U-Re­port aims to give youth a voice in pol­icy draft

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

A PRO­GRAM called U-Re­port, run by UNICEF and the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare, in­tends to col­lect opin­ions from youth in or­der to draw up the Myan­mar Youth Pol­icy.

Cur­rently, it has about more than 1000 mem­bers across the coun­try, mem­ber Ma Pwint Phyu Thant said at an event in Nay Pyi Taw last week. “It is not a group do­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

The pro­gram – which ex­ists in 25 coun­tries and kicked off in Myan­mar in July 2015 – will help young peo­ple to get and ex­change in­for­ma­tion, said De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare di­rec­tor gen­eral U Soe Kyi.

“First, we will col­lect in­for­ma­tion through ques­tions and an­swers from young peo­ple, and then up­load that to our web­site,” he said. “Our de­part­ment will re­view the in­for­ma­tion about health, ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Depend­ing on the in­for­ma­tion we get, we will pro­vide public ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. So we need the voices of young peo­ple.”

Ma Pwint Phyu Thant said the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered would be used to shape the Myan­mar Youth Pol­icy. So­cial Wel­fare De­part­ment Di­rec­tor U Aung Kyaw Moe con­firmed this.

“If we learn their opin­ions, as­sump­tions and de­mands through this pro­gram, we can consider them in draft­ing the pol­icy,” he said.

In April, the pro­gram be­gan se­lect­ing youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives across the coun­try, he said. That process will be fin­ished in Septem­ber.

“We will start dis­cus­sion about the frame­work and the data re­lated to the youth pol­icy in Oc­to­ber,” he said. He added that the gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to re­lease the draft of the youth pol­icy by the end of 2016.

Young peo­ple in­ter­ested in the pro­gram can join at www.myan­mar. ure­port.in/join or via its Face­book page, URe­portMyan­mar.

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