There are many unmet service needs in the world - especially at the bottom of the pyramid. Just to give an example: 758 million adults are illiterate – two-thirds of whom are women – and still lack basic reading and writing skills globally (UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) data for 2014). It is quite evident that we are seriously struggling to meet the service needs of our people. We need to find a cost-effective way to meet the needs of the society. Youthled Changemaking can play a significant role in addressing many of the service needs of the society. Read on for more information on the development perspective and the impact Youthled Changemaking can have.
We have already explained in detail about the value of Youthled Changemaking for the existing education systems. It will counterbalance the passive education being given to young people. It will transform an average educational campus into a changemaking campus. It will create and activate new spaces for youth-led changemaking. It will help millions of students every year to experience the thrill of being a Changemaker. It will help students to discover their changemaking potential in the real world. It will break traditional institutional barriers to Youthled Changemaking. It will break the disconnect between educational institutions and communities. It will provide students with an opportunity to discover their inherent changemaking abilities by confronting social problems.
Youthled Changemaking provides a great opportunity to unlock the changemaking potential of young girls. Young girls lack opportunities to lead and drive change in their communities. Although the number of young girls enrolled in higher education institutions have increased recently, it has not put the young girls in the driver seat. Youthled Changemaking provides an excellent platform to increase the number of young female changemakers in the society.
It has been acknowledged globally that terrorist groups are increasingly recruiting young people into their ranks to disrupt the society. Terrorist groups are telling us of our inability to inspire trust in young people. It is interesting to note that a large number of conflict affected countries have a youth population of more than half. Terrorist groups are feeding the fires of terrorism with the blood of our young people. There is a pressing need to find a way to transform the youth bulge into a youth boom by unlocking the changemaking potential of young people
A genuine democracy requires active citizens and not citizens in waiting. Youthled Changemaking provides a great opportunity to restore youth action at grassroots level.
We have a record youth population today. Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people. There are more young people between the ages of 10 and 24 today than at any age other time in human history. 9 out of 10 young people are living in less developed countries. Will these young people be able to unlock their changemaking potential?
Youthled Changemaking will boost the level of productivity of a country massively. It will offer a new source of innovation in the society. We have seen in our work that Youth focuses on fast delivery of ideas with less bureaucracy. It offers a service delivery mechanism to the poor and forgotten. It reduces youth crime and drug abuse. Youthled Changemaking will also reduce youth unemployment.
All the religions believe in serving others, alleviating pain and poverty, and becoming more engaged. There is no religion in the world which we know of that discourages civic engagement. Youthled Changemaking can provide the first practical experience to many children and young people to serve others. It will provide the foundation to build a society on just principles. We have seen over the last few years that many countries are losing their capacity to engage children and young people in activities that can produce social, cultural and economic change. Youthled Changemaking provides a great platform to reconnect children and young people to society. It will not only improve their spiritual condition but also contribute to the well-being of society. Youthled Changemaking will help many individuals to exert a positive influence on the society. If a young person sees a problem in the society, he or she will take an action to resolve that problem with an entrepreneurial approach. It will help many disconnected young people to foster new relationships of trust and reciprocity with the society. It will help young people to break traditional boundaries and reduce hostility towards others.