NUR-SULTAN – The Youth Development Index aimed at unifying various approaches to implementing and monitoring youth policies will be developed and introduced into parliamentary legislation by the end of the year, reports the Akorda press office. The announcement was made during the 24th meeting of the Youth Policy Council chaired by Kazakh President Dauren Abayev’s first deputy chief of staff on May 21.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev first proposed introducing the Youth Development Index in January when he made improving youth policy one of the government’s main tasks at the time. current. The index will strengthen the accountability of state bodies in achieving specific results, especially at the local level, by equipping them with national standards for evaluating youth policies.
Director of the Center for Scientific Research on Youth, Ayan Sakoshev, gave his expert opinion on the practice and noted that similar indices can be found in other countries and serve as an indicator to assess the development of youth policy in the country and to assess the level of support for young people in order to create the conditions for their development.
“This will give a certain positive impetus to the development of youth policy. By following the international methodology, we will see how the conditions for supporting young people will be created,” Sakoshev said in an interview for Kazinform.
The index will be included in the national Tauelsizdik Urpaktary (Independence Generation) project, which will combine all state support measures for youth in a single document, and establish prizes and subsidies to support new generations talented. Other measures that will be developed include the social services project for young people and the NEET generation (Not in education, employment or training).
Council members also had the opportunity to present their multidimensional ideas on more effective support for young people. Entrepreneurship was the main focus, as members proposed to expand state subsidies in the IT, business and socio-economic development sectors.
The Director of the Nur-Sultan Institute of Nuclear Physics and Associate Professor Maxim Zdorovets proposed to introduce long-term grant competitions in the field of science with an implementation period of five years, which will allow Kazakh scientists to set long-term goals and reach new heights through promising research.
“All state support measures must have the common effect of helping young people lead effective lives. This applies to things such as career guidance and the right choice of profession, responsibility for one’s health and disease prevention, issues of mental maturity and openness to risk and pragmatism,” Abayev said. .