International Youth Day 2017
International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August and it was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. It is celebrated as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues, worldwide. It is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.
During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world, under various thematic causes, promoting the feeling of oneness.Every year, TANSACS takes this IYD as an opportunity to create awareness on HIV/ AIDS and STI among youth. TANSACS has been organizing various activities to reach youngsters and motivate them to part of fight against HIV/ AIDS.
Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a voluntary on campus intervention initiated to create awareness on HIV/ AIDS among youth between the ages of 17 to 25 years. In Tami Nadu, there are 2021 Colleges functioning with RRC and nearly 1 lakh volunteers are part of Red Ribbon Club.
This year, TANSACS has celebrated IYD in the Colleges by organizing various activities with United Nations slogan of “Youth Building Peace”, with the following themes;
• The need of awareness about HIV/ AIDS, STI among youth.
• Youngsters come forward for HIV testing
• Youth Hands Up for HIV Prevention
• Youth contribution towards Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free
• End to social stigma faced by PLHIV
• Peer pressure and intake of drug may result in HIV infection.
The following activities are organized in the Colleges/ Universities;
• Pledge Taking
• Mini Marathon/ Human Chain/ Human Rally
• RRC Talent Show (Regional level competitions)
• Inter College/ Institution discussions.
Pledge taking and Human Chain
he official commemorative event to celebrate International Youth Day at Tamil Nadu has take place on Friday, 11th August 2017. Organised by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Universities and Colleges, the event is consider the social development aspects of the youth, peace and security. In particular, the event aims to reach youth to create awareness about HIV/ AIDS and its related social problems.
This year, United National theme of International Youth Day 2017 is “Youth Building Peace”. Keeping in view the international theme “Youth Building Peace”, oaths taking ceremony, discussions, human chain/ marathon and competitions have been organized to create awareness on HIV/ AIDS and STI and all RRC Colleges are shown their interest and participated in the events.
On the day, RRC Colleges have organized Human Chain like Red Ribbon and taken pledge to shown their integrity to achieve global goal of “Getting to Zero”.
Glimpses of activities organized in the various Colleges across Tamil Nadu
RRC Talent Show (regional wise competitions)
Keeping in view the international theme “Youth Building Peace”, regional level competitions have organized to create awareness on HIV/ AIDS and STI. RRC Colleges have nominated students to participate in the competitions.
There are four competitions have been planned for International Youth Day such as Stage/ Street Play, Mime, Slogan Writing and Poster Making with below themes,
Youngster need of awareness about HIV/ AIDS and STI
Youngsters come forward for HIV testing
Youth Hands Up for HIV Prevention
Youth contribution towards Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free
End to social stigma faced by PLHIV
Peer pressure and intake of drug may result in HIV infection.
There are more than 400 Colleges with nearly 10000 students participated in the regional level competitions. RRC Coordinators of the Universities have coordinated the activities in association with District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU). Students have performed the activity with the above theme.