The present government has announced to provide two million jobs for the youth of the country through the National Youth Employment Policy (NYEP), said Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Youth Affairs, Shaza Fatima Khawaja.
While addressing the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Year of Youth, Shaza Fatima said that Pakistan has a huge youth bulge and about 150 million people in Pakistan are under the age of 30 which means that about 68 per cent of our population consists of youth.
She said that youth were not only the future of the country but also the present and that she believed that if the youth was empowered by providing opportunities, they could become a strong asset to the country. “Our aim is to attract youth towards education, business, and positive activities,” she added. The government's priority domains for the uplift of youth are “Girls Learn Girls Earn”, “Blue Collar Jobs” and “Providing dignified jobs to the youth in the future”, she added. She further said that under the Prime Minister's Youth Program, importance is being given to the 4-Es which are education, employment, engagement, and environment.
She said that back in 2013, a flagship youth program was launched directly under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with the objective to empower the youth and utilise their capabilities for the development of the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2023.
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