Public and Non-governmental Sectors on Youth Development
Reflect on Lessons Learned and Exchanged Their Enhancing Work Processes
On July 15, 2015, at Mida Conference Room 2, Fourth Floor, Mida Resort & Spa Hotel, Ngam Wong Wan, Nonthaburi, The Healthy Child, Youth, and Family Promotion Plan of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, together with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Thailand and Thai Volunteer Service Foundation (TVS) arranged the third children and youth advocacy direction conference on “Lessons Learned from the Projects on Youth Development to Become Agents of Social Change”. This was aimed to provide a forum to exchange experiences and lessons learned in the youth development works to enable them to create social changes. In addition, it was also expected to compile lessons learned from working, success factors and suggestions for improving guidelines for advocacy on children and youth in the future.
In this conference, five case studies were shared through their interesting stories, including:
- Graduate Volunteer Program, Prince of Songkla University
- The Project of Integration between Children & Youth and Local Community Power for Driving Children & Youth Strategy, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University
- Youth Initiative Program, Surat Thani Province
- Youth Leadership for Social Change Project, Thai Volunteer Service Foundation (TVS)
- Division of Children and Youth Council and Network Affairs, Bureau of Youth Promotion and Protection, Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security that has the mission to supervise, promote and develop the potential of children and youth council
In addition to sharing their opinions and brainstorming suggestions to propel the development of children and youth to become the change agents, the participants also witnessed the opportunity for the work between public and civil society sectors in a “partnership” manner. As a result, they scheduled to meet in order to exchange their working methods with each other, forming a body of knowledge about youth development using the reinforcement continuously.
If there could be collaboration in the manner that enhances the working processes between state agencies and non-governmental groups or organizations driving the local works, it would allow the advocacy on the development of children and youth to be effective. In addition, this can lead to more sustainable and tangible guidelines for the work in this field.