The Ministry responsible for Youth Development and Sports and the Vanuatu National Youth Council (VNYC) would like to take this time to wish every young person of Vanuatu a happy Youth Day today (August 12).
Every August 12 is International Youth Day (IYD), as declared by the United Nations.
It is a day set aside to draw attention to youth, and it also provides an opportunity for young people to voice their concerns and dreams.
Increased efforts are needed to raise awareness about the importance of youth engagement and participation throughout our society so that youth can be empowered and fully contribute to society and development.
Like other countries, Vanuatu is dedicated to commemorate this very important day marked on the international world event calendar.
This year’s IYD has been designated the theme: ‘Youth building peace through economic empowerment’.
The theme attests the role youth have in deterring and resolving conflicts, and as key constituents in ensuring the success of both peacekeeping and peace building efforts. And towards this aim of building peace, youth require power, resources and freedom to be economically empowered.
This year will see the 6th celebration of International Youth Day in Vanuatu, jointly organized by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, the Vanuatu National Youth Council, the Malampa Provincial Government and the province’s Youth Council.
President Obed Tallis will officially launch the event to be staged in Lakatoro, Malakula, from September 3 to 8.
Last year’s celebration was hosted by the Penama Youth Council on the island of Maewo.
To ensure success of the IYD 2017 event, over 14 stakeholders have confirmed to deliver awareness and workshops for young people throughout the week.
According to the program, there will be debates on the theme to foster youth dialogue, knowledge and skills building, and a series of rotational sessions for workshops and awareness are lined up each day based on the following topics: financial inclusion, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, anti-corruption, child protection, media, planning.
IYD 2017 is an event not to be missed – this year the event has partnered with the popular Reggae Faea Music Health Campaign, which will be a major highlight of the program bringing over 60 musicians from Luganville and Port Vila to Lakatoro, and collaborating with local Malampa musicians for workshops and on stage.
Another highlight of the event will be a visit from Nasi (the nasiviru), the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games mascot, who is currently busy travelling around Vanuatu.
Nasi will be joining the team on Malekula to promote the upcoming Games which is scheduled for December this year.
Other important in-house activities include the election of a new Malampa Provincial Youth Council and the election of the National Youth Council, which will take place during the Council’s Annual General Meeting.
Vanuatu National Youth Council would like to extend an invitation to interested youth, partners and stakeholders who wish to join the team in Malekula to urgently call Regianna Iakula or Joe Kalo at the VNYC Secretariat on 5259996 or 7749301 for travelling and logistic arrangements.
Provincial Youth and Sports Officers and Youth Presidents are assisting youth in their respective provinces and municipals as well to ensure those who are interested can attend. Accommodation and meals will be covered for all participants; however, each youth is responsible for his/her travelling expenses.
The Malampa IYD 2017 Committee has confirmed that preparations are underway. MALAMPA is expecting to bring a total of 300 youth from around Malekula, Ambrym and Paama to attend the event. Another 400 youth throughout Vanuatu will attend the event, pending the confirmed traveling arrangements of participants from other provinces.