“A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.” – Swami Vivekananda
International Youth Day is a United Nations-designated day when youth from different countries participate in events and discussions on socio-economic and socio-political issues. It is celebrated on august 12 every year.
This year the theme was ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’. It focus on majorly three areas:
- Engagement at the community level
- Engagement at the national level (formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation)
- Engagement at the global level.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year no huge events are planned but the UN has launched a social media campaign, Join #31DaysOfYOUth, to celebrate young people throughout the month of August to help spread the word and strike up a conversation surrounding youth engagement for global action. Many online debates and discussions were done to ensure that needs of the young are met. Several universities, colleges and schools had organised a webinar to spread inter generational understanding, organisation of a youth forum to exchange ideas are too done.
Over the past weeks, maybe months, young people have been taking action and developing many creative ideas to face these challenging times, whether by helping their community, finding innovative learning ways, keeping a positive spirit, taking care of their relatives and loved ones, and much much more.
In this time of pandemic, it is important that governments too should listen to youth alongside other sections of the population in responding to COVID-19 challenges.
A young mind and body is far more productive both economy and politically. If directed towards right path they could do wonders for the country as a whole. This day every year lays emphasis on up liftment of people and contribute in spreading awareness about importance of human resources for development of oneself as well as the country.
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.