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Comprehensive youth development plan

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Comprehensive youth development plan

Academics and professional experts have been stressing since long the crucial role of the youth in social advancement. They reckon that the young age is the most vibrant time in human life and as such youth population could be made as changing agent for developing societies in the underdeveloped world. Youth is the period of transition from that phase of life when they are no longer dependent and fully independent of adults. Thus, youth population is recognised as the key partners for economic, social, political and cultural transformation in a society. Youths could be utilized for accelerated growth and development. International Youth Day (IYD)-2019 observed recently stressed "Five Cs" of competence, confidence, character, connection, and caring, leading to youth contributions, setting the goal to improve outcomes and success of the young people. The United Nations termed people 'youth' between the age group of 15 and 24 years. Bangladesh's National Youth Policy has defined 'youth' as people between 18-35 years which is nearly 20 per cent of the population. Bangladesh abounds with 170 million people within the age group of 10 - 24 years as such the country has to reap the benefits of this demographic dividend to march ahead through comprehensive youth development programmes by way of overcoming manifold challenges on the way. The need for a visionary perspective planning for skill development of youth force in line with global changes is underscored. Now the question is raised how to devise ways and means for overcoming the challenges to make youth force ready to face the challenges. With that end in view, experts stressed the comprehensive policy directives marked by visionary steps and well-coordinated working package in line with country's constitutional guarantee to ensure wide-ranging economic growth for sustainable development. As the theme of the International Youth Day (IYD)-2019 is designed for "Transforming education," focusing on transforming education as a "powerful tool" and "education as a 'development multiplier' necessitated to acquire inclusive and equitable facilities to all the youth in terms of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development covering 17 Sustainable Development Goals for attaining poverty eradication, good health, gender equality, decent work and growth, reduced inequalities, action on climate or peaceful societies. The authorities concerned will have to make rapid and all-out strides for marching ahead to achieve the declared goal to upgrade the status of Bangladesh to the category of 'Developed Country' by 2042. The challenging focal point can be attained if the country can provide suitable jobs for estimated two million young people who enter the job market every year. Only through comprehensive manpower development Bangladesh will be able to overcome this big challenge.

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