World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: ‘ICTS and Improving Road Safety’

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The current global statistics on the situation of road safety paints a gloomy picture in which 3,400 people die dally cause of road accidents, 1.24 million lives’s lost annual globally on our roads. Young adults, aged between 15 to 44 years, account for 59% of this figures. It is crucial to note that this population represents the majority of the work force within our societies, thus the economic loss is significant.

With advances in ICT, we have become more connected than ever. Information transfer and access has been made easy with development of smart phones and other ubiquitous technology. ICT has enabled us to chat with friends and family in different continents, transfer information at high speeds; get first hand news of events happening around the globe, all this available at the touch of a button. With this, we have become more distracted from our everyday duty of being cautious when on our roads. The result has been increased deaths on our road, with 1.3 deaths globally of which 59% of those being young adults of ages between 15-44 years. This represents a significant group that drives most economy’s, thus the economic loss is significant.

International Day Of Families: ‘Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidatary’

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Family is one of nature's greatest masterpieces in which its members are to be intimately acquainted without having a proper introduction to each other. The bond is just embroidered naturally from the first day of our lives when warm hands embrace our bodies and hearty smiles comfort our cries. The closest family to us is our parents who are the only ones obligated to adore us; compared to the rest of the world whose affection needs to be earned.

To acknowledge the significance of family, 15th May has been specially observed as the International Day of Families. This day aims to promote awareness of issues relating to families. This year’s theme, Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity, realizes the fact that in every family consists of members who come from different generations thus challenges of having a fruitful intergenerational relationship are encountered.

World Health Day- ‘Embrace A Healthy Lifestyle!’

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A busy and hectic lifestyle is a mutual experience for most of us today, especially in metropolitan cities. Active young people are often faced with several stressful obstacles, particularly during their most taxing activities in their academic and working life. A lack of proper rest, coupled with skipping meals and an imbalance diet are some of the accepted norms associated with today’s frantic lifestyle; the biggest repercussion of such patterns being hypertension (HTN) also known as High Blood Pressure. It is a shocking fact that between 1989 and 2002, the number of teenagers who have high blood pressure increased from 1 to 5 per cent, meaning that within 10 young people, one to two of them have been diagnosed with Hypertension.

World Water Day- “Water Cooperation”

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The fulfillment of all fundamental human needs is largely dependent on water and access thereof. Be it socio-economic development, environmental preservation, even poverty eradication, none of these goals can be fully attained, without water. Yet today, fresh water remains a scarce resource and access to it has even posed as a root to conflict across regions and communities alike.

International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination- ‘A Beauty Of Differences”

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Take a second, Imagine the world is black and white! Visualize all flowers share one common color, all food one taste, and all music one tune. To picture this, is to envision a world with no beauty or splendor, a world without different shapes, colors or sizes. A similar synopsis may be directly applied to a civilization that celebrates differences in race, color or creed; a civilization that holds one demographic in higher regard than another. Now, suppose for a second, you are playing by a set of rules that determine right or wrong, good or bad, grounded on where you are from, or the color of your skin, a world that is racially discriminated.