Statement From Steven Del Duca on World Youth Skills Day

Young people, around the globe and right here in Ontario, are engaged, connected, and committed to building a better world. Whether they are fighting against climate change for a sustainable future, or at the forefront in the struggle for a more inclusive and equal society, young people are leading. 

Yet, the reality of the world’s 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 is grim. They are nearly three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, and their jobs were among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Today, on World Youth Skills Day, we look to the future and ask ourselves what we can do – education and skills training is vital to helping young people achieve their goals and break barriers. From investing in schools and education to ensuring that no child in Ontario goes to bed hungry, we must do more and better for the next generation.  

It is our responsibility to leave a better world for our children, and to equip them to learn the skills they need to navigate that world.

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