By Aung Kyaw Moe [Social Welfare]
Youths’ strength plays an important role for a nation’s development, deciding the destiny of that nation and its good or evil effects in the future. Being the precious human resources of the country, role of youths and their development occupies the top on the totem pole of the priorities to be implemented by the State. Accordingly, the newly elected government has laid down the working process—the emergence of the policy on youths as a priority in 100-day plan.
From the deepest core
Starting from May 2016, the Ministry of the Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement systematically formed 3 committees—central committee, working committee and drafting committee, in cooperation with the related ministries including the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Ministry of Education, youths representing Regions and States, female representatives and those representing the disabled youths, UN Organizations, NGOs and INGOs. Committees at different levels are also constituted of youth representatives to basically collect youths’ voices, opinions and suggestions. In drafting the policy, thorough considerations were made so as not to go astray from standards of human rights, different situations in Myanmar, necessities on the ground, basic principles being exercised currently and national-level strategies. Youth seminars, forums and discussions were broadly held in the respective Regions and States. And, arrangements had been made to make youths and interested persons across the nation known for them to give suggestions, newspapers and broadcasting media. Simultaneously, youths’ opinions were collected from surveys on the ground and through social websites.
With regard to drafting policy on youth, the drafting committee on youth policy, Myanmar held meetings for 3 times, with the working committee for 2 times and the central committee for one time respectively, in cooperation with UNFPA. The meeting among the three committees on drafting youth policy was held on 24th August, attended by 3 Union Ministers and Central Committee members. It managed to make final discussion of policy on youth affairs [draft]. After submitting the draft to the committees at different levels, the Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement finally tendered it on 8th November to the Union Government for approval.
Major sectors included in the policy on youth affairs
Policy on youth affairs, Myanmar designates youths’ ages at 15 to 35 and the major sectors are as follows:
[C] Narcotic Drugs and Their Related Risks
[D] Sports and Recreation
[E] Job Opportunities
[H] Literature, Arts and Culture
[J] Science and Technology
[K] Civil Ethics and Being Good Citizens
[L] Exploitation of Natural Resources and Conservation of Natural Environment
[M] Peace and Security of Life
[N] Equality between Sexes
[O] Human Rights
[P] International Relation
At present, policy on youth affairs being implemented designed for youths is to be clarified in Regions and States. Later after the release of policy on youth affairs, strategic plans on youths and arrangements to be carried out further are to be implemented by the respective ministries, together with youths.
With a view to healing socio-economic destructions between both societies due to the conflicts happening in northern Rakhine, the Office of the Government of the State formed the UEHRD under the notification 86/2017 on 17th October. It laid down the youth-all-inclusive program, “20 days of youths for the people,” to collect data on humanitarian assistances and other necessities. Voluntary youths to take part in the campaign were conducted 3-day training for systematic implementation. Similar trainings will be conducted in three batches. First batch was conducted from 6 to 8 November, and 40 volunteers had made data collection in Buthidaung and Maungtaw regions and referring to respective organizations if necessary.
Simultaneously, youth all-round development festival was held for 3 days from 1st to 3rd December in the Yangon University Campus by the ministries headed by the Ministry of Information, aiming at sharing knowledge, intellect, technology and ethics and building up Future Myanmar with the broad-minded visions of youths. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement had presented programs of youth activities and performances, educative talk shows, exhibition room on youths, showing models for ideal youths’ centers, entertainment shows from schools for the disabled under the social welfare department and selling Myanmar traditional foods. At the exhibition room on youth, a program for sharing knowledge on family planning was included as a program of protecting children from abandonment, together with a general knowledge quiz contest.
By implementing the working process laid down for youths together with policy on youth affairs, today’s youths will be able to steer future’s youths as elite leading guides. So, later after the emergence of policy on youth affairs, we, the whole national populace, should take part in campaign for our future generations included in the strategic plans to be implemented further, the government and the youths.
Translated by Khin Maung Oo