Globally the day is marked on 12 August every year and was first designated International Youth Day by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1999.
It serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, the United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) Tanzania’s programme manager, adolescent and youth development, Dr Majaliwa Marwa noted that Tanzania celebrates the event today because the 12th August global event coincided with Eid el Hajj celebrations and other national matters.
He said the today’s event to be followed by the youth conference tomorrow will see participants discuss various issues affecting youths in the country and how to solve them.
“ The event will provide opportunity for youths to air their concerns and challenges, some of which might get response from the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, the guest of honour,” he said.
Majaliwa also noted that the 20th anniversary celebrations is under the theme “ Transforming education” is in line with the fourth Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) that is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
“Inclusive education can respond to challenges facing young people like maternal health, life skills in efforts to attaining the SDGs,” said Majaliwa.
He added that tomorrow, the youth conference to be held at Chang’ombe area in the city would see young people showcase their skills as well as entertainment.
The event will take place alongside the UNFPA’s 50th anniversary. It has been organised in collaboration with other stakeholders working on the youth matters such as the ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNFPA, among others.
Ridhione Juma, outreach coordinator at the restless development, one of the local NGOs that is also involved in organising the event while speaking yesterday said that the event is important in bringing young people together.
He stated that his organisation was involved in reaching school based youths in a one week event the preceded the national celebration. This he noted was done in Dar es Salaam, Njombe and Dodoma regions.
“It is prudent that the youth take the occasion and freely discuss issues affecting them,” he said, adding that there are many challenges that hinder them from contributing effectively in nation building.