International Literacy Day "Literacies for the 21st Century"

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Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy
/Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General/

Approximately, more than 774 million of the world's adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and roughly 123 million children lack those same skills, and are often denied any access to education. Put simply, one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

World Humanitarian Day "The World Needs More"

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A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.

Irvina Babbitt

Year after year, we see doctors, nurses, psychologists, engineers, logisticians, programme officers, information managers, security advisors and the rest of the humanitarian community worldwide give up the comfort of their homes while they go out into difficult territories and put their lives on the line to help those in need. They embark on dangerous missions to countries and parts of the world characterized by catastrophic conditions such as natural disasters, war and conflicts, droughts and poverty. They endure bad conditions with lack of good health facilities and close to none basic needs and yet they still continue to persevere in their missions.

The theme for this year World Humanitarian Day "The World Needs More" draws the world into coming up with solutions to what the world needs more. It is a campaign of words in support of those who are victims of the humanitarian crisis. In the past and in most recent times, a lot of humanitarians have lost their lives and have been victims of rape, torture, kidnapping, while they were working on missions in various parts of the world. The numbers keep escalading and this is a cause for concern, hence most missions have been pulling out of high risk areas in order to protect humanitarians.

At World Assembly of Youth (WAY) we recognize and acknowledge the struggles and achievements of all the humanitarians. Their great effort to bring aid is well appreciated. WAY is also playing its role by raising awareness on issues such as eradicating hunger and poverty, gender equality, environmental sustainability and many more. We also encourage volunteer programs that are involved in counteracting these issues.

The World Needs more people of Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela caliber, people who cherish peace, are selfless, humble and brave. Only then can there be peace, and can the efforts of our humanitarians be highly appreciated and their safety be intact. Youth around the world should look up to such figures and work on making the world a better place by taking part in humanitarian activities.

The World Needs LOVE.

International Youth Day

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Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.  /Francis Bacon/


Young people make up one-sixth of whole human population while their curiosity and passion has no boundaries. Youth with their bursting energy and enthusiasm are the key to the world's future development.

The United Nations (UN) has always aimed to encourage young people to be actively involved in positive change within the society and help to motivate their environment for the best. In order to acknowledge and realize the importance and great role that young people play, UN has selected 12th August as the International Youth Day (IYD) to annually commemorate the youth. Through this initiative, UN intends to raise awareness regarding youth-related issues and recognize the efforts of youth from all around the world in enhancing global society. The idea emerged by young people in Vienna, Austria at the first session of UN's World Youth Forum in 1991 and was first put into practice in 2000. 

NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY

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It always seems impossible until it's done. Nelson Mandela. 

Every story needs a hero. A representation of everything that should be right for this world, everything we should aspire to. Today's hero is Nelson Mandela. A decent man, a man that spent the best years of his life, 27 years in jail, to fight for what he believed to be right and stood strong not only for himself, but also for the rights of others.

Never has there been a greater triumph of the human spirit in recent history, so that the United Nations decided to annually dedicate 18th of July, Mr. Mandela's birthday, to commemorate his achievements of life as the Nelson Mandela International Day.

Nelson Mandela is the embodiment of values such as freedom, equality, respect and values that we, the youth need to embrace, as we aspire to a brighter future, which we hope to be engulfed by world peace and harmony. Nelson Mandela International Day is a global call for people to recognize their ability in order to have a positive effect on others around them, by being persistent, determined and dedicated to their core values and principals.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2013

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To deliberately inflict pain on another human being is the most animalistic human trait by far. Everyone has the right to be mentally and physically freed from any form of torture. It is time the world stood together to put this ill treatment to a total halt.

It is disheartening that this sinister act is still happening, and could be going on in our backyards without even knowing. The United Nations has condemned the act of torture as one of the vilest and irresponsible actions committed by human beings to each other. To further express their support towards the victims of torture, they have specially chosen 26th June annually as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This year's theme is rehabilitation, which is selected to acknowledge its pivotal function to reintegrate the victims back to societies.