Youths of different educational institutions demanded that their participation in the government's policymaking process be ensured.
The state should provide opportunities to the youth to raise their voices on social and national issues and strengthen their leadership capacities, they told the launch of a youth platform "Young Change Makers Coalition in Bangladesh," organised by 12 national and international rights groups in the capital's Cirdap auditorium Wednesday.
The 12 organisations are: Plan International Bangladesh, Youth for Change, Save the Children, SERAC Bangladesh, World Vision, Youth Alliance International, Sightsavers, VSO International, ADD International Bangladesh, National Children Task Force, The Hunger Project, and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.
"We demand that the government seriously consider us while formulating policies," said Faez Belal, a student of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Youths are the future leaders, So their voice should get priority in policymaking, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, the chief guest.