Youth is the season of hope and vigor
Covid19 pandemic has greatly influenced the dynamics of our daily lives. Education and socio-economic structures across the globe have severely suffered so that people of all ages have had to undergo a tremendous shift from their previous lifestyles to a life under the rapidly changing situation of Covid19. However, among all these age groups youth, in terms of productive skills has been damaged the most. Keeping in view the importance of such crisis, UN has adopted the theme of “Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond” to be celebrated on 15 July the world youth skills day.
This pandemic has greatly disturbed the transition of such youngsters from student lives to their practical lives. Consequently, in addition to the fact that they have not only been demoralized by such bleak prospects, their unemployment has also dealt a severe blow to the economy of their respective nations. For instance, 64% of Pakistanis are younger than age 30 and 29% age between 15 to 25. The increase in their unemployment not only raises their chances of a downward social mobility as individuals, but also makes them a major contributory factor in Pakistan’s poverty. Nevertheless, it also suggests that if By innovative thinking and perseverance this adversity were to be changed into an opportunity, our youth can be provided a chance to become saviours of our nation from an economic collapse.
Owing to the fact that in the wake of the subsequent precautionary measures there has been a sudden shift to an IT oriented culture, many organisations and institutes have had to convert all their data from hard form into its soft copies. As a result, it has been seen that to save time many of such organisations hired or dispersed reasonable amounts of stipends to data entry operators. Similarly, some educational institutes who could afford, hired many fresh graduates simply because of being proficient in their IT skills. Also, people with motivational speaking abilities have also been in demand lately. Organisations and institutes employed them as an attempt to boost the morale of their employees or students to work with integrity from their homes. Some of such speakers also capitalised upon this opportunity for their self-employment and have made YouTube channels and are generating a reasonable amount of income to support themselves and to contribute in their domestic economies.
Even so, an overwhelmingly large number of our youth still remains unemployed. For some, it is because of the pandemic crisis but for many others it is due to a lack of strategic planning in formulating academic policies which would also help students in developing vocational skills along with their academic accomplishments. As a result, when fresh graduates or other skilled young adults go out in the market to sell their services, they are either rejected because of their inexperience or suffer a disheartening attitude owing to a lack of proficiency in their skills. Consequently, in order to resolve this crisis as a nation, let us not forget that no one is a born expert. If we do not pave a path for the skill development of our youth and give them a chance to learn through experience, who will? If every time they are turned down because of their inexperience, how would they ever be adequately experienced to be eligible for an employment.
So let us stand firm on this stance and provide opportunities to our children, our siblings, all our friends, to develop different sets of skills along with their academic careers!