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2. Pro-youth Policies
For Bangladesh, opportunity creation for the youth tops the development agenda. Vision 2021, the central development agenda of the government, is focused on meet- ing the needs required for the youth to become skillful. A Perspective Plan (2010-2021) and two Five Year Plan - Sixth (2011-2015) and Seventh (2016- 2020), were formulated to implement this Vision. Some of the specific objectives of youth development programs are to increase the participation of youth, particularly females in youth development, equip youth with skill and training in technical, vocational and professional fields, increase employment opportunities, organize youth groups and motivate them to assist in community development through voluntary youth organi- zations. Awami League Government, during two successive tenures, endorsed a number of pro-youth policies and has been implementing those policies with proper plan and timeframe. This chapter provides briefs on policystrategies that have direct/indirect implication on youth development.
2.1 National Youth Policy
Youth are the strongest, creative and productive force of any nation. Spirit and action of youth provides the life-line for development of a nation. In Bangladesh, first ever youth policy was formulated in the year 1983. It was revised and updated subsequently in view of socio-economic progress and challenges facing the nation. There are some other policy measures being initiated in sectors like education, sports that complement the vision of youth development.
This Policy (2003) is an updated version of the youth policy formed in the year 1983 and was developed in line with the socio-economic, global, technological and cultural perspectives of the country. The aim was to utilize the potential that youth possess and to bring out their leadership qualities through proper guidance and training.
Recently Awami League government formulated and endorsed National Youth Policy 2017. This policy aims to promote youth engagement in environmental education and protection, ICT develop- ment, green technology, good gover-
nance, sustainable development, volun- teerism, youth work has been widely recommended in this policy document. And ensure gender equality and empow- erment of the youth irrespective of their sex, race, class, caste etc. Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) are preparing to commence the process of formulating a comprehensive National Plan of Action (NPA) to translate the policy.
2.2 Education Policy 2010
The Education Policy 2010 adopted by Awami League government emphasizes on education that promotes economic productivity as well as social and humanitarian qualities. The Policy aims to introduce an education process that is oriented to creativity, practicability and productivity to achieve advancement in the economic and social fields of the country.
2.3 Skills Development Policy 2011
Major objectives of the National Skill Development Policy are to improve the quality and relevance of skills develop- ment and access to skills development for various groups of citizens including women and people with disabilities in Bangladesh.

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