International Youth Day

  • 17 Aug, 2018

“Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.” – APJ Abdul Kalam

India is a young nation and more than 65% of India’s population is youth, ranging from the age of 25 to 35. Students of SAI International Residential School celebrated the International Youth day on August 12, 2018 and a session was held on the same, by the Art Club. There was a live painting activity, in which the student drew a beautiful picture related to the youth. It was inspiring to see children draw beautiful paintings on youth day.

International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first International Youth Day was observed on 12 August, 2000.

What the youth need today is safe spaces to grow, to express their view, to be respected, get opportunities to be creative and innovative, a place where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and feel they are wanted.  One way to tap the potentials of the youth is recognize their work, treat them with and in dignity. UN speaks of Safe Spaces such as civic spaces to enable and empower youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces to afford the youth with the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces to help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and the well planned physical spaces to accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence.