Dushanbe is once again in the center of attention. The VIII Republic Forum of Youth Organizations Union of Tajikistan (YOUT) took place several days ago. Over 130 delegates from all regions of the country discussed youth participation in global, national and local activities for the sustainable development of society and the state.
In addition to heads and members of YOUT, representatives of active youth, politicians, parliament members, representatives of mass media and experts took part in the work of the Forum. It was a signature event, as it took place under the aegis of the Year of Youth as announced by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The forum was organized by the initiative group and representatives of the Committee for Youth and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.
“While being an independent union of youth movement, YOUT impersonates a mechanism and a system of coordination, support and mutually beneficial cooperation of organizations that work with the youth,” said Dilnoza Akhmadzoda, deputy Chairwoman of Committee for Youth and Sports, Republic of Tajikistan. She stressed the role of such an important union as YOUT.
The issues of public health, education, water and sanitation, employment and economic development and sustainable cooperation were discussed during the forum. In addition to YOUT participants, representatives of many NGO also took part. Among those are “Initiative Youth of Tajikistan”, “Young Generation of Tajikistan”, “National Association of Volunteers of Tajikistan”, “Hamsol ba Hamsol”, “Planet of Hopes”, “Mumtoz”, “Safinai Roushd” and a number of the states unitary enterprises such as “Republic Cultural Center of Youth “Oiyono”, “Youth Center of Dushanbe”, and “Republic Center of Youth Information and Orientation”. The forum was supported by the country offices of UNICEF and UNFPA in Tajikistan.
“Practical experience has long shown that the youth organizations represent a high potential in realization of the youth policies, in solving socially significant problems. That is why their knowledge and vision should be used to successfully implement a number of tasks to improve development of our state,” noted one of the YOUT foundation initiators and a member of Majlisi namoyandagon (the Parliament) — Kiyomiddin Miraliyon.
The Forum raised many issues related to youth. One of the session discussed importance of education, especially of girls from remote regions of the country with a limited access to education. The main part of the Forum was devoted to discussion of regulatory bylaws, including development and approving of the Forum Resolution, Strategic Plan of YOUT for 2017 – 2020.
The Forum also re-elected the Consultative Board and Secretariat of YOUT. This year Dilbar Halilova, director of MOO “Fidokor,” was elected to the Board. Her organization is leading among the public organizations with extensive experience and she is the right person to share her experience with young organizations.
“It was unexpected, but still very pleasant that the youth organizations value our advice and experience and want to learn from the more experienced organizations with richer potential,” said Dilbar Halilova.
According to Halilova, the role of public unions in realization of the youth policies by means of active civic society is vast, including participation of the youth in social and political reforms of the country.
In this relation, special attention shall be given to public organizations in their role of the civic upbringing of the youth. However, they do not react the way we wanted them in promotion of such an important mission.
It is notable that Rano Jumayeva, the director of public organization Cultural and Educational Center “Tomiris,” was elected as the executive secretary of YOUT. She is one of the country’s representatives of active youth.
Speaking about the aims and tasks of the Forum, Rano Jumayeva said: “The main tasks of YOUT are to ensure participation of youth organizations in progress of the society and the state, in creation of favorable conditions for development and sustainability of youth organizations and their active participation in development and realization of sectoral programs of the state youth policies. Other priority tasks include improvement of regulatory basis, attraction to participation of the state institutions, and particularly the executive body of the government to implement social programs by means of public organizations.”
She also noted that youth organizations play an important role in development of the civic initiatives. “This forum is a continuation to the sustainability initiative and development of the social democratic management processes that facilitate the development of civil society overall,” said Jumayeva.
Not without pleasant surprises: it was announced that in honor of the Year of Youth in Tajikistan this year, in addition to 10 state grants awarded by the Committee of Youth and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, there will be 10 additional grants awarded to public youth organizations and initiative groups. Each is 10 thousand Somoni (about US$1100). The work of the Forum concluded by recommendations to improve access of youth to quality education. Those recommendations will be presented to the Government.