Prelims level : Governance Mains level : GS-II- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
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Why in News?

  • The world’s biggest international vocational skills competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019 got underway with a grand ceremony at Kazan, Russia.


  • Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship inaugurated the India Pavilion at the competition. Team India was familiarised with Russian culture during the One School-One Country program; also aims at encouraging children to join skill programs.
  • ‘Future Skills’ category introduced at the Competition to focus on digital economy.

One School One Country:

  • Before the opening ceremony, the competing teams came together to present their national cultures under the One School-One Country initiative.
  • The initiative aims to promote cultural exchange between the participating countries and to raise the profile of skills and different career pathways.
  • Participants visited a Russian School, where they interacted with Russian school students and also participated in cultural programs.

New Initiatives:

  • An international conference, WorldSkills Conference 2019, will also be held alongside the skills competitions, for government representatives, experts and thought-leaders to interact on an array of topics on future of skills to maximize economic and social impact.
  • Two new initiatives — WorldSkills Juniors and ‘Future Skills — are also being introduced in this edition. WorldSkills Junior aims at inspiring schoolchildren aged 14-16 years to join vocational and skill training and participate alongside the national teams.
  • The focus of ‘Future Skills’ is to lay emphasis on relevant fields of activity in the era of high-tech production and digital economy.
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