Youth policy advocacy
Last edit: 06:35, 18 February 2011
I have ten (10) years working experienced as a Youth Development Officer. Yes, I was involved in the recent Policy Development.In the last reviewed , i was part of the advocacy visit to 2 Geo-political Zones out of 6 Zones. The youth were mobilized from the zones with their leaders. There was reasonable turned out of the youth with a lot of contributions from them but there was not enough time to deliberate on the points. The key advocacy messages were: Employment for both graduates and Out- of -School Youth, HIV / AIDS, Youth Health, Youth in Crime, the Out - of - School youth. It was targeted to Youth, Donor Agencies and Government of Nigeria.
Thanks for sharing experiences from Nigeria. I note that your advocacy process involved making contact with a range of the key stakeholders including young people which is an important point. Were a majority of the young people happy with the Youth Policy - that it represented their views?
Goodmorning, Yes, majority of the young people were happy because their views were considered in the policy. Nigeria Youth are not homogeneous group and that differences were captured. The policy contains provisions that addresses the specify and special needs of each several identified target groups.