The World Is More Youthful Than Ever

798 WordsMar 21, 20164 Pages
The world is more youthful than ever. The number of people between 10 and 24 years old has never been greater, according to the United Nations (Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2014) accounting for slightly less than 1.8 billion in a world population of 7.3 billion. Most of them are concentrated in developing countries and this large generation of young people is preparing to move into adulthood in an increasingly unequal and competitive world. Inquisitive by nature, youth does not conform to stagnation and has the creativity necessary to think of innovative solutions to old problems. Therefore, a country with many young people – such as Brazil, with 50, 2 million boys and girls – is a nation of opportunities. Even so, youth is far from being a uniform category, being marked, on the contrary by the disparities that characterize the very countries around the globe. These vast and contrasting social structures and cultural contexts, between and within countries, impose different and increasingly complex challenges. For example, it increases the pace of demands for basic services, health care, education and the ability to absorb this labor force as well as the need to promote social, political and cultural participation for the sake of productive and creative incorporation of young people in society. Over the past 12 years Brazil protagonized an ascension on a scale that no generation has memory of, as a result of a happy combination of economic and social
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