Today’s generation of young people is the largest in history. More than 60 percent of the world’s rural population is made of youth for example, population of 16-40 age group in Nepal accounts for 38.8 percent of the total population. Given that the youth is backbone of the nation from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, it is necessary to make overall development of the youth and include their capacity in the mainstream of national development.
Nowadays, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has been a key platform for the knowledge sharing and networking as development through empowerment to the youth for global change significantly. Though definition of social media depends upon the perception of individual differently, I agreed with that it is forms of electronic communication (as websites for social networking and micro blogging) through which users can create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other contents. The power of social media is enormous; they have the ability to multiply seeding numbers by 1000s.
Since the time of undergraduate level, I am using my personal blog to write posts and it’s near to ten months ago, when I knew about YPARD and e-agriculture, then I started to write up blog posts on these websites. After getting training on social media from GCARD2, I am using social media more comfortably. When I became YPARD Nepal representative, I have successfully completed YPARD Awareness Campaign in Nepalese agricultural universities including training on social media session. I am still remembering comments made by Dwarika Bhattarai from Lamjung campus, “I’m feeling good on social media session so I will be able to make contribution as blog post.”
Youth can use their creativity and also increase their capacity for their future work life. Material is published via web by the youth helping them collaborate across local communalities, country boundaries and influence decision makers in different parts of the world. I believe, young people constitute an important and significant part of the population; yet this is not reflected in their level of involvement in decision-making processes and public debates. In this regards, social media has become most powerful tools to sensitize issues and to give pressure to the concerned stakeholders.
Short video documentaries, photos and stories produced by the youth are an excellent way to create a positive social change in their communities. Youth can thus tell about matters close to them and try to create sustainable changes in the society as well as create awareness e.g. on gender inequality. So there is growing momentum on youth participation in social media within the development community. Governments around the world are increasingly supporting youth ministries, youth policies and youth programmes, and there is now greater recognition that young people are the future of their countries’ development.