International Youth Day 2019
International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August to raise the awareness of the challenges and hardships faced by the youth.
In 1999, UN General Assembly designated 12 August as an International Youth Day. It is an annual day that is to celebrate the role of young women and men as essential partners in promoting human rights and development. This day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships faced by the youth all across the world.
International Youth Day 2019 Theme
The theme of International Youth Day 2019 is “Transforming education” that is to highlights the efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth all over the world, including efforts made by youth themselves. Rooted in Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” – International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, young people and youth leaders and all youth-centered organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education so that it becomes a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development across the world.
International Youth Day – History
- 1985 – International Year of Youth
The United Nations celebrated its inaugural International Year of Youth.
- 1995 – World programme of Action for Youth
The UN celebrates the initiative’s tenth anniversary by implementing the World Programme of Action for Youth, which establishes goals and guidelines that could help create a better life for the world’s young people.
- 1990 – International Youth Day
The UN names August 12 International Youth Day.
Why International Youth Day is Important
- It focuses on building a better world for upcoming generations
International Youth Day does more than simply encouraging the children and young generations directly. It also lays out a set of priorities to focus on for creating substantial improvements in children’s lives. The fifteen priorities created by the UN include areas of focus like dropping cases of HIV/AIDS, fighting childhood hunger, and providing young children with more access to education.
- It raises awareness about poverty
The more aware we are of these issues, the faster we can work together to help eradicate them.
- It encourages creative thinking for a better future
International Youth Day’s list of actionable priorities encourages others to think about specific things they can do to make a substantial difference in children’s lives all over the world.
How to Observe International Youth Day 2019
- Volunteer with young people in your community
A great way to assist children in your near area is by simply being there for them. Join any kind of volunteer organization that helps children practice their schoolwork, delivering food to families in need, or otherwise improving the lives of young people in your community.
- Educate the kids in your life
Talk with children in your area about how they can help make a difference for kids in need, and aim to be a positive role model in their lives. Think about ways to improve the lives of the kids you know, and take action whenever possible.
- Make a donation
Find a charity that aligns with your objectives, and donate extra money or items. You can donate children’s books and cloths to a local hospital or homeless shelter, drop off groceries at a food bank that serves young families, or donate everyday necessities to a refugee organization.
Well, the possibilities are endless! It merely depends on you, how you want to support this event to make it a great success!