Youth on the frontlines: Data analysis training to develop Lao PDR’s national youth policy
More than 60 per cent of Lao PDR’s population is under 25 years old, according to 2014 data. The youth bulge is both an enormous opportunity to mobilize human capital for development goals, but also a massive challenge given the current lack of youth-orientated policy.
Recognizing that urgency, Lao PDR, particularly the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LYU), has been actively working with its partners to develop a national youth policy since 2013. Having recently developed a toolkit on mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion into national youth policies and policy development processes, UNESCO was invited in 2017 by the LYU and UNFPA to support in the review and further development of the draft youth policy, including a two-day workshop in December focused on training young participants how to develop qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies that are essential to crafting policy.
Building on that momentum, UNESCO in collaboration with AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led non-profit organization specializing in youth-led qualitative data collection, is hosting a four-day workshop from 11 to 14 June in Vientiane, Lao PDR, to teach young participants from the December workshop how to analyze and present the data they collected.
The core of the project is to ensure that the data and subsequent policy framework is directly relevant to young people’s lives. To that end, the youth-led research projects focused on LGBTI young people in Vientiane, disabled youth in Attapeu province, drug abuse in Savannakhet, issues affecting young people who are not attending school in Luang Prabang, and youth in remote areas in Huaphanh. The young participants in the project are also strongly encouraged to take the lead in research and identify their own priorities affecting youth.
The workshop has the following objectives: Train young people in Lao PDR on data analysis and presentation of data; build the capacity of young people on inclusive and gender-equal youth policy development; and provide youth with the opportunity to come up with a vision for youth policy through futures literacy training.
While UNESCO and AIESEC will lead in the organization, coordination and implementation of the workshop, as well as pre-workshop and follow-up actions, administrative and technical support will be provided by the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LYU), the Lao National Commission for UNESCO (LNCU) and the Government of the Republic of Poland.
The workshop itself will be broken into two components. The first two days, led by UNESCO and a specialist of futures literacy, will focus on building the capacity of youth to understand inclusive youth policy development, while training them on how to establish a vision for policy through futures literacy training. The last two days, led by AIESEC, will focus on analyzing and presenting data.
When: 11-14 June 2018
Where: Lao Youth Union Cabinet Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Note: This meeting is not open to the public. Attendance is by invitation only.
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