Kunsill Nazzjonali taz-Zghazagh celebrates International Youth Day
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International Youth Day 2017, which this year is dedicated to “Youth Building Peace,” is being celebrated by the National Youth Council (KNZ).
KNZ said that as a council, it is celebrating the youth’s role in conflict prevention and transformation, as well as their role in inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.
It added that in this regard, KNZ will be organising a nation-wide campaign on the topic of hate speech, in order to further educate both the nation’s youths and the general public on the topic, whilst raising awareness and helping in the prevention of hate crime and hate speech.
KNZ said that on a national level, it will “continue to insist that our youths should be granted the right to vote in all elections and referendums, a right which was unfortunately denied to them during the past spring hunting referendum and the past general election.”
“Youths have a fundamental role to play in the democratic process, and such should not be limited to just local council elections, but should be extended to all general elections and referenda,” added KNZ.
There was a motion already tabled before the country went to polls, and the council said that it would like this motion debated in parliament in order to allow youths to participate in the next MEP and general elections.
KNZ also insisted that civic education should be introduced to the curricula through formal and non-formal education.
Youth and the general public are being invited to join KNZ in the upcoming Technology and Innovation Fair, which will take place next Sunday, the 20th of August, from 5pm onwards in Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta.