Child and youth development: problems, perspective and dimensions in the 21st century 
Gonzalo Saravi (CIESAS)
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Tuesday 6 August, 11:00-12:00, 14:00-15:00 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

Child and youth development is a crucial issue in today's world. Children and youth are in pathetic condition. It is moral duty of people of 21st century that they protect children and youth for the future.

Long Abstract

Child and youth development is a crucial issue in all over the world. More than 200 million children under 5 years fail to reach their potential in cognitive development because of poverty, poor health and nutrition, and lack of early stimulation. The main causes of poor child development - stunting, iodine and iron deficiencies, and inadequate cognitive and social-emotional stimulation have been identified. On one hand where there are social, political and economic issues are responsible for poor development of child and youth in developing countries at the same time on other hand psychological and other mental issues are pushing youth on deviation path.

The picture is very disastrous in so called militant countries where their children are being trained as extremists and militant. In these types of countries some people are encroaching childhood, and children become terrorists in their young age. Children and youth want a suitable direction to do right for the society. The society can give as they want. Such as engaging youth in environmental service projects is an innovative way of achieving several priority objectives through one single intervention or Interventions for youth are often multi-sectoral in nature, ranging from job and life-skills development to programs for better health and nutrition.

Children and youth are particularly vulnerable and their rights and interests need special attention. Proposed panel is being organised for the discussion and policy suggestions on psycho-social, socio-economic and socio-political issues of child and youth development

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