By Waruni Madhubhashini –
“Give The Youth A Proper Environment. Motivate Them. Extend Them The Support They Need. Each One Of Them Has Infinite Source Of Energy. They Will Deliver.” – Dhirubhai Ambani
Every nation has strong assets when developing their national interest, power capability, strategic security concerns with creating territorial integrity and sovereignty. If these intellectual properties are being creating and expanding the conceptual functions of national development; it would take the opportunity to address the consequences of distinctive policies that jeopardized national security. Consisting vital perspectives of knowledge with creating some competitive advantages the youth generation of the country will take the challenge when developing and empowering the nation as voyages who looking new destination for the landing. Youth have positive influences on the nation, innovative knowledge with different perspectives and a combination of creative and advanced technological skills. Though they are more strategically confident as a development tool in society most of them are distraction due to the absence of government participation in empowering youth; especially in Sri Lanka.
Even the youth is more powerful and advanced assets that can effectively influence the national development there are should be a strategically organized approach to convince them according to the development function of the state. Youth would be strength concerning modernized concepts according to the sustainable development goals and objectives. As a developing country within the 21st century; Sri Lanka having issues with less participation of youth in national development. Less participation or more participation would depend on the availability and opportunities given by the society to youth generation. It has controversial effects and especially in Sri Lanka; the government should more focus on youth delegation and sustainability.
According to the quarterly bulletin, Sri Lanka Labor Force statics which carried out by the Department of Census and Statistics has reported that Sri Lankan unemployment rate has inched up to 4.9 percent during the second quarter, from 4.7 of first quarter which ended in March 2019. The survey results have revealed that 420,231 number of amount has estimated as an unemployed person and it has reported for female is 7.5 percent and 3.4 percent for male. The youth unemployment rate has highly increased between 15-24 age categories which creating the highest rate from all age female categories. Furthermore, it has revealed that the educated female rates are higher according to the all level of education that has completed their GCE A/L and above education.
According to the statistics, which revealed the deep relationship with the education level and unemployment of the youth generation would be the point that should have to address by the government and all the respective and responsible groups who are developing the nation consisting of sustainable development goals. Not only that it has particularly revealed that among the unemployment rate of each age and educational level categories; females are representing huge proportion and ultimately it would create massive social consequences as the advantage of the unemployment and youth contribution towards the development of the nation.
Youth unemployment has different perspectives to be discussed by the society. Even though it should be taken towards the upward to the policy formulation and implementation to the development process of the youth soft and hard skills; Sri Lanka is a country who do not have proper motivation and still we are lacking of creating more opportunities to the youth generation in advance of developed technological functions. According to my point, this is a serious issue in which every political party should focus on formulating their policy formulation towards development goals.
As a result of youth unemployment, lots of corruption and crimes could happen which creating particular issues with the national security, development and peace consolidation in Sri Lanka. The data analysed by the department of prisons has revealed that the convicted prisoners who belonged to the youth generation among 22 – 50 age categories represent the highest amount of prisoners who has characterized between 2013-2017. Even though the youth has played a key role in the development process; when they do not have opportunities to grow up their skills within the society they might be converted towards illegal or different violations. As described by the given data could be understood that unemployment and crime involvement has akin relationship especially in the youth generation.
Not only that but also Sri Lanka is experiencing huge differentiation of soft skilled labor compared to the international standards of the job market. Moreover, the Sri Lankan education system should be more advanced and adaptable to current labor requirement. In this case, Sri Lanka should address the issue of lacking digitalized knowledge of youth generation. Especially as a developing country in the third world, we do not obtain sufficient technological implementation and policies towards developing the nation. Hence, we have to experience a deep negative correlation among the youth’s contribution towards the economic, political and social development which emphasizing territorial integrity and national security. Thus, Sri Lanka should have to more focus on vocational training centers, private education institutes according to the standard level and there should be changes in attitudes of youth as well as government proceedings.
*The writer is a Research Assistant of the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL), National Security Think Tank under the Ministry of Defence. The opinion expressed in this article are her own and not necessarily reflective of the INSSSL.