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40% of young people see education and employment as keys to their well-being, according to a global survey

40% of young people around the world identify education, professional skills and employment as the main ways to guarantee their future stability in a context marked by the pandemic, conflicts and climate change, according to a global survey published today.

Preliminary results of the survey, conducted among more than 823,000 youth by the Global Alliance for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and Well-being and with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), are published on the eve of International Youth Day, this August 12.

The survey wants to reach the million respondentsand from today an interactive dashboard will update your results in real time.

Asked about what they want to improve their well-being, respondents also mentioned “safe and supportive environment” (21.2%) and “good health and optimal nutrition” (16.3%).

Data was collected in many countries digitally, through devices such as smart phones, although in countries where they are not so widespread, in the case of some Africans or India, they opted for in-person surveys.

“With the publication of the results, what we want is to maximize the importance of the International Youth Day and show what young people want”, concluded the executive director of the Global Alliance for the Health and Well-being of Women, Children and Adolescents, Helga Fogstad.

The project organizers hope to collect at least 1 million responses by October with the aim of presenting the final results and serving as the basis for an action agenda to be presented at the World Adolescent Forum on October 11 and 12.

In presenting the report, the member of the WHO Youth CouncilDavid Imbago Jácome, stressed that the current post-pandemic context poses new challenges for young people.

“By 2022, in low- and middle-income countries, learning losses due to school closures due to the covid-19 They left up to 70% of 10-year-old children unable to read or understand a simple text, compared to 53% before the pandemic, ”he warned.


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