Activities mark International Youth Day 2019 in Ha Giang

Monday, 2019-08-12 09:31:44
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Delegates join a ceremony to mark the 2019 International Youth Day in Dong Van town, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, on August 11. (Photo: UN in Vietnam)
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NDO – A range of activities have been held in Dong Van town, Dong Van district, in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, to celebrate the 2019 International Youth Day (August 12).

On August 11, a ceremony took place in Dong Van to mark the day, which was hosted by the United Nations in Vietnam in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Ha Giang Provincial People’s Committee.

Featuring the theme “Transforming education,” this year’s International Youth Day highlights efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youths, including efforts by youths themselves.

The event also targets to examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organisations are transforming education towards becoming a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Addressing the ceremony in Dong Van town, Dao Quang Dieu, acting secretary of Ha Giang Provincial Youth Union informed that there are more than 200,000 young people in Ha Giang province, accounting for about 24% of the total population of the province. Currently, education status and other professional skills of Ha Giang youths have been improved significantly. This aims to form a young generation who are dynamic, creative, dare to think, dare to do, have economic thinking, are capable of seizing opportunities, and contribute positively to the socio-economic development of Ha Giang province, Dieu stated.

Astrid Bant, UNFPA Representative in Vietnam, said that the main purpose of young people’s participation is to empower them as individuals and as members of society to fulfil their role in improving the design and implementation of education policies, programmes and investments for young people. Active, knowledgeable and innovative young people will be essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and make good on the pledge to leave no one behind, she affirmed.

As investing in education is key to accelerating progress on Sustainable Development Goals, participants also called for more investment in education towards vulnerable and disadvantaged youths, including those from ethnic minority backgrounds and those with disabilities, to strengthen their equitable opportunities and promote authentic engagement in all other areas.

As part of the activities under the celebration, a policy dialogue was held the same day, gathering Vietnamese young people to discuss, share their perspectives and have their voices heard on transforming education, with the attendance of leaders and representatives of Ha Giang, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and relevant stakeholders.

Local youths join a training course on capacity building for young people as part of activities to mark the 2019 International Youth Day in Ha Giang. (Photo: UN in Vietnam)

Previously, before the main ceremony took place, Ha Giang's youths participated in a two-day capacity building training course to improve their presentation and critical thinking skills.

Recognising the importance of youths and the need to address issues surrounding them, in 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared August 12 International Youth Day, creating an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ views and initiatives and to call governments to address youth related issues worldwide. This is the fourth time the day has been observed in Vietnam.

TRUNG HUNG