13 August 2019
Myanmar commemorated the International Youth Day 2019 in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye and many other officials attended the event. The International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed globally on 12th August, 2000. Meanwhile, Myanmar has introduced a youth policy to promote the role of youth in the country's respective sectors. The Policy was formulated with the leadership of Ministries of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Education, Health and Sports in collaboration with youth representatives from regions and states.
Union Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, H.E. Dr. Win Myat Aye said “Youth Policy and its strategies are for the youth in the country. The 16 areas initiated by youth and experts in the strategies are important. The State Counsellor stressed that the youth from regions and states need to meet for implementation of the strategies. The activities among the young people will be a help to understanding the differences among young people. We are going to carry out the strategies by all these ways.”
The Union Government approved the Youth Policy on the 8th of November 2017. Plans are underway to get approval for National strategic plan for Youth Policy which focuses on 16 areas of youth development including education, research, science and technologies, resources and environmental preservation, and human rights and international relations. Myanmar Youth Affairs Committee is formed on the 22nd of May this year with 27 members. Regional and state level Youth Affairs Committees, district and township level Youth Affairs committees will be organized, it’s learnt.
Member, Myanmar Youth Affairs Committee, Htet Paing Soe said “The draft finalization for strategies is done and we’d present it today. When the National strategic plan for Youth Policy is approved by the President Office, we can officially launch it. We are going to make priority areas in each state and region yearly and the action plans and projects are going to be drawn.”
According to the 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census, youths aged of 15 to 35, make up 35.58 percent of the country’s 51.4 million population.
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