International Youth Day

International Youth Day Quick Facts - NG

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2024 Date12 August 2024
2025 Date12 August 2025

International Youth Day

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International Youth Day History

International Youth Day is an observance initiated by the United Nations (UN), aimed at raising awareness about the challenges and opportunities faced by young people around the world. It emphasizes the importance of nurturing and empowering youths to be meaningful contributors to society. The day provides a platform for countries to address key issues affecting the younger generation, such as education, employment, health, and participation in civic and public life. The observance encourages partnerships between young people, governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to promote inclusive growth and sustainable development.

In Nigeria, International Youth Day is particularly relevant, considering that the country has one of the largest youth populations globally. The UN proclaimed the day in 1999 during its General Assembly, and Nigeria actively participated in the deliberations leading to this declaration. Nigeria's commitment to the development of its youth is demonstrated through various policies and programs aimed at empowering them in critical areas, such as education, health, entrepreneurship, and political participation. International Youth Day serves as a reminder for the country to review progress made in addressing these critical issues and recommit to advancing the well-being and aspirations of its youth population.

Nigerians celebrate International Youth Day through numerous activities designed to engage, empower, and inspire young people. From workshops and conferences to sporting events and cultural performances, stakeholders from various sectors come together to create platforms that promote youth-driven initiatives and encourage intergenerational dialogue. Citizens and organizations also use social media to amplify the voices of young people, showcase their achievements, and advocate for policy reforms. International Youth Day is observed on the 12th of August each year, serving as a rallying point for all who believe in the transformative potential of young people to create a more inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous world.

International Youth Day facts

  • The Theme of International Youth Day in 2023 was Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World
  • International Youth Day has been celebrated in over 100 countries, making it one of the most widely observed UN days.
  • The UN defines youth as people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, but events for International Youth Day often include people of all ages.
  • Nigeria has a youth population of over 90 million, one of the largest youth populations in the world.
  • Nigeria has a thriving youth population in various sectors, including technology, innovation, agriculture, and creative arts. IYD events in Nigeria have often showcased and celebrated the accomplishments and inspiring stories of these young people.

Top things to do in Nigeria for International Youth Day

  • Participate in a Youth Day celebration within your city. Use the hashtag #YouthDay to promote and find events.
  • Encourage confidence building activities for the youth in your life. This can be done by having youth participate in sports, drama clubs, debate clubs and music bands.
  • Organize a picnic at the Lekki Conservation Centre and have fun while enjoying the serenity of nature.
  • Nigeria has several beaches that are perfect for a beach party. Young people can organize a beach party to celebrate International Youth Day with music, games, and lots of fun at the beach.

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