“History has always been shaped by the power of the youth.” – Daisaku Ikeda
If you dig deeper into our nation’s history, you’ll realise that our youth has always participated actively in defining the social, political and economic landscape of India.
Keeping their role in mind, International Youth Day is commemorated every year on August 12 to celebrate the achievements of the world’s youth, and to encourage their participation in world affairs. It is also the perfect occasion for governments and citizens to work in tandem for raising awareness of issues plaguing the youth of today.
This year, as we celebrate the 72 years of our independence, we must first ask ourselves if we are as independent as we think we are. We might be the world’s ‘fastest growing’ economy, but, when it comes to tackling social evils like unemployment and poverty, we still have a long way to go. Not only is our population growing manifold each day, the number of people living below the poverty line is also multiplying alarmingly. While steps are being taken to tackle these, they are often not implemented in the right way, hindering our nation’s growth.
Harbingers of change and leaders of tomorrow, our youth can surely help build a society free of social evils. After all, we have the largest youth population in the world. At an individual level, every young person can contribute to the development of the nation. Contributing to the community by teaching underprivileged kids, providing for their basic needs, propagating healthy lifestyle practices – measures like these can initiate a ripple of change for the betterment of the society.
In that regard, both education and skill development are equally important, which is why the government has undertaken several initiatives to empower the youth with learning and employment opportunities. Initiatives like Skill India, Make in India, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMGEP), Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana are just some steps taken by government aimed at redressing the current situation.
Taking a leaf out of the government’s book, we at PCF have ventured out to contribute in the development of our country’s youth. Our Skills Academy trains the rural youth in employable skills to work in arenas such as security services, facilities management, firefighting and real estate. The academy not only equips them with the expertise that can help them earn, but also gives them opportunities to realise their dreams.
Youth is dynamic, free and full of life – but they need the right environment to truly flourish and leave a lasting impact. It is therefore crucial to allow youngsters to learn, grow and earn their bread without the burden of obstacles. After all, only a skilled youth will lead to a skilled nation! #JoKushalWohSafal