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m1Sharing youth centre is one of the utmost centre in Kampala in skilling youth in various aspects of life. The centre is empowering youth through various activities like sports, leadership training, spiritural formation, vocational training, computer training and promotion of talent. The centre is catholic founded however: it hosts all the categories of youth from all parts of Kampala and in most cases around all corners of the country regardless of their religious and ethnic affiliations.
Sharing youth centre organizes a youth festival annually where youth from different parts of the country meet to ponder discuss on the issues affecting and hindering the development of the country and how best they can contribute towards the development. This is done systematically basing on a well thought and researched theme and by the end of the festival we ensure that objectives are realized.
The sharing youth festival 2016 was aimed at promoting and engaging youths in environment protection under the theme “Care for the environment: youth go green for a better life”. The festival ran for four days stretching from 8th/dec/2016 to 11th/dec/2016. m3
The objectives of the Youth Festival were;
 To create mass awareness for the need to protect the environment and to enhance political attention and public action through launching strong environment initiatives.
 To make the youth join in the global struggle to protect environment.
 To educate the youth about how the world’s ecosystems are under stress and how it needs to be addressed
 To call the youth to play an active role in protecting and improving the environment.
 Engaging youth in environmental protection not only creates direct impact on changing youth behaviors and attitudes, but also influence their relatives and parents.
 To make the youth aware on policy making in Uganda that affect the environment and call them to engage into standing against bad decision making.
 To create awareness amongst youth about promoting and developing talent.m
However there were many eye catching activities and moments that attracted a number of youths from different corners of the country including Karamajo region, Eastern region, Southern and Western regions. Last years festival went as far as attracting youths from Rwanda which created memorable and exiting moments. Some of the activities that took place during the four days festival include;
a) Talk from guest speakers
A number of guest speakers graced the festival with their presence and presentations. Guest speakers from NEMA (National Environment Management Authority); the body resjponsible of coordinating, monitoring, regulating and supervising environment management in the country and from other individuals brought to light several issues concerning the environment that were overlooked by authorities and citizens of the country. Such talks help the youth change their mindset through critical and analytical thinking. The various ways in which we are continuously destroying our environment in revising and ensuring safety of our environment.m4
b) Sports
The sharing youth annual youth festival 2016 used sporting activities like football, netball, badminton, basketball, volleyball to spread the gospel of environmental protection as they normally attract a number of youths. Tournaments were organized in which a number of teams from different regions of the country participated in various sports and the finals were played on the 10th/dec/2016.
c) Marching
The sharing annual youth festival 2016 also dubbed “The green festival” used marching to mark the beginning of the 3 days festival. The marching started at Sharing youth centre through Nsambya Parish to Kabalagala to Kibuli and then back to Sharing with accompaniment of the Uganda police. The marching signified a group of organized, energetic and enthusiastic youth taking the lead in spreading the gospel of the urge youth environment protection. During the marching process, all youths cleaned and picked up polythenes, bottles, glass and other wastes to the trucks which were then disposed of in the rightful manner. m5
d) Tree planting
The green festival would remain incomplete and demanding without tree planting. A number of fruit and wood trees were planted during the festival to help improve air quiddity, climate amelioration, soil preservation and supporting wildlife among other.
e) M.D.D
Music dance and drama are one of the best message delivery options to the youths. They tend to pay much attention to creative arts and dances. Different groups that came from different cultural backgrounds and they were all successfully presented. The M.D.D had a geat impact as it attracted even external parties like the media as the massage of the environment protection touched the souls of many. m2
f) Mass
After an exciting 3 days of the festival was closed with a unity prayer of the holy sacrifice of Mass led by his excellency the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda Micheal A. Blume. It was to pray for our country Uganda thanking God for the many environment riches we have and asking God to give us the grace, blessing and wisdom of managing them properly.
Other activities involved bull roasting, a warding of gifts and certificates, marathon, bouncing castles for children and many others.
Conclusively, the sharing youth festival resisted a number of success and with kind of lead, we are hopeful of a bright future. From time to time sharing youth centre will always support the youth and empower them with skills benefiting them on their immediate societies.
Watch out for the next edition of the youth festival