All is set for celebrations to mark this year’s International Youth Day which will be running under the theme “Youth Building Peace”
The 12th August celebrations will be held in the western Bundibugyo district at Bubukwanga Primary School.
According to the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the celebrations will be presided over by President Yoweri Museveni.
While addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Center, Nakiwala pointed out that this year the country will be celebrating the young people’s contributions to peace, security and stability.
“Ugandans may want to take note that peace and security are the two most important factors for anchoring development and growth of a nation. On the other hand, the involvement of youth is shouldering and promoting peace is therefore a very strategic undertaking,” she said.
“We must as a matter of principle plant seeds of love, peace, security and tranquility right from our homes and we must shun violence of any kind in order to build a peaceful and prosperous Uganda”
Uganda has the world’s second youngest population. Up to 78% Ugandans are below the age of 30 and it’s estimated that 48% of the population are below the age of 15years while the medium age of Ugandans is 15.5 years.
The international youth day is celebrated annually on 12 August consistent with the United National resolution 54/120 of the 1999 UN General Assembly.