International Youth Day: 2019 Theme and significance

International Youth Day: 2019 Theme and significance

The International Youth Day was observed across the world on August 12 to recognize the efforts put in by the youth for the betterment of the society. The 2019 theme of the day is “Transforming education”.

International youth day 2019 Theme

The International youth day 2019 theme “Transforming education” emphasizes on the efforts to make education more accessible and inclusive to the youth. In line with the Goal 4 of 2030 SDG to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, the International Youth Day aims to highlight how the governments and youth-led and youth-focused organizations are transforming education to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

International Youth Day Objective

The International Youth Day aims to promote the ways to engage the youth and make them more actively involved in their communities through positive contributions.

According to the United Nations, there are roughly around 1.8 billion young people between the age group of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. However, more than half os these young people aged between 6 and 14 years lack basic reading and maths skills, despite attending school. This fact threatens to severely hamper the progress of the 2030 SDG Agenda.

International Youth Day Significance

The International Youth Day is being co-organised by the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNESCO. The UN data reveals that significant transformations are required in the education systems to make them more inclusive and easily accessible. Currently, only 10 percent of the young people have completed upper secondary education in low-income countries, 40 percent of the global population of young people is not taught in a language that they can fully speak or understand and over 75 percent of secondary school-age refugees are out of school.

One of the primary requisites of achieving the set Sustainable Development Goals is enabling inclusive and accessible education. Education plays a major role in accelerating the progress of the 17 SDGs and it also plays a crucial role in youth development and comprehensive youth development benefits society-at-large.

International Youth Day in India

India observed the International Youth Day by conferring the National Youth Awards for excellent work and contribution in different fields of development and social service. The Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju conferred the National Youth Awards on the occasion to individuals aged between 15-29 years and organizations for their excellent work and contribution in different fields of development and social services such as health, promotion of human rights, active citizenship and community service.

The National Youth Awards aims to motivate young people to achieve excellence in the field of national development and social service and to help them develop a sense of responsibility towards their communities and improve their potential as good citizens.

International Youth Day Background

The UN General Assembly first designated August 12 as International Youth Day in 1999. The day was established to serve as an annual celebration of the role of young people in bringing about change and to raise awareness regarding the problems and challenges faced by them.

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