International Youth Day set for next week

By Martha David

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport said preparations are ongoing to celebrate this year’s International Youth Day.

The day is celebrated annually on the 12th of August and will bring youth together to address their issues and to recognize their roles in the community.

Celebrations in South Sudan will begin with secondary school students’ debate on 9th of August. It will be followed with a marathon on 10th of August to create awareness about the potentials of youth.

The activities are supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Acting Undersecretary for the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports Joseline Samson Apaya said the youth are everything country needs to develop.

“Youth are the backbone of the country, and the builders of the nation, and sometimes they are the victims when we are at war,” Ms. Apaya said.

Bak Atiang Bak, Chairperson of the Steering Committee for National Youth Union, said the Union is ready to achieve and find solutions for all programs lined up to celebrate the day.

“We can be able to provide lasting solutions to early marriages and cattle raids, we can create awareness on HIV/Aids and also give good training to the youth through proper education,” Atiang said.

He called on all the youth organizations to unite to address challenges facing them.

“We cannot expect others to come and solve issues regarding girl child marriage or cattle raids. As youth we must work for this, since we are the majority making the 75 percent of this country’s population,” he said.

“It is a big task, let us work hard and find solutions then others will come and help,” Atiang added.

He advised the youth to unite, forgive, and reconcile with each other for coexistence.

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