Dear youth, the world has a definition for you. It’s numerous, be it as it may be, one of your characteristics is to be young and active.
In 1997, the United Nations designated the International Youth Day (IYD). It has since been celebrated on every August 12. Dear youth, the day is used to draw attention to pertaining issues affecting you and to call on governments and other relevant institutions to include you in the decision making.
The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
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. through the following three interconnected streams:
- Engagement at the local/community level;
- Engagement at the national level (formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation); and,
- Engagement at the global level.
In written, it sounds pleasing how practical can it get? Dear youth, for you to be included in local, national, or even global decisions you need to meet the requirements. It’s just not about being included what do you bring to the table?
Dear youth, the table is already occupied, getting a space requires sustainable skills.
In a sense, you need to constantly be developing yourself, learn-to-learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Acquire skills that will not be only relevant but sustainable to the local demand with International relevance.
Dear youth, it’s not about celebrating the day, be in charge, take action.
Start right. Start simple. Start now.
From the Pison Group.