Youth Policy: State Counsellor Graced The Inauguration Of The Youth Policy

5 January 2018

The introduction of the Myanmar Youth Policy Book was held at Myanmar International Convention Center-II in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday, with an opening speech by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The State Counselor highlighted that 35.58 % of populations are the youth in Myanmar. She stressed that as they are human resource of the country, it is important to implement the youth policy in the areas of education, health and sports, job opportunity, gender equality, drugs elimination, human rights, peaces and international relations as well as to implement the ongoing youth development strategy process.

The youth policy was drafted by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Ministry of Health and Sports, Ministry of Education, the youth representatives from States and Regions, UN agencies and related ministries.

Director General, Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement, Dr. San San Aye said “We implemented to make the youth policy for the future of the new generation. Our Ministry acted as a focal ministry, and implemented the tasks in cooperation with related ministries including consultants, UN agencies and youth representatives. The youth policy will serve as the guiding principle so we need to continue implementation to develop the youth issue and to carry out the strategic plan.”

Consultant, Youth Policy Drafting Committee, Dr. Nay Win  said “We observed the international youth policy so as to emerge the youth policy that meets the international standard. The involvement of youth representatives to be the best for our policy. We are looking forward to continue the implementation of the policy. We will also enhance the youth participation and commitment of the government to develop the policy.”

Youth policy is really fundamental to help for the youth development and youth empowerment in Myanmar. The youth representatives called for participation of more youths in implementing the policy.

Youth representative (Mon state), Khun Aung Myo Thein said “We carried out step by step implementation from drafting to finalizing the youth policy. We collected the voices of youths from States and Regions. It will be more benefits for all round development of the youth. We will continue to draw the strategic plan, organize youth policy committee, and continue to implement the ongoing plan. I would like to call for participation of youths in the implementation process.”

Country Director, VSO Myanmar, Joyce Laker said "...I think the policy should be providing diverse alternative or diverse categories’ of youth needs in different areas. So, we want to see more youth coming out of poverty, more youth being participating in different forum the voice of the youth representatives in different levels. Youth have been access better education services and quality health services and other important things are youth as a priority as actual priority in their life.”

The formulation of the youth policy is one of the government’s 100 days projects. The drafting of youth policy was started in 2016 with the inclusiveness of all the youth. The Union Government approved the youth policy on 8th November, 2017.