images (1)International Youth Day will be taking place on 12 August 2015, bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s society. Thematic discussions and information campaigns will take place on 12 August 2015 across the world, to engage both Member States and the general public to understand the needs of young people, to implement policies to help them overcome the challenges they face, and to encourage young people into the decision-making process. These objectives of the International Youth Day 2015 will also be addressed during the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum with the theme: Acting with and for the youth, taking place on 26 – 28 October 2015.

This year’s theme – ‘Youth Civic Engagement’ – emphasizes the involvement and inclusion of young people in building social cohesion and collective well-being, underlined Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her message on the Day.

“From social entrepreneurs to journalists, from voluntary workers to members of community organizations, young people contribute to shaping society to lead it towards political, cultural and economic renewal,” she stressed.

In line with this, on August the 15th, 2015, Educational Cooperative Society Women’s Board will be hosting a programme at Afara Leadership Centre to mark the International Youth Day. Many ideas are deliberated upon at the UN and the decisions taken affect us all. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to global policy making and help present what the youth of Nigeria need.

We will also be inviting a representative from the Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), to get us acquainted with the situation of victims of the insurgency in the northern part of the country. The DHI has been in the fore front of reaching out to the victims of the insurgency in the north east especially the women and girls who returned from the Sambisa Forest. You will be hearing first-hand information on what is current.

This is a great opportunity for us to broaden our horizon and make your voice heard on an international scale while impacting the lives of other young people like you.

The venue is Afara Leadership Centre and the time is 10 am prompt. Do be there and come prepared!

Published by Afara Leadership Centre

Afara Leadership Centre was set up in 1987 to provide an enabling environment for total personal development as well as growth in leadership skills and values for young women in their years of secondary and tertiary education. It is located at 25 Thorburn Avenue, off Montgomery, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is a project of Women’s Board of the Education Cooperation Society, a Nigerian not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. The spiritual formation given in the Centre is entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church

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