Pol­icy to en­tice youth in na­tion build­ing

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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.

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