Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.
The active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date, and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration. The World Youth Report on “Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), provides insight into the role of young people in sustainable development in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related frameworks.
While all the Sustainable Development Goals are critical to youth development, this Report focuses primarily on the areas of education and employment, underlining the realization of targets under these Goals as fundamental to overall youth development. Issues related to other Goals—including gender equality, good health, reducing inequality, combating poverty and hunger, and action on environmental issues and climate change—are also addressed briefly within the scope of the Report.
Pakistan is one of the youngest countries in the world. According to the Pakistan National Human Development Report, 64% of the population is under the age of 30 and around 29% is between the ages of 15 and 30.
Pakistan has got Vision 2025, SDGs 2030, National Youth Policy, Kamyab Jawan Program of Federal Government, Sindh Youth Policy, etc. but the implementation of these laws and policies with true spirit are very much needed.
LRF is committed to empowering youth by supporting efforts to increase knowledge enhancement on policy making, social justice, peace building, and human rights. LRF work to ensure young people from different background have equal access to knowledge pursue their career and to promote peace, justice and good governance in Pakistan. LRF in focusing under its Youth Development Programme on:
For the implementation of the Youth Development Programme, LRF has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with the Sports and Youth Affairs Department of Government of Sindh, Criminology Department of University of Karachi, School of Law of Hamdard University Karachi, Urdu University Karachi, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law (SZABUL), Sindh University Jamshoro, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur and many degree colleges and law colleges. LRF has also developed working relationships with excluded youth and other key stakeholders to ensure that ‘equal opportunities exist for all youth to participate in Pakistan’s social, political and economic development processes so that all youth feel an empowered part of society in future.