Online boost for International Youth Day
The 20-year-old campaign around youth issues is using social media and Youtube to highlight the need for improvements in education across the world.
A raft of online activity is taking place to celebrate International Youth Day (12th August), which this year is aimed at issues around education.
The day of activity is being arranged by the United Nations and backed by youth charities globally.
This year’s international youth day is headlined ‘Transforming Education’ to highlight efforts to make education more inclusive for all youth.
“Making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive is crucial to achieving sustainable development,” said a UN statement.
According to the UN just one in ten people have completed upper secondary education in low-income countries and four out of ten people globally are not taught in a language they speak or fully understand.
Activity online includes a YouTube message from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, detailing how the campaign has supported youth issues for the last two decades and the importance of accessible and inclusive education.
Social media support
Charities using social media to back the campaign include Girlguiding, which is highlighting the dedication to youth issues of its delegates on the British Youth Council, which helps young people to influence policy.
Today is international #YouthDay! Our British Youth Council delegates are passionate about making a positive impact. Here’s how Amy has found being a delegate… https://t.co/c4ok0Rbggl pic.twitter.com/NTc4alnSs7
— Girlguiding (@Girlguiding) August 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Momentum Norfolk, which is part of Voluntary Norfolk, is among organisations to use International Youth Day imagery on social media to highlight the campaign’s theme of transforming education.
It’s International #YouthDay today! #TransformingEducation is not only about preparing youth for employment, but also about fostering critical thinking and crucial life skills. All our members foster these skills in young people through their work. You’re all awesome! #SDG4 pic.twitter.com/8rdkUr3Ijc
— Momentum (Norfolk) (@momentumnorfolk) August 12, 2019