UNICEF marks International Youth Day in Kosovo by recognizing young people contribution during the pandemic

Marking International Youth Day in Kosovo.

12 August 2020

Prishtina, Kosovo, 12th of August 2020 - UNICEF Kosovo Office today marks the International Youth Day, with partners and friends to recognize efforts and engagement of young people in Kosovo and other parts of the World, in their fight against COVID-19. 

This year’s theme for International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, central and global levels is enriching central and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement can be significantly enhanced.

Today, more than 20 participants discussed with Minster of Education, Mr. Rame Likaj, and Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Mrs. Vlora Dumoshi on joint efforts to fight COVID-19 and beyond.

Kozeta Qena – Imami, Head of Education and ADAP Unit in UNICEF Kosovo said that: “The agenda and engagement of young people is very dynamic in bringing positive change in society; however, the support of institutions is crucial to ensure that it is sustainable and strategic”.

In Kosovo today, young people discussed about the changes that impact their life due to COVID – 19 and addressed their needs in order to overcome the situations and continue to be close partners to institutions and work together in bringing change in their community.

Trina Hoti, UNICEF Youth Reference Group in Kosovo quoted the former president of the US, Franklin D. Roosevelt who said that “We cannot build always a better future for young people but we can prepare young people better for the future”, while emphasizing the need of young people for proper education and capacity building for the future.

While the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in Kosovo, Mrs. Vlora Dumoshi, a former partner UNICEF in Kosovo and a current ally on advancing young people’s agenda, highlighted the impact of the COVID – 19 pandemics on youth lack of employment opportunities. “My aim as a Minister is to translate the recovery fund of COVID – 19 in youth employment” she said, while emphasizing the need of support from donors and partners.

The Minister of Education, Mr. Rame Likaj, highlighted that UNICEF Kosovo remains the strategic partner in education and capacity building of young people, which remains a key factor for their development and employment.

Over 28,000 young people were reached until now and benefited over the years from the capacity building programs that UNICEF implemented through UNICEF Innovations Lab, with the support of implementing partners. 

UNICEF Kosovo Office would like to thank donors such as ING, Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Government of Japan and SIDA  for their generous contribution which is instrumental for reaching to more than 7000 young people and provide unique experiential learning opportunities, to address social challenges in their communities. 

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Dafina Zuna
Head of Communications
UNICEF Kosovo Programme


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