YOUTH AS CHANGE DRIVERS
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Youth as change drivers is hardly a new phenomenon. The advent of modernity has seen the youth (ages 18 through 30 roughly) began searing critiques of status quo, critiques that later evolved to large-scale mass movements aiming to overthrow establish authority. The Philippines is a concrete case in point where the youth of the late 19th century led the nationalist independent movement that created the new nation.
What makes a youth-led change program unique is that it is an alternative to the old notions of a working class-led movement for change. The ideologies of the 19th century, same ideologies that have stubbornly stayed and solidified till the 20th century, were very strongly class-based cognitive forms, which excluded the possibility of youth-led or gender-led change programs.
Old ideologies are finally cracking, thus paving the way for alternative tracks to social sector-driven change. The Arab Spring for instance highlighted the stinking Jurassic state of the old options and the decisive import of a youth-led change.
Below is a briefer from the UNESCO about writings from the youth concerning their sector as drivers of change.
[Philippines, 04 November 2011]
How youth drive change
The International Year of Youth (August 2010 – August 2011) turned out to be more revolutionary than expected. At the beginning of 2011, young people rose up in Tunisia and then in Egypt, and the movement spread to other countries in the region, also rousing countries in Europe such as Spain. Elsewhere in the world, youth are mobilizing for a range of causes, as varied as the means they use. Much more involved than we tend to think, young people have decided to take things in hand. And in this issue of the Courier, it is they who are speaking out, expressing their concerns and explaining their actions.
To read this issue please click here (PDF-56 pages)
- Young people in the world: So different and so alike, Monique Coleman
- Mobile revolution, Gigi Ibrahim
- Spring of outrage, Alfredo Trujillo Fernandez
- Miracle Weapons, Serge Amisi
- When poetry is louder than a bomb, Nate Marshall
- Moonlight stars, Carol Natukunda
- A young sughar, Nosheen Abbas
- Rebels with a cause, Jens Lubbadeh
- Prescriptions for a sick planet, Zhao Ying
- Green architecture, Carlos Bartesaghi Koc
- Revolution: one of the great feats of civilization, Khaled Youssef
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