Celebrating International Youth Day

01 Sep 2011

Every year on August 12, the United Nations celebrate International Youth Day to recognize the efforts of young people and encourage them to be more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

This year, UNDP marked International Youth Day with several activities. In Colombo, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and joined hands with the British Council’s Global Changemakers and other youth organizations in an initiative supported under the activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteerism (IYV+10) where they broke the world record for the largest human mosaic. Forming the word ‘YOUTH’ on the grounds of the Colombo University, they were among the 1,500 youth who took part in the event.

Meanwhile, the UNDP Field Office in Kilinochchi/Mullaitivu organized a guidance programme for youth in the area. The 45 girls and boys who participated at the event deliberated on topics such as shaping the future of youth in Vanni, self employment opportunities in Vanni, right attitude for better performance, importance of non-violent communication and preparation of a CV and covering letter. Youth were also encouraged to form volunteering teams in their respective GN divisions. Extending their support, the UNDP Kilinochchi/Mullaitivu team aims link these young people with service providers and markets in the future.

While such activities aim to address some of the concerns facing youth today, they also provide a platform where young people are encouraged to actively participate in the development processes of the country.