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‘National youth policy to address 40pc problems’

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AT-KABUL: The Youth Affairs Department at Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) said that the national youth policy developed in collaboration with other related government and international organizations would address at least 40 percent of challenges faced by youth.

Deputy of Youth Affairs, Taimor Shah Isaaqzai, said that four areas such as youth employment, adolescent and youth health, education, technical and vocational education and training programs are on top of the agenda. Attention will be paid to these areas in the five years, according to the newly formulated policy.

He said that due to presence of 1.6 million addicts and four million jobless people it is impossible to completely overcome all challenges faced by Afghan youth, but efforts are underway to resolve as many as problems as possible.

Isaaqzai said that unemployment, lack of access to education, rampant poverty, extremism, drugs addiction, early and forced marriage are main challenges ahead of youth. “Thus, this policy has been carved out to find solutions to these key problems,” he said.

The policy will be sent to all ministries and national organization for implementation. A special committee will be established to monitor the implementation of the policy in the country, he asserted.

He said that youth make around 63 percent of the total population in Afghanistan. Therefore, youth could play vital role and act as drivers of transformation decade. Urging the government to invest on the young generation, he said that investing on youth would lead the country toward development.

The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General to Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, put his weight behind the new youth policy.

Meanwhile, youth warmly welcomed the youth policy. Mohammad Nabi, 26, said that if the youth policy was implemented in letter and spirit then problems faced by the young generation could be resolved.