newsThe Citizen reports that a new report shows SA is lagging behind in the ranking for countries that have made an improvement in youth development.

This was indicated in the 2020 Global Youth Development Index released this week by the Commonwealth Secretariat.   The index, a triennial ranking of youth development in 181 countries, ranked SA 131st, which was just 50 places above the last country at the bottom, namely Niger. The survey ranked countries according to the development in youth education, employment, health, equality and inclusion, peace and security, and political and civic participation. It looked at 27 indicators including literacy and voting to showcase the state of the world’s 1.8 billion people between the ages of 15 and 29. Among its recommendations, the index called for more investment in lifelong digital skills training of young people, mental health services, apprenticeships, road safety and youth participation in decision-making to reverse trends which adversely impact them. Nonceba Mhlauli, convener of the ANC Youth League national task team, commented: “Although the improvement is marginal in most developing countries such as (our) country, we also take stock of the fact that the Covid-19 disease has affected young people the most as development opportunities have been adversely affected by the global pandemic… As the Youth League, our task is therefore to mobilise young people to become active participants in the development process of their countries.”

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