National Strategy for Childhood & Youth [Archives:2005/837/Local News]

April 28 2005

By Fahmia al-Fotih
For The Yemen Times

Mr. Abdulrahman al-Akwaa, Minister of Youth and Sport along with Mr. Abdulkareem al-Arahbi, Minister of Social Affairs, headed the First National Conference for Childhood &Youth on 19 April.

Al-Akwaa and al-Arahbi stressed the importance of preparing the National Strategy for Childhood and Youth as and children and youths now make up 68 percent of the population.

Dr. Nafeesa al-Jaefee, the general-secretary of the Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood, presented a report on the “Achievements and future plan”.

The First National Conference for Childhood and Youth attempts to achieve a number of goals, all of which are to enhance role of young people and institute institutional mechanisms to implement the youth programs. It also aims to identify the challenges that young people face and their solutions, in addition to publicizing and encouraging youth activities, sports and programs to help them to compete internationally.

The Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood along with the Social Fund for Development and the World Bank carried out an analytical study on children who live in difficult conditions in 2003. This study recommended a special workshop, conducted by UNICEF to discuss suitable initiatives.