Friday, July 21, 2017

Youth policy draft slated for October

A youth policy will be drafted by the end of October, parliament was told on June 10.

Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Win Myat Aye said a policy was already in the works with drafting teams and a central committee already established.

“The bill will be ready to issue at the end of October,” he told the Amyotha Hluttaw.

The Union minister was responding to a question from MP U Okkar Min from Tanintharyi Region about what the government is doing to promote the younger generation.

U Win Myint Aye called the policy a “priority” for his ministry’s 100-day project, and integral to the country to sustain democracy and national aims.

Over the weekend, representatives from across the country held a Youth Forum in Sagaing to give feedback and suggestions for the policy development. The first youth forum was organised in 2012 in Hmawbi near Yangon. Its organisers were involved in the coordination of the National Youth Congress and the ASEAN Youth Forum in 2014.

More than 400 youths, representing adolescents across the country, gathered in Nay Pyi Taw last month to present suggestions for the policy.

Representatives discussed the need to include sexual health education in the curriculum, and the importance of providing sports education, healthy food, clean water and sanitation facilities at all government schools.

According to the 2014 census, youths aged 15 to 24 make up nearly 18 percent of the country’s population.

Translation by Emoon