Role of Youth and Millenium Development Goals

“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.” – Robert Kennedy
According to the population survey taken in the year 1995 by the UN, youth (15-24 years of age) comprises 18% of the world population with 85% of them living in developing countries, with approximately 60% in Asia alone. And especially in India, 47% of population is below the age of 20. So why is so much of emphasis laid on this 18% of the world population? Why do we depend so much on the potential of youth?
As Rabindranath Tagore quoted, “Age considers, youth ventures”, young people are curious and are risk takers. They have lots of courage and are full of alacrity. They venture out into the world that is immense, dark and dangerous without any inhibitions. He/she initially trusts life and the processes of life. Young people do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation. It is undeniable that today’s youth are the makers and pillars of tomorrow’s world because young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
But how do we tackle this source of immense potential and direct it towards the development of our world considering the pathetic situation the young people are in? The whole world expects our youth to play a significant role in the search for new principles that would not only define but also enable stability in our world filled with political uncertainty and chaos. Though the youth exhibit their zealousness and willingness to be part of changes that affect the world positively, there are many forces that deter them from participating with complete involvement and commitment too.

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