Myanmar Youth Policy released

State Counsellor urges people to strive to maximise their abilities

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greets a youth in wheelchair who attended the ceremony to release the Myanmar Youth Policy in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Myanmar’s youth, which makes up more than a third of the country’s population, will lead the way towards a better future, and an official policy promoting and nurturing youth will help, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday.
The State Counsellor attended a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to introduce the Myanmar Youths Policy, which was developed to improve and elevate the role of youths in all sectors of the country.
The youth policy draft formulated by youth representatives who were selected by regions and states was approved at the cabinet meeting of the Union Government on 11th November 2017. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Ministry of Education and United Nations agencies also collaborated with youth representatives to develop the draft.
In her speech at the ceremony, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged all the people in the country to strive to boost their abilities.
The State Counsellor said she is optimistic that Myanmar’s economy and education will improve. Young people will play a major role in the country’s success because Myanmar’s youth population makes up more than a third of the total population.
According to the 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census, youths (ages 15-35 years) make up 35.58 per cent of the country’s total population.
The State Counsellor also stressed the importance of narrowing the gap between the old and new generation by sharing experiences, knowledge and passing down the good heritage from the old to the new generation. She also pledged to encourage the education, health and sports sectors of the country as part of the efforts for development of youths.
She also pointed out a weakness of Myanmar society in teamwork due to a lack of activities requiring teamwork in the country’s education system.
“But the spirit of “Blood is thicker than water” of our country’s people is still flourishing, and that will help us overcome the challenges of the education system, and the future of our youths also has a promising future,” she said.
She also urged parents and teachers to help the school children so that they can participate in teamwork with their friends.
“We want to encourage sports because we want to encourage team spirit that they can gain through the sports principles”, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
She also urged the country’s youths, who are defined as Myanmar citizens between the ages of 15 and 35 years, not to consider a vocational education as superior to a university degree.
“To change our mindset, to get the right career, youths are obliged to try by themselves and to cultivate the right mindset,” she added.
She also urged the youths to stay away from drugs and to protect the communities from the dangers of drugs.
The youth policy includes the advice of youths in fleshing out strategies and programmes at state and regional level discussions.
The new youth policy also focuses on issues related to education, health, drug hazards, job opportunities, economics, political research, literature, arts and culture. It also promotes youth centres and free youth associations that will help the youths through development programmes.
The youth committee is tasked to review and amend the policy every year.
The policy also prioritizes programmes for disabled youth, orphans, young migrant workers, youths who are victims of war or natural disasters, transgender youths, young ethnic people, child soldiers, victims of human trafficking, drug addicts, victims of AIDS, sex workers and victims of child sex abuse.
According to the 2014 population census, Myanmar has a total population of about 51.4 million.
Youths between 15 and 19 makes up 9.20 per cent of the country’s population, youths between 20 and 24 makes up 8.61 per cent, youths between 25 and 29 makes up 8.25 per cent and youths between 30 and 34 make up 7.7 per cent.

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