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Young people make up 40% of all job seekers

Amman Today

publish date 2022-08-12 09:05:18

Jordan, the world, participates Friday in the celebration of the International Youth Day, which falls on August 12 every year, with 2.2 million young men and women in Jordanian society.

This year’s celebration comes under the slogan “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, with the aim of spreading the message that there is a need to work across generations to achieve the goals of sustainable development and to avoid leaving anyone behind.

This occasion is also intended to raise awareness of some of the obstacles that prevent intergenerational solidarity, as the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development recommended that countries of the world measure the percentage of young people who are not enrolled in education, training or work, and this percentage is high among Jordanian youth.

The General Secretariat of the Higher Population Council issued this briefing on the youth, supported by statistics taken from accredited official sources.

There are 2.2 million young men and women in Jordanian society, who were born between 1998-2007 and constitute one fifth of Jordan’s population.

Because the Jordanian society is young, the number of young men and women will increase in the coming years at a rapid pace due to the succession of 3.5 million children under the age of 15 entering this stage.

It is not possible to prepare this large number of young people for the future and provide them with knowledge, skills and means of protection from risks without an education and training system that responds to their life needs and the needs of the changing labor market.

The percentage of young people looking for work is high in Jordan, and they constitute about 40% of the total unemployed in Jordan.

Every year, no less than 70,000 (nearly 73,000 in the past year) of young people who sit for the General Secondary Certificate Examination, especially the academic branch, fail.

– Therefore, a very high percentage of males looking for work in Jordan have less than secondary education, 65% among all the unemployed and 62% among the Jordanian unemployed, and they are thus suitable for immediate engagement in jobs that do not require skills and training and are widely available in the Jordanian labor market.

Young people need upbringing, guidance, protection and through the educational system in the following areas:

1 – Valuing time and respecting work.

2 – Protection from early marriage of girls before the legal age (in the past seven years 15% of first-time marriages were to girls under 18 years of age, and this percentage is much higher among refugees).

3- Married young people hastening to give birth to their first child before they are sure of their readiness to assume the role and responsibilities of parenthood, because they have not resorted to means of postponing the first pregnancy.

4- Tobacco use, especially among boys and young men, as a survey of the World Health Organization for the age group 13-15 years indicated that about 35% of these boys and about 18% of girls have smoked cigarettes.

5 – 42% of current smokers in the age group 18-65 years indicated that they started smoking before the age of 16 years.

6 – The Ministry of Health classifies smoking among the risk factors for noncommunicable diseases; Where 69% of men and 17% of women in the 18-44 age group use tobacco and 29% and 9% of them, respectively, use e-cigarettes.

7- Overweight and obesity (26% of young women 15-19 years and 40% of young women 20-29 years are overweight or obese).

8 – Marital violence (about 23% of young women who were previously married said that they were subjected to violence from their husbands).

9- The dangers of exposure of young people of both sexes to harmful substances through unsafe use of the Internet.

10 – The dangers of vehicle accidents on the roads. Last year’s statistics showed that the age group 18-35 years was the most affected group in traffic accidents, accounting for 48% of the total number of injured in traffic accidents, and the category most involved in human injuries accidents with a rate of 44% of the total common drivers.

11 – The dangers of using dangerous substances and drugs.

The Higher Population Council’s interest in the Youth Day comes with the expectation that Jordan will reach the stage of demographic opportunity after the third decade of this century, which is expected to witness a decline in the proportion of children under 15 years of age and an increase in the proportion of young people and adults of working age, which will carry with it many returns on the Society and the family, represented by a decrease in the dependency ratio, an increase in family saving opportunities, and thus investment in the education and training of children and their health, an increase in the participation of mothers in the labor market, and an improvement in family income.

The future of any people is in the hands of its youth, and therefore investment is being made in preparing them to achieve the desired hope. Therefore, we referred at the beginning of this briefing to the current and future size of the youth segment and the need to protect and prepare it to advance itself, its family and its society.

It is not possible to prepare this large number of young people for the future and provide them with knowledge, skills and means of protection from risks without an education and training system that responds to their life needs and the needs of the changing labor market.

The Higher Population Council said that it is a matter of concern that the percentage of unemployed youth is high in Jordan, and a very high percentage of them have less than secondary education and are thus suitable for immediate involvement in jobs that do not require skills and training and are widely available in the Jordanian labor market. Fortunately, we are witnessing Today, there is a noticeable demand from young people to work in several sectors that were the preserve of expatriate workers.

The concerns are not limited to youth unemployment only, but this briefing pointed out a number of dangers that undermine the expected role of youth in development and the economic and social consequences of these dangers.

(The kingdom)

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