And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” – Nehemiah 4:14 

August 12th is the International Youth Day. The day serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and the opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. 

Under the theme: Transforming Education, International Youth Day- Kenya 2019 will examine how governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education so that it becomes a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 agenda. The 2030 plan for sustainable development is a unifying objective that calls for all stakeholders regardless of the institutions we in to come together. 

The book of Nehemiah is one of the compelling inspiration stories when it comes to a people unified for a common purpose and not ready to give up at any cost. In Nehemiah 4, the people were facing opposition while rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah had to remind the people the course they were fighting for and that it was worth dying for. From verse 15-23, we see the devotion and commitment of the people in rebuilding the walls such that they were restless day and night. I believe the hope of a better future for their families gave them the motivation to fight and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 

The International Youth Day is one of those events that brings the international community together for the common agenda. The subject of the youths and how education is about the future of our country, families, generation. The issue requires utmost seriousness. Harmony is inevitable in this course. We have to function like the parts of the body, which serve a common purpose though different. The leadership must first believe in this course and only then, they shall be able to inspire confidence in their followers. Nehemiah was much convinced about the path his generation had to fight for, and he was able to win the hearts of the people. 

Every person and organization has a unique role to play to make the youths get the opportunity to influence their generation and impact their society. International Youth Day is one that will serve a great purpose in airing the challenges the youth are encountering and the way forward in handling them. The Bible offers great wisdom on how to move people to achieve a common goal, and the story of Nehemiah should inspire us into action. So let’s be united in our goals to see a better country based on God’s Word. 


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