Sunday, August 20, 2017

Youth policy eyes release date early next year

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