International Youth Day (IYD)is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August, 2000.
International Youth Day is observed annually and it is meant as an opportunity for governments and others relevant stakeholders to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.
Along with recognising efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society, it also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.
As mentioned by the UN, there are around 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world currently and paying a special attention to these youths is the need of the hour. Therefore, in order to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth, the International Youth Day is celebrated.
Several are the themes covered every years; for example, International Youth Day’s Slogan for 2014 was Youth and Mental Health. For 2015, it was Youth and Civic Engagement. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day was “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.” For 2017, the theme of IYD was “Youth Building Peace”. The theme for IYD 2018 was “Safe Spaces for Youth”.
The theme for International Youth Day 2019 is “Transforming education”, highlighting efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth. Not surprisingly, the Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
The importance of quality education in youth development is well known. However, a number of youths are dropping out of schools and colleges these days. To promote education and encourage taking up studies, the United Nations is taking necessary steps.
In this way, this celebration it will go on recognising the contributions of young people to different fields, from preventing conflict, supporting inclusion, social justice, fighting poverty, sustaining peace, and many others.
Enjoy the 2019 International Youth Day!!