Artwork of the Week 32

street gangStreet Gang By Ashton Chinwada

The art work shows a gang of young men, as its name suggests, who are sitting in a circular form in a street. The image suggests that they are either discussing or organizing something or they could be playing a street game, which is very popular among unemployed youth who spend most of their time on the street.

street gangStreet Gang By Ashton Chinwada

The art work shows a gang of young men, as its name suggests, who are sitting in a circular form in a street. The image suggests that they are either discussing or organizing something or they could be playing a street game, which is very popular among unemployed youth who spend most of their time on the street. Around the boys are some dilapidated buildings which could be symbolising a dead economic industry leading to high levels of poverty and ever increasing unemployment rates.
Today, drug abuse and unemployment are the fundamental basis of the challenges that most youths are facing all around the world. Youths continuously find themselves in a dilemma with no employment and no recreational facilities. This has left them exposed to all kinds of social illnesses as some of them join these street gangs who rob and steal to make ends meet or to supply their drug addictions.
In celebrating the International youth day, these problems need to be looked into and solutions must be discussed in order to empower the youth. These problems hamper growth and development across the world as they render the youth incapable of utilising their skills and knowledge to advance their communities.
The youth constitute 18% of the global population, with 87% of international youth residing in developing countries, which stresses the need to empower the youth and to promote ways to engage the youth in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.
Today, the 12th of August marks the celebration of the International Youth Day, a day meant to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society and to identify and deal with issues affecting them. This year’s is being celebrated under the theme: The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.
Sustainable consumption entails the use of products and services that meet the basic needs of communities while safeguarding the needs of future generations. The development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency of consumption of all and minimize waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socio-economic development.
The event will also explore how youth continue to provide new ideas and alternatives to development challenges and are active in seeking a renewed vision of consumption and production that is necessary to combat climate change, protect the environment, create decent employment opportunities and build inclusive, equitable societies.
According to the UN, International Youth Day focuses on the rights of these young people to have full access to education, adequate healthcare, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life. It is celebrated through events, seminars and programs from an international to a local level. Anyone can organize an event.
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is currently running the Matarenda exhibition which has been open since the 14th of July and closes on the 15th of August. It is about the promotion of young talent and nurturing of young artists. Such initiatives promote an active and innovative youth who contribute to the development of a nation.

Today as we acknowledge and celebrate youth around the world, let us pledge to continue the momentum and together work to ensure that  youth, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized, are equipped with the proper skills and tools needed to lead us towards a better world.

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