UChicago Center in Delhi
Over the past half century, and particularly since the adoption of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), there have been shifting policy orientations toward children and young people, including a growing emphasis on young people’s potential to contribute to society. Successfully engaging young people in the institutions that shape their lives can be a critical factor in their development as both individuals and citizens. Effectively engaging young people, however, can be challenging. This is particularly true regarding those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In India, youth policy has not been a significant priority. Yet with the largest population of young people of any country (over 350 million youth between 10 and 24), a focus on young people’s circumstances, investment in their well-being, and promotion of their effective participation as active citizens is arguably of critical importance. Much of the discussion and debate in India has focused on either education or skilling and not on wider participation in civic and public life.
This panel discussion featuring UChicago Faculty member Professor Robert Chaskin, and UChicago alum Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO, Pratham India will examine the current state of youth and youth policy in India and explore the challenges and possibilities for promoting their engagement and positive development.