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Kuwait youth to tackle challenges of 21st century
August 14, 2018, 3:41 pm

In his message on the International Youth Day on 12 August, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said: “The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance — all this and more, today and tomorrow — depends on tapping into the power of youth.”

This view by the UN Chief reverberates in Kuwait, where youth comprise approximately 72 percent of the population. Meeting the education, training, employment, health, and recreation needs of this large demographic is a challenge to the authorities and civil society in Kuwait. But the young population also presents the government with the opportunity to include them in decision-making, in the New Kuwait development agenda, and to engage with them in their vision for the future of the country and region

His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has on more than one occasion stated that Kuwait will continue to standby young people from every walk of life, and provide them with the opportunity to contribute to the development of the country.  

Since 2012, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait has been taking key actions to committing the State to provide support for youth development. The National Youth Project was initiated in 2012, to engage youth as key participants in youth development.

Youth are also play a crucial part in the New Kuwait Plan — the consolidated approach to a prosperous and sustainable future as envisioned by His Highness the Amir. The plan encumbers youth with a leading role in transforming Kuwait into a leading regional financial, commercial and cultural hub by 2035. As a vital and integral element to the success of the New Kuwait Plan, the leadership is keen on empowering youth and equipping them to shoulder their future responsibility. To this end the government is in the process of reforming the education system to better prepare young minds to become competitive and productive members of the workforce.

Another initiative by His Highness the Amir to empower youth came in 2013 when he ordered the establishment of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs (MoSYA). The newly created ministry was tasked with preparing the ‘National Framework for Youth Engagement and Empowerment’, in association and with technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The initiative was in response to Kuwait’s key development challenges and reflected the priorities of the government to increase the empowerment and build the capacities of its youth. Aim of the three-year youth empowerment plan according to MoSYA is to “Intentionally enhance the capacities, skills and capabilities of young people through addressing their needs, promoting positive outcomes, and providing integrated coordinated, targeted and measurable initiatives necessary for holistic development of all young people.”

The plan is built on the four pillars of national competitiveness, social cohesion, leadership and voice and creativity. The initiative is to improve the youth sector as outlined in the Kuwait Mid-Range National Development Plan (2015/2016 – 2019/2020).

National competitiveness focuses on priorities like education, employment, productivity, skills, and entrepreneurship. Social cohesion prioritizes health, inclusiveness, well-being and sports. The focus of leadership and voice is on participation and democratization, while creativity targets priorities such as innovation, talent, creativity, culture, and digitization. The plan is to ensure that youth in the country are empowered to be positive and active agents of change at the national, regional and international level.

Youth needed to be provided not only with the opportunity, but also the necessary safe, appropriate places for them to come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in the decision-making process and freely express themselves without fear. This level of freedom is essential to not only instill and hone the creative and professional skills of youth, but also so that they can develop into citizens capable of tackling and overcoming the challenges posed by the 21st century.



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