GIS – August 12, 2015: A National Forum, under the theme Building a Resilient Youth for Civic Engagement opened this morning at the Municipal Council of Port Louis, in the context of International Youth Day 2015. The theme chosen this year by the United Nations is Youth Civic Engagement.
Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the half-day forum aims at encouraging young people participate in public life so that they can be empowered to bring a full contribution to society, including sustainable development, peace through resilience. The forum brought together 120 young people aged between 17 and 29 years coming from National Youth Council, and secondary schools from the districts of Port Louis, Pamplemousses and Moka. Resource persons are from the University of Mauritius, Institut Cardinal Margeot and MACOSS.
Youth Civic Engagement, a main goal of the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan on Youth (Youth-SWAP), seeks to promote young people’s effective inclusive civic engagement at all levels. There has been recent increasing attention and policy and programming focus on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, regional and multilateral organisations, youth and researchers.
In his opening address at the forum, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Yogida Sawmynaden, said that to achieve civic engagement it is important for young people, while being conscious of social and economic challenges Mauritius has to face, to be also resilient and have a fighting spirit when faced with different trails in life. This youth is one that comes out successful with constructive experience, he pointed out.
Moreover, the Minister stated that young people need positive role models as they will be the leaders of tomorrow and Government firmly believes in their potential and their capacity to offer a better future for the country by contributing to the socioeconomic development of Mauritius.
International Youth Day
International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August each year as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999.
It 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.
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