Cover Story - Faces of WAVE 2017
On November 10, police arrested a 26-year-old youth of Sarlahi while he was trying to traffic four women to Kuwait via India with a false promise of providing lucrative jobs for them. Eight days later, a youth was arrested at Rasuwa Border Police post in possession of illegally imported 17 kilograms of gold from Kerung entry point of China.
These are the real incidents that represent thousands of youth who are being involved in anti-social or illegal activities. One of the reasons behind this being lack of job in the country. A recent data from Nepal Police has revealed that a total number of crimes in the year 2073/74 were 5,924, out of which, a total of 5,182 (65 percent) were committed by jobless people, including youth. Categorising further, the data recorded the most active group of people in committing crime falling under the age group of 26 to 35. When nature of crime is concerned, social category recorded the highest–2,884, followed by murder/murder attempt–863, organised crime–614, suicide-468, theft–429, violence against women/girls–301, road accidents–176, and others-65. In this alarming situation, commitment from widest sectors is a virtue, especially in making youth busy in their lives.
Out-migration of youths is rampant because the country is unable to generate jobs for around 500,000 youths who enter the job market every year, while the domestic job market is able to provide jobs to only 20 percent of them. Besides, Nepal’s reliance on remittance is not a long-term solution. It is also expected that by 2018, youth unemployment will rise further by 200,000, and the global economic crises of
2008-09 will play a vital role in this regard.
Thus, increase in the investment in human capital development is an urgent action needed to be taken to prevent youth from being involved in anti-social or criminal activities and unleash their growth potential. Technology has advanced to the next level globally, and this technological advancement can provide great opportunity to the youth of Nepal as well. Europe developed within 50 years, while China and other Asian countries developed within two decades. If government and private sector focuses on empowering youth academically and non-academically, especially in technological sector, Nepal can move ahead to ensure outstanding development within next two decade.
Besides, Nepal has competitive and comparative advantage, especially in sectors like hydro-power, infrastructure development, tourism, and others. Therefore, along with providing job opportunities, the country shall now focus on non-academic capacity of youths, along with providing effective academic inputs. If the government and private sector fail to scale up the skills of youths, Nepal will miss the opportunity to move towards prosperity.
Nepali youths are full of potential. Recently, Dr. Rojeet Shrestha, an associate professor of clinical biochemistry at Washington University of Barbados, was awarded IFCC Young Investigator Award, in Durban, South Africa, by International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), a worldwide, non-political organisation for clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. Similarly, Kanchan Amatya was awarded Clinton Global Initiative Presidential Honor Roll Award for her dedication and passion in making significant impact through her commitment to action.
If some youth of Nepal are genius, properly planned strategy and implementation can bring out the best from all the young population of Nepal. Let’s focus in enhancing youth’s potentialities and take Nepal towards development and prosperity.
Latshering Glan Tamang, Editor