New generations for our future country
- Khin Maung Oo
- To build up the future of a country, it is very important to focus on the socio-economic development of the new generation of youths. Had the previous governments invested in education adequately and focused on the development of youths, the future of our country would have been brighter for sure. Presently, national leaders are implementing the task of the nation building, but at the same time, we need to train the new generation of youths with great care and “cetena” so that one day they would be ready to shoulder the great burden of building the future country. In doing so, we need not worry about our future country, provided that the burden can be handed over to youths who have been well-trained, well-educated and well-developed, physically as well as emotionally with strength of character and adequate social skills. They need social skills not only to relate to their colleagues but with the rest of society.
According to the 2014 population census data, school-age children under-14 amounted to over 14 million. A country’s demographic pattern showing its population and age-groups has a direct effect on the projection of the country’s socio-economic development. In countries with a high percentage of under-15 youths, more investments are being made in education, with health care and social provision being given in countries with a high percentage of over-65 aged people. In countries where youths are rapidly increasing, huge amounts of investments are being made in academic teaching as well as in conducting training courses in language proficiency and providing vocational training, more than ever. With the increasing population of youths in Myanmar, development projects for youths need to be prioritized to ensure that our youths would be ready to shoulder the heavy burdens of the future.
Out of more than 14 million school-age youths under 14, it has been learnt that over 1.2 million children are working at work-sites instead of studying in class rooms. What is worse, half of them, that is, over 600,000 are sorrowfully found laboring in working environments of great danger, which harm their tender minds, health, social affairs and dignity. According to the data collected by the Ministry of Labor, the amount 600,000 is a conservative estimate. Most of them are child laborers, immature house-helpers and road-side workers wandering about towns and cities. If the affairs of these children are neglected, it will be a great loss not only for the children in question but also for the nation’s future. For rehabilitating and nurturing them, funds for children and homes for caring youths are still being needed more and more. Despite the fact that it is strictly prescribed in the law that a child laborer should reach the age of 14 to work in shops and at worksites, children under the age of 14 are still being found working.
Last but not least, we—the government, the people and responsible officials must strive hard to ensure that our children will get the opportunity to study in schools and attend vocational training courses so that they would be able to get well-paying jobs, for the betterment of our future country and generations to come.