Need Analysis FOR PAKISTAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – PDP
Despite constituting a major chunk of the population, Pakistani youth are lagging behind in every field. They have a major role to play in country’s progress however due to lack of support they are facing many new challenges in today’s society: they are afflicted by an identity crisis, lack of self-confidence, a sense of hopelessness and confusion, and ambiguity concerning about moral issues and the future. They have been trapped in a culture marked by guns, violence, and drugs. All this has resulted in an unstable economy, a shattered confidence of foreign investors, lawlessness and a break-up of the social fabric.
The most profound problem Pakistani youth is facing at present is frustration. This monster is eating up our youth slowly and gradually. The youth in Pakistan don’t have jobs, means of healthy entertainment, health resources and awareness. The frustration as a result of a multitude of problems is increasing day by day.
Education is the most powerful weapon of the youth. With it, they could lead their country towards progress. Unfortunately, quality and skill-based education is still a dream for Pakistani youth, especially for the poor. There is no formal guidance for students in the logical selection of a specific course of study. There is no unified education system. Pakistani universities and colleges have become degree distributing machines. Education does not mean only degrees but in its true sense, it is the future of the youth.
Another major problem faced by Pakistani youth is unemployed. After completing their education, they find no job to utilize their skills to serve their country. This is the result of government’s inability to utilize youth in a proper manner. Deteriorating conditions are also responsible for low investment in the country, resulting in fewer job opportunities. Unemployment is a multi-dimensional and complex issue which starts a vicious circle of associated problems like the involvement of youth in radical politics, bank and household burglaries, social insecurity, lawlessness, and use of drugs.
Poverty is another major problem of Pakistani youth. Due to the lack of resources, they are unable to get a quality education and pursue their field of interest. Poverty is a sort of disease which is weakening Pakistani youth. They are unable to fully use their talent and serve their country.
Owing to poverty and unemployment, parents prefer sending their children to labor instead of to school. They make them do so to support their family and use them as earning hands from the early age. Child labor is a sort of deluge that is draining away our precious talent. Child labor can push young ones into bad company and immoral activities such as the use of drugs and crime.
Some youth in a grim situation find no other consolation and resort to the use of drugs. Growing use of narcotics is becoming a major problem of our youth. They find it the cheapest source to fight their miseries. But they never realize that this habit of theirs wastes their priceless capabilities and drags them to the brink of death.
Saddest of all our youth – in sheer disappointment – are committing suicide. They waste their life without knowing their worth. Use of drugs, poverty, unemployment, and failure in life are the major reasons behind this curse. Furthermore, pressure from parents and a rigid system is also a bolt from blue to the Pakistani youth. Social taboos hinder youth from freely deciding about their future. They cannot follow their dreams. This leads them to escape from their responsibilities towards their parents and their country.
Last but not least, the role of media in upbringing Pakistani youth has been minimal. Most of the youth find Pakistani TV programs non-entertaining and unattractive. Everybody is interested in watching other South Asian and Western channels. As a consequence of cultural invasion, Pakistani youth’s role in promoting Pakistan as a country has been dismal.
Despite the multiplicity of problems, it is still a right time for the government to take some pragmatic steps. Of the 15 largest countries in the world in terms of population, Pakistan has by far the youngest population. The government should not regard the young population as a burden but an asset. We need to bear in mind that “the destiny of nations is in the hands of youth”.
Pakistan is blessed with the youth that can do wonders if trained and lead properly in the right direction. Unfortunately, the current economic situation for new College and University graduates is not as promising as it should be in order to find a suitable job in the market. Without having appropriate experience new graduates are unable to secure a job that will sustain them and their families.