The United Nations General Assembly chose 12th of August as the first ever International Youth Day back in 1999. The day aims to celebrate and appreciate the role young women and men are playing in our society and their contribution to essential change. It also serves as raising awareness for the current situation and the challenges the youth is facing.

The theme for 2019 is “Transforming education”

This year’s theme focuses on the efforts to make education easily accessible for the youth worldwide. It is also rooted in the 4th Goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, youth organizations, and the youngsters themselves are transforming education for the better.

The importance and need for accessible education are undeniable. It can play a huge role in sustainable development as well as conflict prevention, poverty eradication, gender equality, and many more areas. After all, education is the foundation of all positive change – we cannot hope to make progress if we do not have the knowledge of the current situation and possible outcomes.

A noteworthy fact which is not well-known is that the youth themselves are active contributors to inclusive and available education. They realize the importance of it and the impact it can make and are actively trying to improve the conditions around it.

Individuals, as well as youth-led organizations, collaborate with Governments and other stakeholders on a regular basis and work towards are a world with better and more accessible education. An example of how they do this is by partnering with educational institutions and training programmes to make sure teaching involves the necessary step towards a more sustainable development and inclusion of different social groups.


Our world is experiencing the largest youth population it ever had. 1.8 billion people aged between 10 and 24 are residing around the world. 1 in every 10 of them is living in a conflict zone and 24 million in total are not in school.

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Lindersvold is an international learning center that facilitates courses in community development and certification in non-traditional pedagogy. Our Center provides an opportunity to learn about the big issues of our time while preparing to assist community-driven projects in Zambia, Malawi or Mozambique. We believe in combining hands-on training with theoretical knowledge, alongside community living, gives students the best foundation for working with sustainable development and vulnerable youth.

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