As 12th August will be marked as Youth Day globally, the youth of the Tharparkar region expressed their deep concern over population growth.
Population growth is the increase in the number of individuals in a population. Global human population growth amounts to around 83 million annual or 1.1% per year. The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7.774 billion in 2020.
It is expected to keep growing, and estimates have put the total population at 8.6 billion by mid-2030, 9.8 billion by mid-2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. Such an alarming number comes without having any draft or policy in Pakistan can be the cause of challenges.
All that is needed is a vision that could transform this project into an opportunity and turn this youth bulge from a liability to an asset.
This scenario becomes more worrisome when we see the political leadership giving patchy attention to the implications of the population explosion and its fall out.
For generations now, almost every government has issued cash-based youth programs, but none has prioritized the development of small and medium-sized businesses — the real backbone of any country’s economic strength. The International Youth Day was first observed in 2000.
The UN defines youth as the age – group between 15 and 24 years, forming one-sixth of the population of the world.
The aim of International Youth Day is to endorse consciousness, particularly in the youth.
Tharparkar based local NGOs, Thar Education Alliance (TEA) is marking International Youth Day with the theme of ‘Youth and Sustainable Population Growth: Challenges and Opportunities’ and their pro-active volunteers were also sharing some genuine content like impacts of population growth, the role of youth in limiting population growth, and policy for reproductive health.
They also stressed that, COVID-19 pandemic is considered as the most crucial global health calamity of the century and the greatest challenge that humankind faced since the 2nd World War. It has rapidly spread around the world, posing enormous health, economic, environmental, and social challenges to the entire human population.
COVID-19 is a major public health concern for the world’s population and is a leading cause of hospitalization and death. Kiran Jewraj, volunteer of TEA posted on Twiter ‘Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with the knowledge and opportunities, they need to thrive.
As we commemorate International Youth Day, will highlight the impact of youth and their contributions. Dolat Chandani, freelancer writer tweeted ‘On #InternationalYouthDay the youth of Tharparkar keeps a firm stance that we don’t want any kind of your compassion but want equitable quality education which is our basic right to compete to cope with the challenges the world.’
Supporting to the campaign of Thar Education Alliance, Social Activist Dr. Soorath Sindhu shared on Twitter ‘I would like to draw the attention that how women of Thar are suffering from their malpractices of diet, we know nature offers limited options yet those options r plenty enough to complete d daily and healthy requirements. Promote local food.’