How many times have you wished you could grow at once? You could then decide when to study, eat chocolate or play video games.
However, the world of over 300,000 young people entering the adult world is not always rosy. Youth organizations are drawing attention to this on today’s International Youth Day.
»The biggest challenge for today’s youth is certainly the proper solution to the housing problem,« says Jasmina Opec Vöröš, head of advocacy at the Youth Council of Slovenia (MSS).
Young people who want to leave the home they lived in as children find it difficult to rent, let alone buy, an apartment. They are scarce or so expensive that young people cannot afford them at all, adds Jasmina Opec Vöröš.
Although youth unemployment has decreased in recent years, many still do not earn enough.
Their pay is not enough for rent, and banks do not want to lend money to those without regular income.
»This affects the independence of young people, because they have a difficult time starting a family,« said one interviewee.
Youth Day has been celebrated since 1999 at the initiative of the United Nations General Assembly.
The theme of this year is the transformation of education. The UN wants education to be accessible to all young people.
»It is also a great challenge to provide jobs for highly educated young people, especially in places other than major urban centres,« points out Jasmina Opec Vöröš.
Unemployment occurs when a person who is actively searching for employment is unable to find work.
Points to Consider
- Why is the world of grown-ups not always full of fun?
- are you a child or a young person?
- When is the international day of children?
The original version of this article was published on August 12th.