By Amina Nazarli
Thousands of young people in Azerbaijan celebrate the Youth Day, as a very important period of their life.
Youth take a leading and important role in the country, determining its future. They are absorbed in youth organizations and are considered as the driving force of society.
According to a national legislation dated May 5, 2007, people aged between 14 and 29 are considered young in Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani youth constitute around 30 percent of the country's total population of more than 9.5 million. This proves the successful youth policy in the country.
Youth constantly benefit from the government's support, enjoy all opportunities for a quality education and freely demonstrate their talent and unique skills.
The youngsters have a chance to get education in worlds’ prestigious foreign universities at the public expense.
Azerbaijani youth are active in the implementation of different projects, initiatives and scaly developments. They are good athletes, talented musicians and inventors.
The Youth Day takes its origin from the first Youth Forum, held in 1996, which gathered about two thousand young people from all regions of the country.
After this event, the youth organizations set the tasks to make measures and contribution on effective resolution of youth problems.
The forum significantly contributed to the revival of work with Azerbaijani youth.
Many efforts are done for young people in the country to assist in realization of their skills and abilities, as part of the program “Azerbaijani young people in 201-2015”.
The Youth Foundation has been established to create good suitable opportunities for more active and talented youth to realize their initiatives.
Functioning youth organizations' sport facilities have attracted young people as Azerbaijan is known in the world as a sporting nation today.
Some 800 medals including 275 gold medals were gained in 2014, which is another testimony to achievements of the country’s youth.
Holding the first-ever European Olympic Games in the Azerbaijani capital Baku in June, 2015 is another good example of sport and youth activity in the country.