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Vanuatu preparing for Youth Day on August 12

The Port Vila Municipal Youth Council President, Mr John Botleng is calling on all young people in Port Vila and surrounding areas of Efate to join in with other provincial/ municipal youth councils to commemorate the celebration of the international Youth Day (IYD) which will be held at the Feiawa Park (sea front), on Wednesday, 12th August 2020 in Port Vila.

Mr Botleng made this special call for young people to come forward to celebrate this special day together with the theme, ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’.

According to UN, the theme seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

The aim of IYD 2020 is to shed light on the need to enable the engagement of youth by making local, national and global institutions more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity (and relevance) to achieve global action.

This year’s IYD seeks to put the spotlight on youth engagement through the following three interconnected stream; Engagement at the local/community level; Engagement at the national level (formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation); and, Engagement at the global level.

For that reason, Vanuatu will be joining the global youth movement to commemorate the day.

“I am calling on every young people in Port Vila and surrounding areas around Efate to come join us celebrate this special day. Do come if you have nothing else to do at home or at least an hour free time. We want you to join, Just come”, President Botleng said in a radio interview this week at the Paradise FM 98.

Mr Botleng has confirmed that the program will commence in the afternoon of the 12th August which will include a custom ceremony, cake cutting and award giving ceremony to young people who have been seen as successful youth providing services and contributing to the youth development sector for Vanuatu.

“We have identified relevant organizations and networks to nominate names of their successful youth in Port Vila who deserve to receive award from our few selected categories. We knew a lot of young people are on that list and should be recognized for their service as well and we do salute them for that, however, we will award those who were highly recommended by organizations themselves. We will ensure the others will be acknowledge for their service”, President Botleng said.

Mr Botleng has also confirmed that the 52 Youth Parliamentarians that participated at the Youth Parliament Session last month will be joining the youth crowd to celebrate as well.

“The youth parliamentarians will be our special guests for the day”, Botleng said.

“We want young people to see that they are leaders despite who they are and what they do. Despite what they lack and what they are in search for. Despite the different stories they have and the different inspiring actions they performed. Despite losing hope and never giving up. We want them to come as they are”.

Mr Botleng also added that the Port Vila IYD program will be a unique and simple program involving young people from the five Municipal wards who will be walking through 5 different town entries towards the Feiawa Park.

The commemoration of this IYD Celebration will be organized by the Port Vila Municipal Youth Council in Partnership with the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, the Youth Challenge Vanuatu and the Vanuatu National Youth Council.

Vanuatu National Youth Council Secretariat has confirmed that this year’s celebration of the IYD should be hosted by the SHEFA Youth Council on the island of Emae, however, has been postponed to next year, 2021.

VNYC has also advised all Provincial Youth Presidents and Community Youth Leaders to do celebrate the 12th August within their area with ‘a little something’ to commemorate that day.

Meanwhile, youth are those range from age 12- 30 (35) years old.

For more updates; visit Facebook pages of the https://www.facebook.com/MoYSDVanuatu/ , https://www.facebook.com/vanuatu.youthworkersnetwork/and https://www.facebook.com/youthchallengevanuatu/

(Photo: IYD 2018- Port Vila)