Youth Day Celebrations in Sudan

In Khartoum, around 50 students from the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Sudan University organized an open day drawing exhibition under the theme “Youth Civic Engagement in colours” on 9th August. The day opened up a space for young people to share their stories and ideas on civic engagement and to highlight their future roles and their achievements in pushing forward the development agenda in Sudan. It also brought forward the voices of the silent.

Engagement from other sectors of the society included collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport and Sudanese iconic footballers who organized a football match against Youth Unemployment at Marriekh Stadium in Omdurman on 10th August under the theme “Kicking Youth Unemployment” to reaffirm their commitment to engaging with the youth and to creating a better future for them. Accompanied by the famous band AlBalabel as Youth Employment Project Celebrity, who are Sudanese all-stars football players such as Naggar, Bereish, Ziko, Elzein Adam and Maghrabi created an unforgettable evening for the spectators.

The official ceremony of the International Youth Day 2015 was celebrated at the Sudan National Museum where more than 1000 youth participated in exhibitions, students’ artworks talent shows and a concert to celebrate the day under the theme ‘Let’s Celebrate our Day’.

An official Facebook page has been created for the official celebration of the International Youth Day where more than 4.6K have followed the event.

The last activity has been mobilized by the Sudanese youth support for the ‘Clean My City’ campaign in which all citizens were encouraged to join efforts to promote the spirit of voluntarism and environmental awareness in Khartoum. This campaign is co-organised with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Khartoum Cleaning Council and various youth groups. The theme of this campaign was “yesterday, today and tomorrow generations’ towards a better Environment”.

In Darfur, panel discussions bringing together 15 youth and local authorities to discuss critical social issues in their communities on El Fasher and Nyala Radio stations in addition to a TV station. Panelists comprised of youth volunteers from UNDP’s Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur project, UN volunteers, students from El Fasher University and the youth union in Nyala in addition to representatives from the State Ministries of Social Affairs and Youth and Sports.

To culminate celebrations, El Fasher University, together with DARTEK, a local company, hosted an official celebration of International Youth Day. This one-day event featured a series of workshops on Leadership and Community Engagement, speeches by local officials and a job fairs with aimed to inspire other local youth to volunteer and better engage in their communities.

The Sudan Social Good page on Facebook has gathered huge momentum for the Youth Day with a total reach of 20,000. Youth from the Diaspora are also heavily involved sending out their tweets and suggestions for participation in civic engagement.

The celebrations have been covered by ElShorooq TV channel, Sudan Radio, Newspapers and mapped by IYD World Map of Events. 

Highlights of the week here | Video on YouTube here | Shots on Flickr here

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