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THE IMPORTANCE OF INVOLVING YOUTHS IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT



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THE IMPORTANCE OF INVOLVING YOUTHS IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

According to (Gribble, 2010) more than half of the world’s population is under the age of 25 (between ages 15 and 24) are in greatest need of empowerment, those who are younger will quickly come of age and share these same needs. This segment of the population (15 to 24) is expected to continue growing faster than other segments for at least 20 more years (Gribble, 2010). With the swelling wave of young people, access, empowerment and their engagement in nation building becomes critical if they are to contribute effectively.

Uhunmwuangho and Oghator (2013) suggested two (2) major motivations which have brought the converge of youth (young persons) into the policy agenda of national governments, thus, fascinate and prioritized youth inclusion to the building process of any nation. According to them, the first is the global process of democratization, beginning in Southern Europe, extending to Latin America, Asia and Africa, and more recently to Eastern Europe (Almond, 2004). The second is the phenomenon of globalization that has seriously challenged the capacity of nation-state to govern and which according to Heady, et al, embodied a transformation of the spatial organization of social relations and transaction (Heady, 1979). The combined effects of these global trends has confronted and dismantled authoritarian regimes in a decisive way, and at the same time rekindled the spirit of civil society in the political process (Suleiman, 2006). The youth as an important component of the civil society is in the process of self rediscovery in an era characterized by the intense movement of the social forces of democratization and globalization. As they interact with other actors in the social system, the youth express their interest and needs, they relate with relevant political institutions and political processes to articulate their views and promote shared interest (Suleiman, 2006).

The role of education in positioning and providing youth with access to effective engagement in national development which is a way of incorporating them in the decision making process of the nation’s governance, nation building activities where they are welcomed, with accurate and comprehensive information which will empower them to make healthy decisions. POPULATION






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