Build-up to International Youth Day kicks off in Dodoma


The United Nations in Tanzania, led by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania today officially began the build-up to International Youth Day which takes place this Saturday, August 12th. The theme of this year’s celebrations is Youth Building Peace recognizing that Young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda and in society more broadly, is key to building and sustaining peace.


This year, the national commemorations to mark youth day are taking place in Dodoma and they started today with a tree-planting event which took place at Ibwaga Secondary School in Kongwa district, Dodoma region. The event was officiated by Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Hon. Jenista Mhagama. Ms. Mhagama led the tree-planting efforts and thereafter proceeded to encourage youth to ensure that they take care of the environment.



After the tree-planting ceremony, the UN also a Global Goals awareness-raising seminar for over 100 Ibwaga Secondary School students. The seminar was led by Global Goal Youth Champions (young people trained by the UN to raise awareness on the Global Goals) are aimed at introducing students to the Global Goals and encouraging them to engage in debate centered around what Tanzania must do in order to achieve the Global Goals by 2030.



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The build-up to International Youth Day on Saturday will continue with a Youth Symposium tomorrow, Friday, August 11th. Saturday’s climax will feature a March for Peace from the Parliamentary Grounds to Juilius Nyerere Square.