World Youth Skills Day, on the 15th of July, is an opportunity to recognise the importance of education and training for communities around the world.
Inaugurated by WorldSkills International and the United Nations, the focus of the program is on the world’s youth, especially those is developing nations. According to the UN, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and 125 million youths are working, but still live in extreme poverty.
The goal of providing educational and training facilities is to reduce unemployment and underemployment among youth, lifting many out of poverty and securing them personal growth and independence.
The Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop supports a number of initiatives and enterprises that aim to inspire and support communities who have traditionally not had access to basic and ongoing education.
One example is the Helping Hands Project in Bolivia, which assists financially disadvantaged students in La Paz, providing them with the opportunity to receive an education and achieve independence. In 2016, through donations, volunteers and individual sponsorships, Helping Hands has been able to assist 90 students into attending high school and post-secondary education.
Come and see the wristbands handcrafted by the students in our Fair Trade Shop.