International Youth Day
International Youth Day (IYD) is annually celebrated on 12th of August from the year 2000. It was declared by UN on accepting the resolution by world conference Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1999. It is day to create awareness and to draw the attention of Governments and other Organization towards the problems faced by Youth.
Youth is the transition time between Childhood and Adulthood. As per UN statistics, the age group of youth is between 15 to 24 Years. But youth is not just age it is an experience. The experience of youth defines an Individual for rest of his/her life. It is a turning point in life where many major decisions are taken like Education, Career, Morality and many more important aspects.
India is a young country. From earlier year’s statics, India has 34% Youth population which is pretty high compared to other popular nations. Youth are a valuable human resource who are digitally upgraded and have a high potential for developing a country’s economy, culture, technology, management and even politics. They are the tomorrow of a nation.
Why we celebrate IYD 2020?
The aim of IYD 2020 is to shed light on the need to enable the engagement of youth by making local, national and global institutions more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity (and relevance) to achieve global action.
IYD 2020 seeks to put the spotlight on youth engagement through the following three interconnected streams:
1. Engagement at the local/community level;
2. Engagement at the national level (formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation); and,
3. Engagement at the global level.
International Youth Day Themes
“Youth Engagement for Global Action” is the theme of International Youth Day 2020. The theme spotlight the ways during which the engagement of children at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, also as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics are often significantly enhanced.
‘Transforming Education’ was the International Youth Day 2019 theme. International Youth Day theme highlights the measures to make education more broad and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.
International Youth Day 2018 theme was “a safe space for youth”. Youngsters face many challenges in finding employment and career growth. To some survival is difficult with poverty, hunger and limited access to healthcare facilities. They have to struggle every day to get basic necessities. Some are victims of violence and abuse and without proper morality or teaching, they have also become a vicious perpetrator themselves.
It is a major concern and actions must be taken by the government in developing and stabilizing the Youth position. A Nation’s growth is based on youth resource and harnessing their skills, motivating and nurturing them are important. Giving the youth a platform and authority to show their abilities can create miracles. Be it in Government Administration, Defense, Research, development or even in private IT sectors or management giving a right Youth a right opportunity can take our Nation’s economy and development to new heights. By Himalai, We want to motivate youth in taking the path which they are destined to.