Participation of Young People or Lack of Opportunities?
Many political leaders, NGOs and Institutions are far from convinced that harnessing the active involvement of young people represents an effective strategy for achieving better outcomes. Outcomes that affects children and young people, their present, and their future. Marginalized youths lack access to most of the processes through which adults can easily articulate their concerns.
They lack the power of the million-dollar commercial lobbyists to wield influence on Governments and community-based organizations. They lack access to mainstream media, press and the courts. They may not be invited to be active members of trade unions or professional bodies that could negotiate on their behalf. Often they are not even considered to comment or participate in the evaluation of the national education system.
Young people are often disregarded in public policies. But then, YOU already know that.