UNDP celebrates the 2014 International Youth Day in Egypt

17 Aug 2014

fileUNDP Egypt Booth on International Youth Day at the Greek Campus. UNDP/Ryam Salim

On the Occasion of the 2014 International Youth Day, on August 12, the United Nations (UN) and its partners seized the opportunity to emphasize the important role of youth in achieving sustainable development, highlighting their youthful energy, enthusiasm and creativity.  

Under this year’s theme of “Mental Health Matters” the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt joined forces with various agencies including  UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment – EmpowerWomen.org, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), with Microsoft Egypt, Injaz Egypt, Save the Children and the British Council and organized an event on August 12 at the Greek Campus. The event’s agenda included specialized workshops, meetings between youth and the various partners in an edutainment day.  

The participating agencies provided youth with educational opportunities and activities to help them increase their involvement in communities and public life as well as work on building bridges between youth and other stakeholders. Through open dialogue, marginalization will be minimized and proper opportunities for youth will be increased.

The workshops focused on important topics designed to enhance skills and abilities of young people: “Innovation Camp” organized by the Knowledge Gateway and Injaz Egypt brought students to tackle entrepreneurship challenges and to come up with innovative ideas to address these challenges. UNESCO and the British Council workshop: “Debating and public-speaking skills” enhanced the participants’ creativity and confidence during presentations, negotiations and public-speaking engagements. UNDP’s workshop entitled “An Hour of Coding” was co-facilitated by Microsoft, where they taught young women and girls basic coding skills and techniques that will enable them to develop mobile applications and games on smartphones, tablets and PCs. Furthermore, UNFPA held a creative initiative during their workshop on interactive theater and the concept of edutainment, while ILO provided young women and men with job searching skills such as how to search/find  a job, how to write a CV and how to be successful in a job interview.

The day’s success lies in the positive interaction between youth and the various partners who were brought together to link youth’s drive, eagerness and willingness to learn with the organizers knowledge and experience.