Policy to entice youth in nation building
The government and youth organisations are debating to draw up a national level youth policy to engage the country’s young people in nation building.
THE government and representatives will draw up a national youth policy aimed at tapping the boundless energy of the country’s young people in national development, officials said on Wednesday.
Senior government officials and youth representatives are meeting on August 24 and 25 in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss a draft policy based on the consolidated proposals gathered after a nationwide year-long consultation, according to Koe Thura Soe, a member of the Myanmar national youth policy drafting committee.
A key point in the draft policy was the definition of the youth, being those between 15 and 35 years old, he said.
But Koe Thura Soe said there is a proposal by the union minister of the Home Affairs Ministry to limit the highest age at 30-years-old.
The draft also outlined the involvement of youth in politics, economics, literature and culture, research, as well as in science and technology.
It also outlined procedures and systems for youths to participate in natural resources and environmental protection, law and order, gender equality, human rights and international relations.
The ministries of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Health and Sports, and Education are the three government agencies that would primarily deal with defining the role of youth in national development.
‘’We will send it to union after approval at the youth meeting. The policy would take into consideration the experiences of other countries,” Department of Social Welfare Director General Daw San San Aye told The Myanmar Times.
The two-day meeting will draw the strategic plans that is a part of the implementation of the youth policy approved, she added.
The draft policy also included the establishment of the committee for youth affairs as the key implementing arm of the youth policy. It will involve member of unions, regions and states governments, civil society groups, experts and youth organisations.
The youth policy and its implementation process would be reviewed by the committee yearly and could be amended every five years depending on the situation.
According to the draft proposal, the union, region and state governments would allocate budget for the implementation of the program.
The United Nations Population Fund estimated the young people of Myanmar between 10 and 24 years old comprised 28 percent of the country’s more than 52 million people.