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Mapping portal for youth development launched

Malaysia: The Malaysian Youth Development Research Institute (IPPBM) and partners have launched the Malaysia Youth Mapping Portal to compile details about youth resources in the country. The aim with the portal is to help inform policy makers about the financial allocation and performance of various youth programmes.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the portal would serve as a catalyst to influence policy-making process, human resources development and financial allocation for youth development programmes.

“This portal allows specific planning and development be made for the youths. It will help all quarters to get information about youth in desired areas quickly,” he told reporters after launching the portal here today.

The minister said 49 maps had been made available in the portal, offering data such as the number and distribution of youth population; youth and sport associations; drug abuse; public facilities, sport and service centres; domain scores on self-development; potential; social relationships and health.

Meanwhile, IPPBM chief executive officer Dr Wasitah Mohd Yusof said the mapping was done through data analysis involving 21,665 respondents from across the country.

“The research sample was set at between 190 and 220 respondents for each district to ensure the distribution patterns and youth lifestyles can be observed,” she said.

She also called on youth to make optimal use of the portal to find out about the efforts taken by the government and other relevant agencies to develop excellent human capital of high quality.

Source: NST