The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs is pleased to join the global community in the celebration of International Youth Day on August 12th.
Underneath is the message from Assemblyman Jomo Pitt, Secretary of Sport and Youth and the Division in celebration.
One of the greatest gifts we can give the next generation is a foundation upon which they can grow and develop into confident leaders and avid social contributors. Education is a vital pillar of our efforts to realise this goal. Tobago celebrates United Nations International Youth Day 2019 with 1.8 billion young people around the world, under the theme “Transforming Education”. International Youth Day provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the path already paved towards our youth’s successful transformation.
According to UNESCO, educational transformation encompasses investment in technology; holistic learning and innovation; and an environment where creativity can flourish. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Goal 4 aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. It is necessary to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world by investing in our youth and their advancement. We ensure that this is not only possible, but a certainty. International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, young people, youth-led and youth-focused organisations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education so that it becomes a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs recognises our role in helping Tobago’s youth realise their highest potential. Our projects and programmes are developed with this goal in mind, as well as our continued efforts to collaborate with young people and youth-centric organisations. Through training in financial literacy, vocational studies, leadership, life skills, sport and entrepreneurship, they have been given a platform on which to build. Tobago’s youth also have access to programmes that will prepare them for the world of work, encourage youth advocacy which gives young people a voice on critical issues that affect society. To the youth of Tobago, we encourage your engagement as you continue to challenge the status quo in aiming for your personal and collective goals.