Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ndhiwa Youths Celebrate International Youth Day in Style

Youths matching in town to mark the day and create awareness of the day.
International Youth Day - an initiative that takes place on 12 August every year to celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today's global society.  12th August was designated as International Youth Day (IYD) by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to key issues concerning the youth worldwide.

According to UNESCO, "IYD is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world's youth." During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.

Action Aid Exhibition stand
Ndhiwa sub-county being in a rural setup, most youths here would have missed out on such an important day if Action Aid, ALIN, County Women Representative office among other stakeholders couldn't have organized such an exhibition and ideology sharing platform at Ndhiwa CDF hall on the eve of this day. The event was officiated by a representative from the office of the Sub-County Commissioner, Ndhiwa.

It is a great honor to appreciate Action Aid organization for their commendable effort in majoring in the localization of this event here at the grass-root level for the ambitious youths to borrow a leaf on the working ideas from the exhibitors from other regions.

Bob Aston, ALIN, explains how unemployed youths can earn a living through ICT
During this activity, talented youths from all walks of life had the opportunity to showcase their ability under the events special theme ‘advancing employment opportunities for youths in HomaBay County’. Employment being the major challenge in over 70% of youths in this country, those in attendance was able to realize that they too could still earn a better living through self-employment.

The event attracted over 400 youths with a splendid presence of exhibitors who were earning a living through fashion and beauty, freelance journalism and blogging, music, performing arts, tailoring, garbage collection and recycling, government funding opportunities and tendering, CSO and NGOs among the present categories. Otherwise, the event was a success and youths learnt a lot from their colleague.

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