International Youth Day

Youth, as the essential partners in change, was officially realized, understood and appreciated for the very first time in 1999. The world leaders stood up for a great cause and 12th August was designated as a day dedicated to raise awareness of the challenges and problems that the world’s youth face.

International Youth Day 2015 brought youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrated the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. Concerts, workshops, cultural events and meetings were organized by youth organizations, on national and local levels globally. Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub also took a grand initiative this year as well when School of Leadership organized Karachi’s finest youth event – I AM KARACHI Youth Champions to celebrate the achievements of the youngsters of Karachi in the spirit of Youth Day.

The theme for 2015 International Youth Day is Youth Civic Engagement, which is one of the main goals of the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan on Youth (Youth-SWAP) that seeks to promote young people’s effective inclusive civic engagement at all levels.

Pakistan is currently having a youth population with more than 100 million, aged under 24 years. They can be an asset for the country if they are converted into human resources and engine for economic development of Pakistan; however they can be a liability if their skills and knowledge are not developed.

32 percent of the total youth of Pakistan is illiterate; where 9.5 percent are unemployed and only 6 percent are equipped with technical skills. Due to these statistics the 32 percent of uneducated.

youth with no vocational and life skills, make a lot of individuals who are vulnerable to unemployed or inactive with females forming the majority.

Only with proper channeling of resources, working on the potentials of youth, providing employment opportunities and making them active citizens, can we avert the demographic doom.

Let’s avail this day as an opportunity to reflect on our problems and come up with creative solutions for the largest youth bulge of the world.

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