BY UGANDA VANGUARD
JINJA – President Yoweri Museveni is expected as chief gust at the international youth day celebrations at Kagoma Primary School in Jinja District.
In a press statement issued Monday August 12, 2019 by Mr Frank Mugabi, Communication Officer Ministry of Gender. Labour and Social Development, Uganda joins the rest of the world in the commemoration of day declared following the recommendations made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998).
“The day was approved in 1999 under the 54th UN General Assembly under Resolution 54/120 of the General Assembly. The commemoration around the world is intended to raise awareness about the state of youth at all levels. It is a space where government, evaluates efforts and interventions made to transform the lives of the youth in the country,” he said.
Mugabi further explained, “This year’ celebrations are on the theme: transforming education for responsible citizenship and employment. The United Nations proposed the theme of the year as “transforming education” however Uganda has embraced the theme as “transforming education for responsible citizenship’ to qualify it for national context.”
He said, the theme highlights efforts to have quality education, make education more relevant, equitable, accessible and inclusive for all youth, and contributing to overall transformation that is desirable to achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ by 2030 It further highlights the 7 outcome targets to transform education and these include; Universal primary and Secondary Education, Early Childhood Development, Equal access to technical, vocational and higher education, relevant skills for decent work, Gender equality and inclusion, Universal Youth Literacy and Education for sustainable development and global citizenship.
Uganda’s vision 2040 and the National Development Plan II, further emphasizes the need to improve the quality of education services if the country is to attain a middle income status.