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Meghalaya Unveils Ambitious MPOWER Initiative for Youth Empowerment

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Shillong: In a visionary move to enhance human capital outcomes for adolescents and youth, the Government of Meghalaya has given its nod to the groundbreaking Meghalaya Multi-Sectoral Project for Adolescent Well Being, Empowerment, and Resilience (MPOWER). The State Cabinet’s approval on February 2nd signals a commitment to fostering holistic support for health and well-being while ensuring a successful transition from school to work for the youth of the state.

Meghalaya Public service commission Lower Lachumiere[credit-Shillong today].

MPOWER, a comprehensive initiative, targets adolescents aged 9-19, both in-school and out-of-school, with a focus on building productivity and resilience. The program adopts a user-centric approach, aiming to transform lives through coordinated multi-sectoral interventions. To steer efforts effectively, the Meghalaya Human Development Council has been formed to provide guidance and coordinate systemic initiatives across various departments, agencies, and institutions.

Meghalaya’s Government is strategically aligning long-term plans to improve human capital outcomes through a range of policies and programs. Key initiatives include the Education Policy 2018, Youth Policy 2021, Early Childhood Development Mission 2021, Health Policy 2021, Mental Health and Social Care Policy 2023, and the Meghalaya Drug Reduction, Elimination, and Action Mission (DREAM) 2023. Entrepreneurship-building programs such as PRIME and FOCUS are also part of this comprehensive strategy.

As part of the State Capability Enhancement Project (SCEP) Framework, MPOWER adopts a Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach, ensuring flexibility to address evolving needs and circumstances. The initiative will be guided by an age-based skills competency framework and curriculum.

Meghalaya State Cabinet Approves MPOWER Project For Youth Empowerment.

Recognizing the critical window of opportunity for impacting social, emotional, and cognitive development during adolescence, MPOWER seeks to equip Meghalaya’s youth with essential skills, resources, and support systems. By addressing health, education, and career development in the adolescent stage, the program aims to contribute to sustainable economic growth, making youth future-ready.

The implementation of MPOWER is anticipated to bring about positive and lasting changes in the lives of young people, marking a significant step toward realizing Meghalaya’s long-term strategy for improving human capital outcomes among adolescents and youth. The initiative is poised to create a healthier and more empowered future for the state, aligning with the government’s commitment to holistic development.

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