International Youth Day
When : 12 August
Theme : Transforming education
Since 1999, International Youth Day is celebrated annually worldwide on 12 August to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.
There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. But 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones and 24 million of them are out of school. Political instability, labour market challenges and limited space for political and civic participation have led to increasing isolation of youth in societies.
2019 Theme: “Transforming education”
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world “– Nelson Mandela
Education is regarded as one of the fundamental needs of the people like they need food, clothes and home. However the light of education has not yet lit every corners of the world, in many places education still remains elusive.
Education is a vital means for potentialities of human being to emerge in a positive direction so that a man can live in the society in full dignity and can mold the habits, tastes and character of individuals, living in society by imparting knowledge and information. Education breaks the barrier and makes knowledge accessible to anyone.
Education should not be just knowing the facts but it should be a way of all round development of our potentialities and to find the inborn quality that everyone has. Education is an amalgamation of creativity and knowledge.
“Education is not the learning of the facts, but the training of the mind to think ” – Albert Einstein
“Youth should be given a chance to take an active part in the decision-making of local, national and global levels.”
United Nations Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon