INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY -2019
International Youth Day is observed on 12th August every year. International Youth Day is celebrated as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues, worldwide. In India, demographically youth population is highest and is also vulnerable part of the society, SACS are encouraged to celebrate IYD and encourage young people to participate freely.
The theme for International Youth Day 2019 is “Transforming Education – Be educated about HIV”. International Youth Day was observed in Kerala with various activities as per the guidelines issued by NACO and with other programmes. Besides Kerala SACS, Department of Health, Medical and Nursing colleges, Directorate of Higher Secondary Education, NYK, RRCs, Youth clubs, organizations working in the field of voluntary blood donation etc actively participated in organizing IYD. The State level function was conducted at Mar Ivanios College, Nalanchira, Thiruvananthapuram on 13.08.2019 from 2.30 PM to 5.00 PM.
As part of International Youth Day-2019, KSACS arranged one day counseling clinic at selected colleges in each district. The state level inauguration of counseling clinic was held at Mar Ivanios college on 13th August 2019. NSS coordinator Mrs.Soumya opened spot registration counter with two NSS volunteers. ICTC counselors, Mr. Aneesh J S, DH Peroorkada and Mrs. Sreelekha, Central Poojapura led individual counseling session for the students. 26 students including 11 girls registered and received counseling. 3 boys were identified with MSM activities. Most of the counselees were from commerce department. They shared common problems regarding family troubles and academic issues.. NSS unit organized a street play based on alcohol addiction. Children tended to express how family background contributed to the use of drug addiction and the breakdown of family life through addiction.
The public function started at 2.30 pm at Mar Ivanios College, Nalanchira, Thiruvananthapuram on 13.08.2019. Smt. Reshmi Madhavan, Joint Director (IEC), KSACS welcomed all to the function. Sri. P. Vijayan IPS, Inspector General of Police (Admin) inaugurated the public function. Dr. Dr.GeorgeeK.I, Principal, Mar Ivanios College presided over the function and delivered the International Youth Day message. Dr. Ramesh. R, Project Director, KSACS delivered the key note address. Dr. Mohan Roy. G, RMO, MCH, Trivandrum and Smt. Anuja. M, Associate Professor, State PEID cell, MCH, Trivandrum delivered speech about drug abuse and concerns about spread of HIV among youth. The Public function concluded at 5.00 PM with vote of thanks by Dr. Ratheesh, NSS Program Officer, Mar Ivanios College.