in their lives and in their communities. This partnership will address urgent challenges young people face by equipping them with life skills, social innovation, and career guidance.”