Youth Development in Pakistan: Empowering the Next Generation

Pakistan has a large youth population, with over 60% of the population under the age of 30. However, this demographic is often overlooked and underserved, facing numerous challenges in terms of education, employment, and social development. Despite these challenges, there is a growing movement in Pakistan to empower and support the country’s youth, recognizing their potential to drive change and progress.

One of the key areas of focus for youth development in Pakistan is education. While primary education is mandatory in Pakistan, many children, particularly girls, do not attend school due to poverty, cultural norms, or lack of access. Even those who do attend school often face inadequate facilities, low-quality teaching, and outdated curricula. As a result, the youth in Pakistan struggle to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

To address these challenges, several initiatives have been launched to improve access to quality education for Pakistani youth. One such initiative is the “One Million Out of School Children” campaign, launched by the government in 2018. The goal of the campaign is to enroll one million out-of-school children in primary schools across the country. Additionally, nonprofit organizations such as The Citizens Foundation and The Hunar Foundation are working to build and support schools, train teachers, and provide scholarships to underprivileged students.

Another key area of focus for youth development in Pakistan is employment. The youth unemployment rate in Pakistan is high, with many young people struggling to find jobs that match their skills and qualifications. This not only affects their economic wellbeing but also their social and emotional wellbeing, leading to feelings of frustration and hopelessness.

To address this issue, several initiatives have been launched to promote entrepreneurship and job creation among Pakistani youth. The government’s “Kamyab Jawan” program, launched in 2019, aims to provide loans, training, and mentoring to young entrepreneurs, with the goal of creating over one million jobs in five years. Nonprofit organizations such as SEED Ventures and Invest2Innovate are also working to support startups and small businesses, providing funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

In addition to education and employment, youth development in Pakistan also encompasses social and emotional wellbeing. Many young people in Pakistan face mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, often due to poverty, violence, and conflict. To address this issue, several initiatives have been launched to promote mental health awareness and support among Pakistani youth. The government’s “Sehat Kahani” program, for example, provides telemedicine services to underserved communities, including mental health consultations. Nonprofit organizations such as One Vision Society  also working to provide counseling and support to young people struggling with mental health issues and in need motivation. This is the time to other NGOs to start working for youth. 

In conclusion, youth development is a critical issue in Pakistan, with the country’s large and vibrant youth population holding immense potential for progress and change. By focusing on education, employment, and social and emotional wellbeing, Pakistan can empower its youth to become active and engaged citizens, driving innovation and growth for years to come. 


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