August 19, 2016

In formulation of youth policy

A YOUTH policy is being formulated to produce all-round qualified youths by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement as part of its 100-day plan. The ministry held a youth forum in May that was attended by over 500 youths. The youth policy is being formulated with the objectives of keeping the youths strong and enabling them to maintain mental health, positive attitudes, discipline, high educational qualifications, creativity, social awareness and patriotism.
This month will also witness a youth affairs conference in Monywa, Sagaing Region, in which the following five topics will be discussed: youth and drugs; youth, human rights and democracy; youth and peace; youth and natural environmental conservation; and youth and attitudes toward youth affairs. This conference is expected to yield a youth affairs policy that will reflect the voices of the youths participating in the conference.
At this juncture, it is worth noting that the majority of the world’s nations have youth affairs policies because their governments have come to understand that the national-level youth policies can be employed in their approach to engaging the youth. Even the United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution concerning the youth. The youth policies adopted by European countries are also found to include education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and social welfare, social inclusion, innovation and culture. These policies are aimed at encouraging youths to actively participate in their societies and enabling them to enjoy equal rights in education and employment.
Regarding youth policies, there are three levels— national, regional and international. This being so, in the implementation of youth policies, it is essential for governments to implement national policies in consideration of both the regional context and international context so that national implementation will be in accord with regional and international norms.


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