KARACHI: Nadeem Naseer (27) a daily wager of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) rickshaw is unaware what is importance of International Youth Day (IYD).
The Day was being celebrated all over the world on August 12, but Naseer considered the day more like an ordinary day. The theme of the Day 2014 is ‘Youth and Mental Health’. Sitting in CNG rickshaw starring when asked about importance of this Day he replied, “These things do not matter. Everyday is like previous one. Is not it.” I am unlettered person and father of two children. I drive this rented-rickshaw for whole day to survive, he added.
IYD is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on August 12, 2000.
Nadeem said his parents died when he was a child. Being the eldest of his family naturally he had to take care of family members.
I am driving the rickshaw since age of 16 or 17. Now I am around at 27, he said in one sigh. Among my siblings I am the eldest. My late father also used to drive rickshaw and taxi.
Most of time I find educated people of my age jobless. So I sometimes do not feel difference between them and myself, he smirked.
But yes had I been educated one, I could have a day-time government job and could have earning around Rs 20,000-25,000 a month.
Rickshaw driving is like earning with no solid base. I start my work at around 9 am till I earn Rs 600 or more. I had to pay Rs 300 per day to my rickshaw owner.
Nadeem is residing at Liaquatabad in one-room house for which he pays rent of Rs 3,000 a month.
I had to work hard on special days like Eid. During Ramazan, I worked hard. On this turmoil I could able to buy new clothes for my family and for making good food on these occasions.
When my son sees some toy in hands of a well-off family kid, he also insists me to buy him which most of time is almost impossible for me, he said in depressing tone.
You asked about the day. Let me tell you I need someone who could help me buying a CNG rickshaw. Had I been having Rs 80,000 for advance could buy a rickshaw on installments, he said. My only problem is to buy a rickshaw and it does not matter what comes.
On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that August 12 would be declared IYD.
The 2014 IYD aimed to raise awareness on this important topic, as well as highlight the experiences of brave, young individuals who have chosen to speak out about issues with the objective of overcoming stigma and discrimination to ensure young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free from isolation and unnecessary shame and openly seek the services and support they need.
Another youth Hasham Haider (24), MBA graduate said reference remained a key issue for getting a job.
I started my career as an internee in a media house. I became an employee on roll as associate producer in the same organisation after sheer hard work, said Hasham.
Due to some issues I left the job. Interestingly whenever I apply for a job, I always asked a reference, he added.
Things are not ideal for Natasha Channa even. Natasha a twenty-something year old banker working as service ambassador in a private commercial bank was of the view youth of today was finding extremely difficult to get job according to their qualifications.
Today’s youth is facing security problem whether when it comes to get a job or maintaining the privacy, she said.
Even telephone calls data are traced. Whoever in need of record of calls could get information through source, as privacy was not being maintained, Natasha said.
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