To celebrate World Youth Skills Day (Wednesday 15 July), World Villages for Children (WVC) are highlighting the vocational skills and training the children gain at their schools worldwide.

The children in the WVC schools programme, which are run by the Sisters of Mary, are taught vocational courses to reflect the skills required in their local community, these include:

  • Computer studies
  • electronics
  • Tailoring & dressmaking
  • Mechanical & engineering
  • Catering & culinary arts
  • Book-keeping
  • Fashion design
  • Jewellery making
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Dental hygiene
  • Secretarial
  • Nursing

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on education institutions around the world with lockdown measures leading to closures. Fortunately, due to the hard work of the Sisters of Mary and the students; and due to the generous funds from supporters; WVC schools have been able to stay open during the pandemic to look after the children, and to continue with their education. 

“Where I am today could have been totally different had it not been for World Villages for Children” – Junilo, graduate from Cavite boystown, Philippines.

From dressmaking lessons in the World Villages for Children school, to a career as a tailor -Yhanyhan, Graduate from Cebu Girlstown, Philippines.

Read their stories here

Read more about World Skills Day here: www.un.org/en/observances/world-youth-skills-day