Giving Lao PDR youth a say in development: Workshop to review national youth policy
Youth representatives, CSOs and government officials will meet in Vientiane from 11-15 December to review a draft of the country’s first national youth policy. Youth participants will also be trained on how to collect qualitative data on youth concerns and issues.
The workshop will use UNESCO’s Guideline on Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion into Youth Policies, which emphasize the need to include young people at all stages of the policy process, including data collection, policy drafting, and developing indicators.
“Considering that they make up over 60% of their country’s population, it is critical that youth in Lao PDR have a say in planning their country’s development and future,” says David Young, a consultant at UNESCO Bangkok who helped organize the workshop.
The workshop is being organized by UNESCO Bangkok, LYU, Lao National Commission for UNESCO, and AIESEC Laos, with support from UNFPA, and is the beginning of a larger effort by UNESCO to support in Lao PDR’s youth policy development.
(Lao language graphic: "As part of the new generation, I would like our society to have gender equality." -Sounita Souphan, Vientiane)