Youth initiatives

Around 717 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 live in Asia and the Pacific, comprising 60% of the world’s youth. Youth also accounts for 19% of the region’s population, making us a major stakeholder in Asian development and asignificant demographic asset for development.

Despite these impressive numbers that reflect youth’s potential contribution to development, youth’s involvement in development work is insufficient. For example, as students we are the major stakeholders in programs for advancing education, yet we are rarely involved in the creation, planning and implementation of education reforms, designing curriculums, or simple choices related to education facilities and priorities. The exclusion of youth from these discussions has a deleterious and compounding effect, as it limits our ability to learn to contribute, as well as become motivated future leaders. —