The youth are always expected to play a dynamic role in maintaining the socioeconomic health of a country. They can only be made a blessing for the economic uplift and social wellbeing of a society – if properly focused, managed, trained and educated with vision for coping with the present and upcoming challenges. Pakistan has around 63 percent of its population below the age of 25 but unfortunately very few steps are taken by successive governments for managing the most precious asset of the country. As according to Next Generation Report (NGR), Pakistan needs 36 million more jobs in the next 10 years. And now with every passing day, due to rapid population growth and developing economy, on one hand, the unemployed workforce is becoming a pressing issue for the government and it has no option but to create thousands of new jobs for the fresh graduates and unemployed youth and this youth needs to be trained and educated for meeting the future economic challenges of the country.
However, ignoring the youth is not an option if they remained unemployed, the problems of the country would multiply with serious implications for society, economy, stability and peace. Failing to involve the youth in the process of socioeconomic growth, the country can face financial instability besides violence in the society, which already exists in Pakistan’s case. There could be no better plan for the future of the country other than investing in the future of the young generation for creating a force against extremism and terrorism. If the rich human resources are properly utilized, the issue of rapid growth of jobless youth would be replaced by economic growth and prosperity. The unemployed youth need a range of opportunities for enhancing their skills and abilities, as they are considered to be the engine for economic development. Similarly, planning at national level is indeed necessary for maximizing the opportunities for them. The government needs to focus on alternative possibilities in order to maximum utilization our human resources.
The responsibility for meeting the challenge of unemployment and providing free of cost education primarily lies with the state and its leadership. However, politicians, civil society, businessmen, members of Youth Parliament Pakistan (YPP) and the media can also play a dynamic role in articulating the voice of young people. If our young voters, a large segment of the society could become a driving force for the major political parties during the election campaigns they could also become an economic strength to change the destiny of the country with their skills, education and hard work. Efforts, both at national and provincial levels, are required for creating new and better private sector jobs so as the biggest asset can play a positive and proactive role in the socioeconomic development of the country before it gets too late.
Islamabad, January 30.