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International Youth Day : The Future Is Us

Written by Nindy Silvia Anggraini, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia 

International youth day is celebrated for some reason. Young people whose enthusiasm is very easy to ignite, are directed to good things that are useful for their environment. The theme for International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Involvement for Global Action” seeks to draw on how young people interact at the local, national and global levels in national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as lessons from how their representation and interaction in formal institutional politics can be of particular interest. significant. With this theme, we as young people are invited to be active in our environment in positive terms starting from the regional scope, namely the local community. The existence of NGOs which support the running of government activities with civil society and other organizations is one of the most appropriate places for young people to build bangs. As the title says, the future is us, young people. NGOs can be described as a “global network of opportunities”. NGOs are at the forefront of international action. Throughout history, when the Government has hit a dead end, NGOs have worked to solve it. Relentless advocacy helps support an international ban on landmines and cluster munitions. Your relentless urge to value gender equality, climate, and human rights. Once the influence of NGOs, it proves that through NGOs we can together build our nation for the better future.

The involvement of young people in NGOs has recently continued to increase as advanced technology can easily bring crucial issues to the surface. Youth movement through NGOs and the like to prove their participation in government whose main goal is to develop the country. Issues that are considered by the government, such as human rights, education, racism, the environment, and many more, are now starting to be discussed frequently and have even become the main discussion in government. The words “the future is us” are no longer nonsense. What we do as young people today will determine the future of our nation. For that, let our environment be active in the complex in our respective environment. Whether we choose to sleep, have fun, or just dive right into the problems around us, the tools we will get later. The word “young people” has the connotation of “making change” not “waiting for change”. So what are you waiting for?

“Transforming Education” – As the Theme of International Youth Day 2019

Written by Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia


International Youth Day has become an annual celebration that designated for young women and men around the world– trusted to be the essential partners in encouraging human rights and development. The notion of the commemoration created on 12 August 1999 in Lisbon, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY)– known as a strategic framework of guidelines for supporting, empowering and improving every hardship that faced by the world’s youth. The program also incites to raise the awareness that young people are counted as a powerful agent to represent a better world: both today and the future. The statement strengthened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in one of her writings that state “Young people are not only our future, they are our present. They are the most connected, the most outspoken and the most open-minded generation the world has ever seen”. 

Each year, International Youth Day (IYD) relies upon a new theme as a conceptual plan that communicates the chances, guidances and explicit objectives for every individual to take action. This year, 2019– IYD comes up with a theme of “Transforming Education” as a highlight goal to make education more universal and approachable for all the young people, involved the youth themselves– where it also refers to Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG) to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’’ It also derives from the global statistic results which revealed that there are just 10% of people in low-income countries who complete upper secondary school, 40% of the population in the world who never taught or completely understand their mother tongue and over 75% of secondary school refugees are out of school. 

On top of that, in 2015 the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) research showed that 42% of Indonesian students failed in reaching the minimum standards and performed at lower levels in science, reading and mathematics defeated by students in neighboring Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. In further analyses that were conducted by some of the international organizations, the struggle in improving Indonesia education system typically caused by insufficient funding, the inadequacy of human resources, poor incentive system and management. For more than a decade, Indonesia Ministry of Education and Culture have generated strategic plans to build smart and competitive individuals so they are capable to be successfully for jobs and many greater opportunities as it helps in raising the economic competitiveness. 

However, facing the battle of inferior Indonesia education quality has been rooted in politics and power affairs which affecting to the lack of financial, human resources and administrative requirements for a high quality education system. Therefore, referring back to the new theme of International Youth Day’s current year that transforming the education system to be more equitable and inclusive are needed big part’s role; including the youth themselves as often being the “knowers” and “actors” in educational change-makers. The governments have to stay responsible and persistent in building a powerful education system for society at all levels and backgrounds. Citizens have to stay engaged with the governments liable– but the young people must take bigger parts through conjoined with other parties such as NGOs, business players, social enterprises and more platforms to transfer quality education as to form a safe and better future.