Youth pol­icy eyes re­lease date early next year

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

THE gov­ern­ment’s long-awaited youth pol­icy will be re­leased in early 2017, ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter for So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment U Win Myat Aye.

“Youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives have now been selected for in­volve­ment in the draft­ing of the pol­icy, which will take place over the com­ing months. It will be un­veiled early next year,” the min­is­ter said, fol­low­ing a Novem­ber 28 hlut­taw ses­sion.

The pol­icy will cover is­sues such as demo­cratic par­tic­i­pa­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment, drugs and job op­por­tu­ni­ties among young peo­ple.

The pol­icy development process has been un­der way since April.

More than 400 youth, rep­re­sent­ing young peo­ple from across the coun­try, gath­ered in Nay Pyi Taw in May to present sug­ges­tions for the pol­icy, in­clud­ing the need to have sex­ual health ed­u­ca­tion in the pub­lic school cur­ricu­lum, and high­lighted the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing sport ed­u­ca­tion, healthy food, clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties at all gov­ern­ment schools. Job op­por­tu­ni­ties and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres are also key pri­or­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2014 cen­sus, youths aged 15 to 24 make up nearly 18 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion.

– Trans­la­tion by Zaw Nyunt

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