WINNER OF 1999 ESCAP AWARD BELIEVES YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE BEST RESOURCE FOR PROMOTING THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENT
Bangkok (United Nations Information Services) - Youth empowerment is
based upon the belief that young people are the best resource for
promoting their own development. One excellent example of how to
empower young people through training and educational programmes is
the All-China Youth Federation, which has won the prestigious Human
Resources Development (HRD) Award given annually by the United
Nation's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
The All-China Youth Federation was selected because of the high level of
youth participation in its programmes and for the enthusiasm its
programmes continue to generate throughout China.
It was chosen from among 83 individuals and organizations in 24 countries
throughout Asia and the Pacific for its wide range of innovative human
resource development activities for young people.
The All-China Youth Federation was formed in 1949, the same year the
People's Republic of China was established. Over the fifty years of its
existence, ACYF has grown to encompass youth organizations throughout
China, and has successfully adapted its programmes to reflect the
changing nature of youth issues and Chinese society.
The "1999 ESCAP HRD Award for Youth Empowerment" is sponsored by the
Government of Australia, and carries a US$ 30,000 prize. ACYF will use
the prize money to expand its successful self-protection programme,
incorporating life skills training, such as first aid, self defence and
environmental awareness into the regular school curriculum for young
people throughout China.
ACYF provides training for teachers and volunteers throughout the country
to conduct these important classes, which support national efforts to
protect the rights and interests of children and youth.
Project Hope is another successful project run by ACYF. Established in
1989, Project Hope helps school dropouts get back to school and get an
education. It also works to improve educational facilities and build new
schools in poorer regions of China. Over the past 11 years, Project Hope
has helped build 7,500 new primary schools and assist a total of 2.2
million school drop-outs to get back to school.
One of the most successful programmes overseen by ACYF involves urban
youth that work as young volunteers in rural communities. When the
programme began in 1994, 22 volunteers were sent into the field. Since
then, almost 70 million young volunteers have worked to improve the lives
of their fellow citizens throughout the country, making this an extremely
effective programme for youth participation and capacity-building.
The ESCAP HRD Award is presented every year to organizations that have
undertaken exemplary work in the field of human resources development.
The Award will be presented to the President of ACYF by Mr Adrianus Mooy,
Executive Secretary of ESCAP and Mr Paul Tighe, Minister and Permanent
Representative of Australia to ESCAP, during the 56th ESCAP Commission
Session on 5 June 2000.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2000 ESCAP HRD Award with the
theme: "HRD for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities."