World Youth Day is celebrated on 12th August every year since its adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1999, as an International Youth Day, to be annual celebration of the role of young women and men as key partners in the change. Also to be an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing these young men and women all over the world.
There are currently 1.8 billion of youth between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world, this is the largest number of young people ever.
However, 1 in each 10 children live in conflict zones and 24 million do not go to schools. The lack of political stability, the challenges of labor market and the limited space for political and civic participation have increased the isolation of young people in societies.
The most important indicators of youth
According to population estimates for 2018:
The number of youth in the age group (18-29 years) reached 20.2 million with 21% of the total population (50.6% males and 49.4% females).
According to the data of the General Census of Population, Housing and Establishments in 2017:
- The illiteracy rate among youth in the age group (18-29 years) reached 16% of the total youth (13.5% males, 18.5% females).
- 16.7% of the youth (14.2% males and 19.3% females) did not attend school.
- The percentage of young people who have enrolled and dropped out education is about 10% of the total youth, this percentage is doubled in rural areas compared to urban areas (12.6% vs. 6.5%), respectively.
- The number of households headed by youth reached 2,877,014 families, representing 12.3% of the total Egyptian households.
- 5.2% of all young people have functional difficulties (simple to absolute difficuties) (5.8% in urban versus 4.8% in rural areas).
- 44.6% of all youth use computers (47.8% males and 44.6% females).
- 47.4% of all youth use the Internet (51.9% males, 42.8% females).