Introduction of the Macao Youth Federation
The “Macao Youth Federation” (MYF) was established on 15 September 2006. Under the support and care of the Macao SAR Government, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region, and all sectors of the society, various youth service work has been carried out. The purpose of the Macao Youth Federation is to unite and reach out to young people and youth organisations from all walks of life, strengthen communication and exchanges among young people from Macao and the rest of the world, foster healthy growth of young people, promote the social development of Macao, and contribute to the successful practice of one country, two systems.
1. Broadly unite youth from all walks of life
Establishing a joint organisation involving young people from all walks of life has been a long-standing common aspiration in Macao. The MYF is a broadly inclusive joint organisation, with members from various local youth organisations, and young people from all walks of life. The establishment of the MYF objectively provides a platform for young people from all walks of life to communicate, learn from each other, and improve together. The MYF will adhere to the founding purpose of “uniting and reaching out to young people and youth organisations from all walks of life”. Taking the establishment as an opportunity, we will further integrate the youth forces in Macao, strive to unite young people from different ethnic groups, different religious and cultural backgrounds, different classes and different industries, gather the positive forces of youth from all walks of life, consolidate and strengthen a patriotic team loving both China and Macao, and ensure that Macao’s core values are passed on from generation to generation so that the cause of patriotism is enduring.
2. Actively carry out foreign exchanges
It is MYF’s mission to strengthen contacts and exchanges with young people from the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and overseas to promote exchanges and cooperation between Macao and other places in the areas of economy, science, technology, communication, and education, and the MYF will attach importance to the work in this aspect in the future. The MYF will organise visits for exchanges or hold seminars and forums, and strive to create a platform for foreign exchange for the youth of Macao through various forms, as needed. By carrying out foreign exchanges, we will expand the international arena for youth cooperation, learn from the useful experiences of various regions’ youth organisations in carrying out youth work, broaden the horizons of young people in Macao, enhance mutual understanding among youths, develop friendly and cooperative relations with various regions’ youth organisations, and contribute to the reunification of motherland and the maintenance of world peace.
3. Guide the healthy growth of youth
“Instructing the young people to participate in social activities in an active and healthy way, and striving to serve for the healthy growth and development of young people from all walks of life” is an important part of MYF’s work. The MYF will take advantage of its extensive contacts, actively organise and participate in a variety of activities for the youth from all walks of life in Macao, provide a place for the young people to participate in social practice, and serve for the healthy growth and development of young people from all walks of life. Through various activities, young people are encouraged to learn the Basic Law of the Macao SAR, learn modern science, technology and cultural knowledge, and carry forward the great spirit of “patriotism, progress, democracy, science and innovation” advocated by the May Fourth Movement. The MYF will instruct young people to participate in social life in an active and healthy way, carry forward new trends of civilization, promote social integrity, and advocate good moral character and civilized behavior. The MYF will also instruct young people to develop their understanding and recognition of the Chinese nation and its traditional culture, enhance their national self-confidence and pride, care about national and Macanese major affairs, show concern for the economic construction and social development in the Mainland, actively support the modernisation of the motherland, and play their due role in the cause of national rejuvenation and “one country, two systems”.
4. Protect the legitimate rights and interests of youth
“Representing and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of young people from all walks of life” is the founding purpose of MYF. MYF is an organisation which belongs to the young people themselves and is the family of young people from all walks of life in Macao. Serving young people well is the starting point and destination of our work. The MYF will always focus on the youth of Macao, strengthen communication with them, listen to their voice, understand their needs, reflect their aspirations, and continuously improve its ability to serve the youth. At the same time, we will strengthen contact and coordination with relevant parties, pay attention to youth policies, help young people solve practical problems in the protection of rights and interests, and work hard to solve problems for young people. We will represent and protect the legitimate rights and interests of young people from all walks of life.
5. Support the government in its administration according to law
Under the leadership of the SAR government, Macao has achieved social stability and economic prosperity, and the “one country, two systems” policy has been fully implemented since the return of Macao. Macao is now facing a golden opportunity for development. However, with the rapid economic development, some social contradictions and problems have also emerged. Some of the deep-seated problems need to be properly resolved. To maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Macao’s society and achieve social harmony and prolonged peace and security, all sectors of the society need to work together and make greater efforts.