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Bhubaneswar,14th August 2019:Centre for Advocacy and Research(CFAR) a non-government organization(NGO)working for the development of slum dwellers today celebrated International Youth Day(IYD) at CYSD, Bhubaneswarwith the youths of slums with the supportof IGSSS, New Delhi. About 40 young boys and girls from Kargil Basti, Kelasahi and Palaspalli slums participated in the celebration. 

Mrs. Rosalin Pattnaik, the project Coordinator of CFAR welcoming all the youths and guests on the occasion shared the importance of the day. Sharing the objectives of celebration of the day she said, “The IYD is being celebrated across the globe on 12 August every year from 2000 to recognize the efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.” She further said “the IYD is being celebrated to draw attention of the society and Govt. on the issues faced by youths all over the world in general and by the youths of slums in particular and to remind the young of the slumsof their rights and responsibility towards society and vice versa, to motivate them to achieve excellence in the field of national development and social service, etc”. 

Highlighting the problems being faced by the youths of the slum areas she said, due to the lack of land rights of their dwellings, they are prone to unhygienicliving, deprive of basic facilities,school drops outs, psychosocial stress and unemployment, and they easily fall in the traps of addiction and violence”. 

Madhusudan Das, national trustee of the National Youth Project speaking on the occasion shared the importance of the day and said, “As per the United Nation, there are around 1.8 billion young people between the ages group of 10 and 24 in the world and celebrating the IYD is paying a special attention to these youths and to raise awareness amongst them so that they can face upcoming challenges and problems in their live. He further called youths as “change maker”, “hope of the future” and emphasized on the role of the youth in tackling problems like corruption, violence in the society. He also sang a number encouraging songs with music created a fabulous atmosphere. 

Mr. Pragya Paramita Bastia, Project Manager of 181 speaking on the occasion emphasized on the theme of the IYD, 2019 and said, “like every year, this year the theme of the IYD has been "Transforming Education" to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youths of the globe so that we can achieve the set Goal-4 of  the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which promises to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” She further raised concern over the dropping out of youths from schools and colleges and shared that currently, only 10 percent of the young people have completed upper secondary education in low-income countries. 

Well known anchor Mr.Som joining as guest on the occasion encouraged the youths with enchanting slogans and urged them to adopt challenging path for the betterment of society. He alerted the youth to kept them away from drugs. He said in Odisha, the number of drug addicts is increasing faster, 40 per cent kids use inhalants and about 15 per cent children use heroin resulting petty theft, drug trafficking or criminal activities. He further emphasized on the awareness at the youths on the consequences of addictions. 

At the end of the programme the youths participated in the celebration sung songs and took a pledge to avoid negative thoughts from their mind and to adopt positive outlook and do betterment of themselves and for the society. On the occasion, they sent out a massage how to deal with the problems being faced by youths like violence, unemployment, drug abused and to build their leadership quality. Mrs. Pragnya Priyadarsini, Project coordinator CFAR gave vote of thanks to all the participants and guests. 

It is to be noted that 12 August is celebrated as IYD all over the world and concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youths. This year Govt. of India also celebrated the IYD by conferring the National Youth Awards for excellent work and contribution in different fields of development and social service.


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