Youth Day is held every 1 June in Cape Verde, even though the UN observance of International Youth Day is 12 August and youth days in other countries may be made to correspond to the international day.
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In Cape Verde, a large percentage of the population is under the age of 18, and the future of the country is very much in the hands of its youth. Youth Day is a time when awareness campaigns against child abuse, youth addiction to drugs and alcohol, violations of human rights, and more are promoted by the nation’s young people.
There may be youth marches, youth conferences where pressing issues are discussed, literature distribution drives at beaches and marketplaces, youth sporting competitions, and a host of other events going on throughout Cape Verde on Youth Day.
Each year’s slogan will vary, but many people always get involved and try to have a positive impact for the nation’s young people and for the country’s whole future.