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Jordan celebrates International Youth Day

According to the report by UN Women, the Department of Statistics’ Jordan Labor Market Panel Survey is outdated and underestimates the actual time spent by women on unpaid work. Graphic: Jordan News
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 AMMAN— Jordan celebrates the International Youth Day, which falls on August 12 every year, with 2.2 million young men and women in Jordanian society, according to Al-Mamlaka TV. اضافة اعلان

This year's celebration comes under the theme "Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages", which aims at delivering a message that there is a need to work across generations to achieve the sustainable development goals and to avoid leaving anyone behind.

This occasion also intends to raise awareness about some of the obstacles that prevent solidarity among generations, as the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development recommended that all countries should measure the rate of youth enrollment in education, training or work, and this percentage is high among Jordanian youth.

The General Secretariat of the Higher Population Council issued a briefing on the youth, supported by statistics taken from official source, stating that there are 2.2 million young men and women in Jordanian society, who were born from 1998 to 2007 and constitute one fifth of Jordan's population, in addition it said that the youth percentage is likely to increase highly due to around 3.2 million children now coming to the age of 15.

The briefing also stated that this large number of youth would only be ready for the future with the needed skills and knowledge if a responsive educational and training system was adopted, so as to respond to their needs and the ever-changing job market.

About 40 percent of young people are unemployed and yet seek work in Jordan, according to the briefing.

It also touched on the risks of the internet, obesity, domestic violence, drug using, smoking, and vehicle accidents.

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