UNESCO Jakarta Office in collaboration with Sekitar-kita, hosted a 5-day programme for the empowerment of Indonesian youth. The agenda included a training on Youth-led Initiatives and Civic Engagement, research-based discussion on youth policies in Indonesia and a consultation on the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Building Skills for youth civic engagement
25 participants from all across the archipelago–17 of them coming from regions outside Jakarta, including West and East Java, Papua, Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Kalimantan—attended the training that provided interactive and informative sessions on such themes as social analysis, youth identity awareness, activism, networking and resource mobilization. Participants were also introduced to the Development Action Plan as a roadmap for the implementation of activities in their communities, which each participant drew up throughout the training and presented at the last session with the guidance of UNESCO and Sekitar-kita.
Participants will receive continued encouragement and support from UNESCO toward implementation of their Action Plans in their communities in the next 6 months.
Reviewing youth policies in Indonesia
The fourth day of the programme was devoted to present the preliminary findings of the broad research work conducted by Sekitar Kita on youth policies, youth organizations typology in Indonesia and assessment of Papuan youth organizations. The event, held at the Akmani hotel in Jakarta, was attended by government officials, UN agencies, youth-led NGOs, and other stakeholders, in addition to the trainees.
In reviewing Indonesia’s youth policy, Sekitar-kita identified the discord between the needs of youth and implemented programmes due to the lack of youth participation in policy making. Research on the typology of youth organizations in Indonesia revealed the current youth organizations officially registered under Ministry of Youth and Sports to be mostly established under political parties and religion groups. As for the assessment of youth organizations in Papua, it examined the facts and snapshots of Papua’s youth, calling for the need for coordination and cooperation among and between the government and youth agencies in the region, as well the formation of a youth-specific agency.
The presentation was followed by a space for discussions on youth policies in Indonesia led by representatives from Sekitar-kita, UKP4, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the youth-led NGO Indonesian Future Leaders. The session was moderated by UNESCO.
Sekitar-kita’s research and policy review will be reflected in future dialogue with policymakers and stakeholders, as well as determine the direction of UNESCO’s Youth programme in Indonesia.
Post 2015 Development Agenda
The event at Akmani Hotel included an interactive session on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Inspired by the consultations conducted around the world on the Post-2015 development framework, participants were asked to envision and discuss what is ‘the future we want far all’, which are the development issues and challenges that the Indonesian youth is concerned about and which are the possible solutions.
The opinions and ideas captured during this reduced consultation session will be represented as the voice of Indonesian youth for future discussions on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including the meeting of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Bali next March.
For other opportunities and information on UNESCO Jakarta’s Youth Programme, please look for updates at our website.