Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jago Yuva Bharat Yatra – A Youth Led Campaign

From Kanyakumari To Kashmir, Launched On 12th January 2011 To Celebrate The Un International Year Of Youth 2010-2011 

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of International Year of Youth, Youth Activ8 Foundation AND Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM),  launched JAGO YUVA BHARAT YATRA – A youth Led Campaign from Kanyakumari  on 12th January 2011 (National Youth Day and 149th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda the role model of Young people in India). The Inauguration and flagging of the Yatra will be an electrifying event with speeches, musical performances, videos and songs in Social Theme.  The UN International Year of Youth began from 12 August 2010 to 11 August 2011 under the theme “dialogue and mutual understanding”.

The Youth led Campaign in the name of Jago Yuva Bharat Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir (K2K) is also to commemorate the 25th year of the UN declaration of the first International Youth Year in 1985. The Yatra & Campaign will focus and sensitize the community on the theme “Youth for Peace & Harmony through Dialogue and Mutual Understanding” with thrusts are Environment, Climate Change, MDGs & Youth led developments. The Campaign will begin on 12th of January 2011 from Kanyakumari (National Youth Day) and will journey through 18 states, 367 districts and 4000 villages with programs in 100 and above colleges, institutions and 150 public places in 61 days till Kashmir and then culminate in Delhi with a three days Youth Festival from 11th -13th March, 2011.

The Yatra aims to promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and solidarity across generations, cultures, religions and civilizations. In the country in which different peoples and traditions are coming closer, more frequent contact than ever before, it is crucial that young people learn how to listen intently, empathize with others, acknowledge divergent opinions and be able to resolve conflicts.  It will lay emphasis to include young people in policies, programmes and decision-making processes that benefit the future and our nation.
Nearly half of the Indian Population is Young below 30 years of age that is 550 million youth- equivalent or more to western Europe +the USA together. Jago Yuva Bharat Yatra will call young people to take up the opportunity to highlight the contributions that youth are making to society, and to advance their full and effective participation. It will call on the governments, decision making bodies, corporate and  leading individuals to take action for the youth people, who face the challenges of limited access to resources, health care, education, training, employment and economic opportunities. As the world confronts many, often overlapping, crises, including financial and other socio-economic challenges, investing in and partnering with youth is key to finding sustainable solutions.

Youth Activ8 Foundation appreciates the United Nation for adopting resolution 64/134 and proclaiming the Year, United Nations Member States confirmed the importance the international community places on integrating youth-related issues into global, regional and national development agendas.  To guide its efforts during the Year, the United Nations is focusing on three overarching objectives: increasing commitment and investment in youth; increasing youth participation and partnerships; and increasing intercultural understanding among youth and youth Activ8 Foundation will call attention on the same and ask the young people to make noise and shout “OUR YEAR OUR VOICE” until it reaches to the power corridors.

Youth Activ8 Foundation would also like to request Government Bodies, Organizations, NGOs, CSOs, Media houses, Corporate, Colleges, Schools, parents and individuals to encourage the youths to participate or attend the Campaign and help them to explore capacities to work in a team for a better society and environment.

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