INCLUSION OF DISADVANTAGED YOUTH IN THE POPULATION DIVIDEND
India expects great things from its youth; “empowering the youth of the country to achieve their full potential and through them enable India to find its rightful place in the country of nations” (NYP2014). Youth in India is not uniform category, but complex and dynamic group with multiple challenges. While a small section is able to pursue their aspirations, talents and needs, the large majority struggle with higher education, participation, unemployment and underemployment. The development indicators are the lowest for youth from socially excluded communities – Dalits, Advasis, Muslim Minority and Nomadic communities.
The government, civil society organisations, philanthropic bodies and the private sector are key actors in empowering youth. The private sectorhas come into the process through its voluntary and obligatory actions under Affirmative Action & Corporate social Responsibility provisions. In various discussions that have emerged with and within civil society organizations on affirmative action, CSR and Philanthropy – Education, employment, entrepreneurship and governance gets highlighted as required areas of key interventions. Youth inclusion and empowerment is particularly important in empowering socially excluded communities since the young people in socially excluded communities are considered to be the anchors and bridges in empowering their communities.
In this regard, it is proposed to initiate dialogue among diverse stakeholders on realising ‘Inclusive and Equitable Youth Population Dividend’starting with Round Table Consultation in Rajasthan. The Round Table brings together Community Led Organisations (CLOs) & Youth from 4 states of Uttarakhand, U.P., Delhi and Rajasthan. The consultation shall also have officials of various State Government Departments engaged with youth work. It also includes Corporate & industrial representatives engaged in youth empowerment CSR initiatives.
The Round Table will:
1.Provide a platform and space for diverse stakeholders to share experiences on youth empowerment
2.To discuss current experiences of youth skilling initiatives
3.Build forward-looking strategies to include disadvantaged youth in the population dividend.
CSEI values and appreciates your engagements and efforts to empower youth, particularly in enhancing education and employability. We look forward to your participation and contribution in the Regional Round Table consultation.
About CSEI & NYEF
Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) is a not- for – profit organisation engaged with children and youth from the marginalised communities, promoting education and leadership building, and facilitating employability, employment and entreneurship. Over the past years our interventions include Education Resource Centres for children and Youth Tech Hubs and VyakthitvaVikas Kendra at the community levels. The National Youth Equity Forun (NYEF) provides the state and national platform for disadvantaged youth to come together and engage in their leadership and career journey and community empowerment.
IDS, 8 B, Jhalana Institutional Area
Jaipur, Rajasthan India
Date: 17th February 2017