Should Youth Participate in Public Policy Making?

Yogyakarta (26/12) – Youth is Indonesian citizens who are entering an important period of growth and development aged 16 to.d. 30 years (Ps 1 number 1 UU 40/2009). Based on the results of the 2019 National Socioeconomic Survey (Susenas), the estimated number of youth is 64.19 million people, equivalent to a quarter of Indonesia’s total population. One of the roles of youth is the Agent of Change, as a driving force for a better change for themselves and the environment. To carry out this function, one of the activities that can be carried out is to participate in making public policies.

The existence of youth-based public policies can reduce the gap between youth and society, through the involvement of youth in every aspect of social life. Youth who can reach their potential and are active in society can contribute to the success of world goals, one of which is the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, youth needs to participate in making public policies and politics.

However, not to prioritize personal interests in wealth and throne but as an Agent of Change in bringing real societal interests. This was also conveyed by journalist and presenter Najwa Shihab who was interviewed by Kompas.com in the Satya Wacana Christian University (SWCU) New Student Orientation (OMB) series.

“So it is important to continue to involve young people in various important decisions and matters in this country, including political matters which solely, in my opinion, should not be seen as elite contestation. But politics as an everyday matter is indeed important for formulating various public policies. (ARP)



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