ISWF Publishes Statement on World Youth Skills Day

Imam Shirazi World Foundation, dependent to Grand Ayatollah Shirazi published a statement on July 15, coinciding with the World Youth Skill Day. Here come some parts of the statement:

“According to latest statistics by the UN, more than 1.2 billion young people, between the ages of 15 to 24, shape up 16 percent of the world population. No doubt that if this huge potential is directed to the right path, it would be a great contribution to social development, justice, and security. The experts have also confirmed that the involvement of youths in the most challenging crises in the world such as climate change, poverty, unemployment, gender inequality, immigration, civil wars, and conflicts can have outstanding impacts. Grand Ayatollah Shirazi has time and again emphasized on the important role of the youths in all areas, particularly in the challenges that the Muslim world faces. The Grand Jurist believes that in order to build the future, we need to focus on younger generations and empower the youths so that they can revolutionize the Islamic societies and pave the way to prosperity. In this subject, the Grand Jurist has stated: The world leaders must invest on the education of the youths. Further, issues such as unemployment must be addressed by governments so that young work force become focused on development. Having a job is of paramount importance for all people, regardless of their position and social standing. According to history, the Prophet of Islam, who was the leader of the nascent Muslim community, used to have a job of his own and worked in his free times. The Grand Ayatollah Shirazi also stresses that the youths must be given a chance to compete with their predecessors in all governmental and leadership positions in society. In this sense, the Grand Jurist said: Without freedom, we cannot expect innovation, creation, and the realization of potentials. Imam Shirazi World Foundation insists that the involvement of the youths, regardless of their race, faith, and social backgrounds is mandatory to social development.”