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International Youth Day 2019
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International Youth Day 2019

12th August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.

The 2019 theme is 'Transforming Education', highlighting the efforts needed to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth. The day will examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organisations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education so that it becomes a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, said "Education today should combine knowledge, life skills and critical thinking. It should include information on sustainability and climate change. And it should advance gender equality, human rights and a culture of peace. Today, we celebrate the young people, youth-led organisations, Governments and others who are working to transform education and uplift young people everywhere."

Read more about the day.

Image Credit: Jonathan Banks

Author: DelAgua

Publish Date: 12.08.2019

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