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Youth as vehicle for positive growth

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Malawi conducted its first Population and Housing Census in 1966.

The youth make up the majority of Malawi’s population of over 18 million people. According to the 2018 Population and Housing Census, youths account for more than half of the population.

According to the 2014 State of the Globe Population Report, the world has 1.8 billion young people.

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The present global youth population, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, is the biggest in human history.

For certain countries, this big youth population could be a vehicle for growth while for others it could be a source of problems.

Every country bears the responsibility of advancing the needs and ambitions of young people. A country’s youth population, no matter how great or small, should be viewed as a vital asset and source of strength.

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Taking care of the needs of the youth is a major challenge for the future of the country.

In many under-developed countries, the youth are ill-educated. They are being denied trainings and are unable to find jobs.

Development objectives frequently overlook the youth. With that background, it is difficult for young people to achieve their full potential. The situation creates an atmosphere of doom and gloom.

The rise of the youth population outpaces economic growth. Malawi should act quickly to keep up with the rapid expansion of the youth population.

The 2018 Housing and Population Census just says that. We should incorporate measures that will allow the youth to reach their full potential.

Importantly, national policies should not be formulated in a vacuum. The youth should be involved in the formulation.

Malawi’s youths have the capacity to play a critical role in achieving our country’s developmental goals. The youth’s role in propelling growth in a variety of areas is clear all around the world. Malawi’s youth are technologically savvy. One example could be that of ‘the boy who harnessed the wind’.

=The youths should be made stakeholders in Malawi’s development goals. The youth could be a crucial proxy of Malawi’s positive progress.

However, it appears that a dynamic sequence is required for the youth to play a substantial role in national development. Simply put, youth participation in national growth is not instantaneous.

Once more, the youth are the biggest demographic dividend. Therefore, they could be made important agents for the attainment of positive change.

All of the preceding points to a single goal: Youth inclusion. On youth potential and inclusion, former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, stated that any society that fails to harness the energies and creativity of its youth will be left behind.

All of this points to a single philosophy: The need to invest in the youth population.

Countries should invest in better education, healthcare and job training for youth.

Malawi’s youth numbers from the 2018 Population and Housing Census hold a lot of promise. Because the youth have a sense of diligence, which is a necessary component for a country’s major development, they have potential. Malawi has the potential to be a young country, based on data.

It is no surprise that the World Youth Report referred to young people as ‘torchbearers’ in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The World Youth Report also believes that youths have a critical role to play in policy development and implementation as beneficiaries, partners, and participants.

As a result, youths should be characterised by active participation in a country’s development initiatives.

This could be why United Nations Resolution 64/130 calls on member nations to increase young people’s participation in environmental protection, preservation and enhancement.

Years ago, Malawi dreamed of developing and becoming a transformed nation by 2020. Only a small portion of the vision’s goals were met.

The fundamental goal of Vision 2020 was to assist Malawi’s government, commercial sector players and citizens in embarking on a development path.

The post vision era may be ecstatic to learn how much of the planned goals were directly related to young empowerment.

One of the paths chosen for the youth in the 2020 Vision was to increase educational standards.

However, education improvement was never achieved. The current state of poor education infrastructure continues to astound the nation, both during the vision’s lifetime and now.

Furthermore, a statistical examination of the 2018 Malawi Population and Housing Census shows that 82 percent of Malawian secondary school students in the 14 to 17-year bracket did not attend school. This may provide insight into Malawi’s position in terms of fostering smart youths.

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