Microsoft Thailand, in collaboration with partners from public and private sectors, namely Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), Department of Skill Development, Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education, Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (Public Organization), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Jobs DB Recruitment (Thailand) Limited, and Thai Fund Foundation, launches “Accelerating Thailand” project, aiming to enhance the capabilities of 250,000 Thai labors across the country with digital skills through offline and online channels by October 2021.
COVID-19 pandemic has widely impacted jobs of many employees, daily workers, and overall population. Thailand’s Social Situation and Outlook of Q1/2020 report by the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) reveals that unemployment rate in the country grew by 1.03% or there were 400,000 more unemployed people. This year, it is predicted that there will be 8.4 million labors from 3 key industries that are at risk of losing their jobs, consisting of 2.5 million labors in the tourism and hospitality industry, 1.5 million labors in the industry sector and 4.4 million workers in other industries who have been impacted by the closures of several tourist attractions, such as markets, shopping malls and restaurants. Meanwhile, 520,000 fresh graduates are likely to face challenges landing a job as soon as they start to enter the job market.
The Flexible Learning Strategies for Out of School Children programme is a UNESCO initiative with the aim of supporting inclusive and quality education for every child in the region. Our goal is to reach the remaining and most vulnerable 5% of children with no access to education in the region and support quality improvements in learning for every child.
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