The United Nations General Assembly in the year 1999 chose the 12th of August as the International Day of the Youths
AUGUST 12TH: INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
The United Nations General Assembly in the year 1999 chose the 12th of August as the International Day of the Youths; the day is to celebrate the role of young people in causing change and to look at the challenges they face and ways to overcome them.
As at today, the number of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world is estimated to be about 1.8 billion which is the largest ever in the world’s history but sadly, more than half of this youth population do not have basic reading and math skills.
International Youth Day for the year 2019 is tagged “Transforming Education” with a focus on the 4th goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which explains that inclusive and equitable education must be ensured. This Day will help to scrutinize how all stakeholders are transforming education so that it becomes a formidable tool that can assist in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The year 2019 theme points out the needs for accessible and inclusive education for youths as it plays an important role in youth development. Youths and Youth organizations are also involved in achieving the transformation desired as regards education.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) collaborates with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to request that the Government, Youth-led Organizations and all Stakeholders work towards transforming education systems for the reality of the 21st Century as this will help in Sustainable Development which will prevent conflicts in our environment.