How to make National Youth Policy in Sri Lanka in three steps!

The State of the National Youth Policy

1. Appoint a committee

of professors, such-like.

    2. Do extensive consultations and research for years.

    Copy-pasting from Youth Policies which have been drafted following extensive consultations and research, also qualifies as “extensive consultation and research.”

    3. Launch the policy

    If you’ve done the extensive consultation and research as mentioned in step 2, the launch of the draft should be followed by a (very short) window of time for the public to comment on this. Extensive finger-crossing is advised, as some vigilant and observant segment of the public might catch on to what a set of naughty boys and girls you’ve been. Copying, tsk tsk!

    A comparison of the segments which were “extracted” from the National Youth Policy of RSA are given below.

    South African NYP

    With some 39% of South African society aged between 14 and 35 years, young people clearly comprise a substantial part of South African society.However, due to the policies of past governments, a significant number of young women and men have not been afforded the opportunity to develop their full potential.

    They have experienced poor housing conditions; limited and racially-biased access to education and training; limited employment opportunities; high levels of crime and violence and a general disintegration of social networks and communities. In addition, the previous government did not develop any specific policies or programmes to address the needs of young women and men.

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    Young people aged between 15 – 29 years, clearly comprise a substantial proportion of (nearly 30%) the Sri Lankan population. However, due to the previous policies, a significant number of young women and men have not been afforded the opportunities to develop and make use of their full potentials.

    They have experienced limited and ethnically biased access to education and training, poor housing conditions, limited employment opportunities, high rates of crime and violence and a general disintegration of social networks and communities. In addition, there were no specifically focused programmes to address the needs of young men and women.

    South African NYP

    The National Youth Policy is a framework for youth development across the country. It endeavours to ensure all young women and men are given meaningful opportunities to reach their full potential, both as individuals and as active participants in society.

    The Policy addresses the major concerns and issues critical to young men and women and gives direction to youth programmes and services provided by government and non-government organisations.

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    The National Youth Policy is a framework for youth development across the country. It endeavours to ensure that all young women and men are provided with opportunities to reach their full potentials, both as individuals and active participants in society. The policy addresses major concerns and issues critical to young men and women and gives direction to youth programmes and services provided by state and non-state organizations.

    South African NYP

    Through the National Youth Policy, the Government declares the importance of the active involvement of young people in national development, demonstrating the distinctive and complementary roles of all Government ministries, thesector and youth groups in youth development; providing a framework with common goals for development and promoting a spirit of co-operation and co-ordination. non-government

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    Through the NYP, the government declares the importance of the active involvement of young people in national development, demonstrating distinctive and complementary roles of all government ministries, the non-state sector and youth groups in youth development; providing a solid framework with common goals for development and promoting a spirit of co-operation and co-ordination.

    South African NYP

    All of South African society will benefit through the implementation of the National Youth Policy.

    By placing young people in the broader context of reconstruction and development the National Youth Policy highlights the importance of youth development to nation building and the creation of a democratic, productive and equitable society.

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    All segments of Sri Lankan society are expected to benefit from the National Youth Policy. By placing young women and men in the broader context of reconstruction and development, the NYP highlights the importance of youth development for national development and the creation of a democratic, productive and equitable society.

    South African NYP

    The National Youth Policy provides a foundation and direction for a National Youth Action Plan.

    This Plan will complement the Policy and will describe the role of all agencies engaged in youth development and the programmes, services, facilities and activities they undertake to achieve the goals and objectives of the Policy.

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    The NYP provides the framework and direction for a National Youth Action Plan (NYAP).

    This plan shall complement the Policy and will describe the role of all agencies engaged in youth development and the programmes, services, facilities and interventions they undertake to achieve the goals and objectives of the Policy.

    South African NYP

    The National Youth Policy also recognises that not all young men and women are the same. Where some are at school or training institutions, others are not; where some young men are employed, others are unemployed.

    There are young women in rural and urban environments. Whilst some young women and men live with their parents, some do not. Many young women and men are themselves parents, including those who are single mothers. Some young people are disabled whilst others have been the victims of abuse or mistreatment.

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    The NYP recognizes the nature of all young women and men. Where some are at school or training institutions, others are not; where some young persons are employed, others are unemployed.

    There are young women in rural and urban regions, whilst some young women and men live with their parents, some do not. Many young women and men are themselves parents, including those who are single mothers. Some young people are disabled whilst others have been the victims of abuse or mistreatment.

    South African NYP

    The National Youth Policy recognises the many influences of society which have shaped the situation and experience of young men and women today.

    These historical legacies and contemporary circumstances can only be described briefly in a document such as this, yet such factors play an important role in defining the needs, opportunities, aspirations and challenges of young people.

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    The NYP recognizes the many socio-economic and politico-economic factors that created opportunities in life and changed the environment and experiences of young men and women today.

    These past and contemporary circumstances can be discussed only briefly in a document such as this. Yet, it is important to recognize the fact that these factors play an important role in defining the needs, opportunities, aspirations and challenges of young women and men.

    South African NYP

    The major issues relating to young women and men in South Africa today are described as follows:

    • the demography of young women and men;
    • provincial distribution of young men and women;
    • education and training;
    • youth employment and unemployment;
    • youth health; and
    • crime and violence.

    Sri Lankan draft NYP

    Major issues concerning the young men and women in Sri Lanka today can be classified under the following areas:

    a) Demographic profiles of young women and men
    b) Imbalanced education and training
    c) Unemployment and under employment
    d) Health and morbidity
    e) Inadequate opportunities for participation in public decision-making
    f) Crime and violence
    g) Inadequate facilities for recreation and creative work
    h) Alcoholism and drug dependence

    Other than a couple of spelling and grammar mistakes, the two are almost identical. One key difference which stood out was replacing the word Government with State at most instances.

    This was what happened last year. In a follow up post, I will talk about how the whole thing blew up, and the actions that followed.

    – Dinidu De Alwis.

    Dinidu is a BB-ite and many other things. Views expressed are his own, not necessarily of BB (honestly). Previous coverage of the National Youth Policy fiasco on this Blog can be found here. The Daily Mirror coverage of the same is found here, here and here.

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    Posted on 03/26/2008, in Sri Lanka, Youth-Culture-Society and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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