Youths have a distinctive role in the cultivation of an ideal society, much like every other capable age group and arguably, more. For the purposes of this text I’m considering youth as the ages of transition to adulthood i.e. age 15 to 21. It is well known that the future of any society depends on the practical and spiritual molding of the youth. The young and rising generation constitutes a representative of the future in the broadest sense, hence establishing them as a key factor to the nation’s or otherwise, the entire society’s development.
The world as we know it today, is overflowing with youths, with a population of 1.8 billion, representing a whopping 18% of the total world population. As such, it is quite evident that the youths of today play a role greater than in any other era of shaping the future of the existent communities, nations, and ultimately, the world.
The vision of youths
Youths in Nepal, like young people everywhere, are striving for genuine ideals which they can live by, and for revolutionary ways to win them. To achieve it, however will require a profound effort and uniform struggle from the ambitious. Countries lacking in development, ones like our own and a few others especially rely on youth for development as the state of the country demands strong vision, entrepreneurship and ambition, qualities abundant in the young generation.
This strong sense of purpose and commitment can be seen in movements like “Enough is Enough” in Nepal, a movement demanding better response to the Covid-19 crisis in the country. Through numerous Satyagrahas as well as street protests, youths have taken matters of profound importance into their own hands. Movements like these have helped hold the government accountable when the vast majority of the country just turned a blind eye.
As for other immediate contributions, youths have engaged in a variety of social activities within their reach, namely cleaning, organizing, helping the needy and most importantly, raising awareness and imparting information about existent problems in development and the reform that could follow it. Again, youth have been active in covid-19 management by establishing food banks, informing people around them about corona among various other contributions.
Other Political efforts
These are tasks the young can easily do, and are doing, to aid in the nation’s development, as individual youths. Even when the crisis wasn’t there the young generation were quite active. They worked for political rights through various youth forums established in our own country, that are probably doing much more than most adult political forums for the creation of a better society.
The policies and development works of a nation can indeed be carried out by the youth. As said earlier, they are the social actors of change and progress. They are serving today to implement policies when older people have been proven incapable of it. If they are intelligent enough, they will quite surely preserve and treasure what is good and beneficial, and discard what is obsolete and damaging.
Dependency on adults
It is to be noted, however, that the youth, in the core, are still dependent upon the older generation to build something upon and develop themselves as individuals. Mere traits do not create leaders, qualities developed through rigorous practice does. And it is the responsibility of the adults of the nations to ensure that these processes for skill development are well tended for. The future of any nation is dependent also on the integration of the youth in the political and other social activities. The grooming of these youths ensure that the genuine aspirations of the people are fully realized and transformed into nation- building ideas.
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